Make a putting bowl and candle holder via painting some palm leaves.
We have pretty a collection of palm trees developing in the lawn and this time of 12 months they’ve all flowered and have fruit. I wonder at how rugged the leaves are, they seem to be indestructible. For example, I had been submerging a huge leaf in a bathtub of water for the beyond 3 days within the vain the hope that it’s going to soften so that I can cut it. No such good fortune, something element isn’t completely submerged simply dries out once more. They defy technological know-how!
So, as a part of my current palm leaf mission I even have resorted to the usage of greater manageably sized ones. These paintings in reality well as bowls and mini sculptures because they hold their shape.
This is the sort of palm they’re from – I don’t realize what type precisely however its no longer a big one.
And those are the type of leaves I imply, with toothbrush as size reference. Someone will in all likelihood point out that they are now not leaves at all however part of the fruit or flower. For the sake of hygiene I selected ones that had now not been laying on the ground for too lengthy or had any evidence of animal interest around them.
Some needed trimming with garden shears.
Next I lay them in water and bleach for 10 minutes or so, scrubbed them smooth with an antique toothbrush, then rinsed them with smooth water and laid them out to dry.
In my knowledge I decided to spray paint them so went via the whole rigmarole of overlaying sections. In retrospect it might were a whole lot less difficult to just paste a strip of covering tape and paint with a brush and chalk paint.
I used Krylon Chalky Finish in Anvil Grey. Some of the leaves had been so stained that I painted everything instead of leaving a number of the natural coloration.
Then I used correction fluid to draw dots on surely because it become at hand. Initially I used the little sponge applicator that incorporates the bottle however discovered it’s miles lots simpler to apply an ear bud (cue tip) because it gives a far neater dot so long as you keep the nib tidy and the cottonwool below manipulate. I suggest using ear buds with bamboo sticks as these are more environmentally pleasant. I’m positive you could additionally use acrylic paint or nail polish, or you may stick gems or stickers.
I changed into left with a quite collection of bowls.
Looking on the image above you can see that not all of the leaves have the equal form. This is in which you have to decide which would be simpler to apply as bowls and which could could be pasted upright. The one at the right is better as a bowl.
0 I used a glue gun to stick the rounded ones to portions of scrap timber. They look a little bit black and frightening on this photo however visible from all facets they are very sculptural.
1 Here they may be getting used as a part of a tablescape.