Make your own palm trees with pool noodles

One of the things I miss most about teaching….decorating my classroom! I was so excited to visit my mom’s classroom last week and see all her cute monkey decorations. I had so much fun playing on her Smartboard and showing her a few tricks too! My oldest daughter starts Kindergarten this year, and I plan to help her teacher as much as possible. Her teacher has chosen a Chicka-Chicka Boom Boom theme this year. SO what goes better than a few palm trees???  Her sweet teacher sent me a link to a palm tree made out of a pool noodle, and I got started making a couple palm trees for her classroom!  Really an easy project that was super fun! Here’s how to create your own palm trees…..


You will need:

  • pool noodles
  • brown paper lunch sacks (about 100)
  • brown spray paint
  • green tissue paper
  • 16 gauge floral wire (I bought a package of long wires that had already been cut.)
  • hot glue
  • duct tape


  • First I cut a pool noodle in half with scissors. I used duct tape to tape half of the noodle to another whole noodle.
  • Cut the bottoms off of the paper bags.
  • Slide the paper bags onto the pool noodle and scrunch together. Use tape to secure the bag on the bottom and top.
  • Spray paint the palm trunks brown.


  • To make the palm fronds, take one piece of tissue paper and lay it flat. Run a line of glue down the center of the paper. Place the piece of floral wire onto the glue line.


  • Now run another line of glue on top of the wire and place another sheet of tissue paper on top.


  • Now fold the tissue paper in half lengthwise. Cut the edge in a circle shape as shown below.


  • Cut about one inch strips almost to the center wire.


  • To put the palm fronds onto the trunk, you just poke the wire into the pool noodle.


And now you have a cute palm tree decoration. The palm will not stand on its own, so you will probably have to hang it from the ceiling with fishing line!

*Click here for the original source for this idea!










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21 thoughts on “Make your own palm trees with pool noodles

  1. Hi,

    I’d like to direct my customers to your website so that they can make your trees for our “Garden of Eden” lesson. I’m going to post your link on the site and a photo of your gorgeous trees. If you prefer I do not associate you with a religious organization, I’ll take it down. I noticed you have easter egg cupcakes, so I am guessing you’ll be fine with the connection, but if not, let me know!

  2. Hi Julia! So glad you like the palm trees. This is a really fun project and turns out so cute! I would love for you to share a link on your site. Appreciate you asking! Jamie

    • Thank you so much! So sorry to have not responded yet as I am just seeing your question. I just left a small piece of wire uncovered at the end of the leaf and shoved the wire into the pool noodle. The wire I used was fairly thick and held pretty well!

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  5. We used pool noodles to create flowers and trees for this year’s VBS. Dollar Tree toilet plungers fit perfectly in the bottom to help hold them up.

    • Hi! Thanks for stopping by! I cut the bottoms off of the bags so they were easy to slide onto the pool noodle. It’s been a long time since I made these, so I am not sure what I did with the extra pieces from the bottoms of the bags. I probably used them for some other project or just recycled them. I hope this helps!

  6. This is such an awesome idea! I’m going to use this in my tropical themed nursery for my daughter 🙂 thank you for sharing!

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  8. How long were your palm leaves? What size of tissue paper did you use? How long were your pieces of wire per palm leaf?

    • I would say my palm leaves were about 24″ long. I used regular tissue paper…just the kind you get at Walmart with the gift wrapping stuff. I think the pieces of wire were also around 24″. Sorry for my delayed response! Hope you were still able to make this craft and enjoyed it!

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