Last updated on July 7th, 2020
On the Sunday before Easter, Christians celebrate Palm Sunday. Recalling the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, churches distribute palm leaves in remembrance of people who waved them and carpeted his path with them. Here is a step by step guide on how to make palm frond crosses for the congregation!
If your church doesn’t already have a supplier, just find your local supplier which supplies “Palm Fronds for Palm Sunday”. The fronds come pre-cut and bound into sections. They dry out fast, so keep them in the refrigerator.
How to Make a Palm Frond Cross
- Hold the palm blade pointy side up.
Fold the blade to the right about half-way down to make a 90 degree angle.
Fold down once. Then, fold down again.
– You should now have a small square shape.
Push the pointy end around the back of the square and fold over.
Take the pointy end on the left, and loop it towards you without making any turns.
– Push then pull the pointy end through the square until it comes out of the square.
– Pull through all the way.
Hold onto the square with one hand and tug on the fat and pointed ends to secure it.
– You should now have a locked 90 degree angle.
Take the pointy end and turning it towards yourself, push through the square.
– This is the head and base of the cross.
Turn 90 degrees to where the pointy end is facing downward and the fat end is facing to your right.
Flip it so that the fat end is now on your left.
Take the fat end and loop it away from you into the square.
– Pull it until it reaches about the same length as the head.
Turn it over to where the straight fat end faces left again.
Take the fat end and loop it towards you back into the square.
– Pull until it is about the same length as the other two parts.
– Be sure to tuck it inside the other loop so that you can’t see it. Your palm frond cross is ready!
You can keep your cross after the service or you can leave it with the church. Leftover crosses are saved until the next year, when they’re burned to make the ashes for the Ash Wednesday service.