How to make a miniature palm tree

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19 May 2022
Add a pop of colour and some iconic beach foliage to your beach scene with this super simple to make miniature palm tree by Candy Chappill.

Create your own miniature paradise to escape to with this quick and simple tutorial!

DIY miniature palm tree tutorial

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You will need

  • Polymer clay – sand colour
  • Roller
  • 3mm spacers
  • Small round cookie cutter
  • Baking method
  • Polymer clay – green
  • Spacers – 1.5mm 
  • Needle/scalpel
  • Wooden balls
  • Swivel pin vice
  • Drill bit – 3mm
  • Superglue
  • Craft wire


1. Roll out some sand coloured polymer clay 3mm thick. Use a small round cookie cutter to cut out lots of little circles. Bake according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Miniature palm tree step 1

2. Roll out some green coloured polymer clay 1.5mm thick, and cut around the palm leaf template using a needle or scalpel.

Miniature palm tree step 2

This project originally featured in the August 2015 issue of Dolls House & Miniature Scene. Pick up a digital copy of the magazine, or subscribe for year-round miniature inspiration!

3. Carefully place the green clay on wooden balls, making sure all edges are flattened down. Bake on the wooden balls.

Miniature palm tree step 3

4. When your sand circles are cool, drill a 3mm hole in each one – you don’t have to be too neat with this part.

Miniature palm tree step 4

5. Once your leaves are baked and cooled, attached a long piece of craft wire to each one using superglue.

Miniature palm tree step 5

6. To assemble your palm tree, thread as many leaves as you want through your sand circles. Trim and secure the end with some superglue.

Miniature palm tree step 6

Wasn't that project a breeze?! If you're looking for more beach-inspired miniatures, create a miniature deckchair to sit underneath your palm tree...

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