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Dried Banana Leaves and Flower Wreath

In Tahiti I make dried banana leaf, herb, and flower wreaths as decorations for my home. Furthermore, I love the smell of the dried herbs. The dried banana leaves and fresh flowers add a beautiful contrast to my home's decor. After the flowers dry the wreath takes on a whole new look. What is wonderful about making these wreaths is the fact you can use any flowers, herbs, and leaves to decorate the wreath.

Total Time: 1 Hour

Yield: 1 Wreath




  1. Tear small strips of the banana leaf off the center stem. Save the stems to form your wreath base.
  2. Gather fresh cut flowers (with long stems) and herb leaves from your garden.
  3. Take three of the banana leaf center steams and braid them together. The braid should be around 24-inches long to make a 12-inch round wreath.
  4. Cut a long piece of the thin wrapping ribbon and tie the two ends together.
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  6. Hold the braided banana leaf stem in your left hand. Take 2 to 3 strips of banana leaves and fold them in half. Place the folded banana leaves in the center of your braided stem.
  7. Wrap the ribbon around the folded banana leaves. Make sure you wrap the ribbon securely around the folded leaves; this holds the leaves in place.
  8. Continue adding 2 to 3 pieces of folded banana leaves to your stem. Wrap the leaves with the ribbon each time you place new banana leaves on the stem.
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  10. Every few inches add a few fresh flowers, leaves, and herbs to the wreath. When cutting your flowers make sure they have a long stem on them. You will need to wrap the ribbon around the stems of the flowers, leaves, and herbs to hold them in place.

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