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
- 8 dried banana leaves
- 20 fresh cut flowers
- 15 fresh cut leaves
- 10 basil leaves and flowers
- 10 mint leaves
- 1 Roll thin package ribbon
- 1 Pair scissors
- Tear small strips of the banana leaf off the center stem. Save the stems to form your wreath base.
- Gather fresh cut flowers (with long stems) and herb leaves from your garden.
- 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.
- Cut a long piece of the thin wrapping ribbon and tie the two ends together.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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