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Make sustainable holiday decorations with palm fronds

PalmArt playshop will feature bracelets, table decorations and wreaths

November 1, 2011
Lehigh Acres Citizen

A workshop on weaving royal palm fronds into baskets, bracelets, napkin rings, Christmas wreaths and other items will be held on 11/11/11 for only $11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Participants will learn how to render a variety of materials from plants found in their yards, like natural twine, table decorations, and even paper that can be written on. Local writer/teacher Shawn Holiday will provide all the materials needed, but participants are welcome to bring natural items from their yards.

"People are more curious than ever about protecting our environment, especially in simple ways that save time and money," says Holiday, who has sells his PalmArt crafts at the Edison/Ford Winter Estates and at private parties. "We'll be celebrating a unique day in history (11/11/11) by hand making items from locally harvested and recycled materials, that can be enjoyed and then composted, and were created without any pollution. As a special bonus, we'll make wildflower seed grenades for guerilla gardening projects."

Holiday creates a unique experience based on traditional techniques that are fun and rewarding for the whole family. From shields and arm bands to head rings with wildflowers, the possibilities of palm fronds are endless. This workshop will be held on November 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Edwards Building on the campus of the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. Cost is $11 person, $25 per family of four or less. For more information or to register, call (239) 332-7992 or e-mail



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