Cardboard Palm Tree

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Cardboard Palm Tree
Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages school-age

Laden with balloon coconuts, this tropical tree helps set the party mood and serves as a centerpiece to pile birthday presents under.

Interested in learning more? Check out "it's a small world: the animated series" to watch six international friends travel to places all over the world - including the tropics! 

What you'll need

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Duct-tape
  • Balloons
  • Green poster board
  • Brown craft paper
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors

How to make it

  1. Start with two 10-inch by 5-foot pieces of corrugated cardboard and duct-tape them together to create a 2-ply tree trunk.

  2. Make a V-shaped base for the trunk by folding a 6- by 30-inch cardboard strip in half. Cut 2 slits (3 inches long by 3/16 inch wide) 4 inches in from each end. Cut matching slits 1 1/2 inches in from both sides of the trunk bottom. Slide the base onto the trunk.

  3. Cardboard Palm Tree

    Cut 2 large palm leaf shapes out of green poster board. Cut a 4- by 1/16-inch slit centered in the top and the bottom of one of the leaf shapes. Make a similar slit centered in the bottom only of the other leaf shape. Cut a slit in the center of the trunk top as well. Attach the palm leaves to the trunk as shown in the diagram above.

  4. For tree bark, wrap long, 8-inch-wide strips of brown craft paper around the trunk on a diagonal, overlapping the edges slightly and gluing or taping the paper in place as you go.

  5. Finally, cut a few 1 1/4-inch-long slits in the sides of the upper trunk. Attach inflated balloon coconuts (we used burgundy-colored ones) by sliding the balloon necks (just above the knot) into the slits.

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