Every Palm Sunday when they would give out Palm branches (fronds) at church – I used to marvel at the people that could quickly fold their palm branch into a cross!Eventually I figured out how to do the palm folding – and I was astounded at how easy it was.
Don’t be intimidated by the steps, they go very quickly and once your hands get used to the motion its a 3 minute process! The following post will take you step by step through the process, easy peasy!
Folding a palm branch into a cross can be a beautiful decoration for Easter, or all year long.
Step 1: First, hold the palm branch in your hand, pointy side of the branch facing side up.
Step 2: Fold the blade at a 90 degree angle, to the right.
Step 3: Hold the fold down, you will see it crates a triangle. Now fold that triangle down.
Step 4: Fold again. You will now see a small square where the triangle was.
Step 5: Push the pointy end around the back of the square, and fold over so the pointy end is now facing left.
Step 6: Take the pointy end and loop it towards you, then push the pointy end through the square until it comes out the other side.
Step 7: Pull it all the way through.
Step 8: Gently tug on both sides until it is locked in position.
Step 9: Loop the pointy end towards yourself, and push through the square.
Step 10: You just made the top of your cross.
Step 11: Turn your branch 45 degrees so that the pointy end is now facing downward, and the fat end is facing to the right.
Step 12: Now flip the branch so that the fat end is now on your left (pointy side is still down).
Step 13: Take the fat end of the branch and loop it towards you into the square.
Step 14: Pull it until it reaches about the same length as the head you previously made.
Step 15: Now, turn your branch over so that the straight fat end faces left once more.
Step 16: Last, take the fat end and loop it towards you back into the square, until it’s about the same length as the other two parts. Tuck it into the square – and you’re done!
There are lots of pretty ways to display your Palm Sunday Cross! What about making a spring display? Or tucking a cross on a Spring wreath, or above the entrance to your home? There are lot’s of possibilities!
What do you do with Palm Sunday Branches?