3D Moravian Star – Coconut Tree / Palm Tree Frond Weaving

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This tutorial has step by step pictures showing how you can weave a 3D Moravian star using coconut / palm tree leaf. This pretty 8 point star can also be made with strips of (shiny) color paper and hung as Christmas tree decoration.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

Take 4 leaflets and fold them into half.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

Group them like shown below. So now we have 2 loops.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

Place one loop over the other like shown below.  Looks like I forgot to take picture of this step so I had to borrow the image from the fish tutorial. So your loops will have 2 leaflets like mentioned above.

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Fold the vertical loop up so it resembles the English letter N.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

Weave the horizontal leaf into the loop.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

Tighten and you will have a woven square like this.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

The backside will look like this.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

We want the front and the back to look the same. So start folding the sides like shown below.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

Weave the last side.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

The square has 8 strips attached to it. Each strip will be made into a sharp pointed cone now.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

Fold it at 45 degrees angle so that the strip is horizontal.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

Fold again so that it is vertical. This forms a wide triangle at the top.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

Fold the triangle into half.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

Insert the strip through the loop right below it. We have to make 7 more similar points in the star (4 on each side).

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

Second point.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

All four points done on this side.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

Close up look.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

Flip over and add 4 more points on the other side.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

There will be a V shaped gap between the two points. This is an indication that you are doing it correctly.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

All 8 points are done. Now we have to add the 3D effect in the center.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

Fold a strip and insert it into the loop right under it. Keep a finger to guide the shape when pulling the strip.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

Closeup view from the side.

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This will form a 3D triangle in the center.

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Repeat for all 8 strips.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

The star will have 4 triangles on each side.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

Cut off the excess length.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

3D Moravian star ready.

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

DIY 3D Moravian star - weaving coconut leaf or palm leaf

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