Introduction: How to Weave a Small Mat From Coconut Leaves

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The beautiful table mat you see here is woven from coconut leaves. This is a small 10 inches x 10 inches mat, very flexible and can be used for a very long time. You can use this mat on your dining table also to keep bowls with food items

Please go through the instructable on how to weave this small table mat using coconut leaves

Step 1: Harvest Coconut Leaves

You can collect the coconut leaves known as fronds from a large branch from the tree. we need about 10 to 12 pieces of these fronds

  • Pull away the fronds from the branch
  • Trim the frond edges which are used to attach with the branch
  • Using a craft knife, remove the stick running at middle of the fronds
  • Now you have 2 leaflets from one frond

Step 2: Start Weaving

  • Place required number of leaflets side by side on the floor (9, 10 or 11 to the required size)
  • Take another leaflet and weave through leaflets on the floor in an above and below pattern
  • Continue adding leaflets till the numbers on both sides are equal.
  • You can also add more leaflets on both sides to make it larger

Step 3: Folding Extra Length

  • If you look at the partly woven mat at this stage, you will find the extra length of leaves in an above and below position
  • First take the leaflets at one side which are below and fold them over the end leaf
  • Insert the folded portion through other leaflets in perpendicular in the same pattern as above and below
  • Trim end of leaflets protruding through. Do this for all four sides

The last picture shows the finished mat at this stage

Step 4: Repeat Folding on Other Side

  • Now turn over the mat and repeat same we did on the other side, like folding extra length and inserting ends through the leaflets in perpendicular
  • Trim all extra length of leaflets and our mat is finished

This mat is 10" X 10" in size and can be used as a table mat. It lasts for a long time even after drying

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