To form the palm tree stem take the solid plastic rod, and use a
knife to score round the trunk every 8-10 mm. Then whittle down from
each score to the one below so that it looks like a series of upturned
cones inside each other. When you have finished give it a light brown
wash which will help to accentuate the shape.
Dead leaves under the crown are sisal with a few grains of scatter
material glued on with PVA, and the whole lot then painted brown.
The leaves are pairs of plastic aquarium leaves with the stem cut away
above and below. A scalpel is used to cut the leaf shapes. To assemble
the head crush the join between the 2 leaves with pliers to widen it,
then make a hole with a darning needle and thread this on to wire. PVA
mixed with green acrylic is used to improve the join and the wire is
slotted into a hole bored in the top of the stem.
Texture the base