Why, Oh Why did it not occur to me to take some pictures of these palm trees in progress? Silly, I know!
Pool Noodles are the secret to making palm trees. I taped two pool noodles together end to end with duct tape. Then I spray painted them brown. Each tree took about 100 lunch size paper sacks. I cut the bottoms off of all of them and then smooshed them down together. I slid the bags onto the pool noodles until I had the whole thing covered. The bottom and top bag got taped onto the pool noodle with masking tape and kinda scrunched around to cover up the tape. After that I took them outside and sprayed a little brown paint on them to give them a bit of texture.
The palm leaves required 24 inch florist wire, hot glue and tissue paper. I cut the paper in half and laid the two rectangles end to end overlapping a little bit. Then I ran a generous bead of hot glue down the length of the paper starting about an inch from the end and embedded the wire in it. It took two pieces of wire for each one that overlapped in the middle and stuck out a few inches on one end. Then I glued the other piece of tissue on top over the same glue line. Next, I fringed the sides of the palm fronds.
I used fishing twine in the top of the pool noodle to hang them from the drop ceiling. Then I jammed the wires into the hole in the end of the pool noodle and used more fishing line to position the fronds.
Clear as MUD!