We worshiped in an Anglican church while growing up. This meant every Palm Sunday the children would be given palm branches to wave while we joined the priest in a procession around the church.
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At the end of the service, every congregation member was invited to take home a palm cross lovingly woven together by a few members from the church, earlier on in the week.
Each year, without fail, my mother sends us Easter cards and doesn’t forget to add palm crosses for each member in our family.
How to make a Palm Cross for Palm Sunday
I love the ease of this craft as you really don’t need anything but green construction paper or light card stock, a pair of scissors and a ruler if you don’t trust your skills in cutting considerably even strips!
This tutorial is incredibly easy to follow. Just click on the tutorial collage to enlarge the pictorial instructions and then follow the steps outlined below.
- Cut a long strip of cardstock/craft paper, approximately 0.5-1″ in width and close to 12″ or more in lentgth.
- Take the strip and fold it in the middle to form an inverted right angle/ an upside down L.
- Now take the vertical strip and fold that up.
- Turn that reverse L over to form a 7 and then fold the vertical end over again.
- Then take the horizontal end and fold it over.
- Now when you look in the back you will notice you have made a small square pocket of sorts.
- Take the horizontal arm and slide it through the pocket from the back, all the way to the end and gently tug at it to ensure it’s firm.
- Now slide half the horizontal end to form one arm of the cross.
- Take the other end and fold it in to form the second arm of the cross. (Make sure both arms are of equal length)
- Now turn the cross over and take the vertical end of the cross and gently slip it through the pocket slit from the back. Leave as much of it on top as you would like and adjust the remaining through the slit to form the foot of the cross.
- And there you have it, your paper Palm Cross is ready!
This would be a neat craft to do as you prepare your child for Easter. If you’re looking for a good Bible to introduce to your little ones I highly recommend The Beginner’s Bible.
I’ve used this Bible with my 11 year old and 6 year old when they were younger. Now my 3 year old loves the pictures and the stories are short enough to keep her attentive from beginning to end.
The Collector’s Edition is AWESOME! The Bible comes packaged with a DVD and Audio CDs to carry along for those road trips. Three different ways to introduce God’s Word to your child.
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