How To Fold A Palm Cross In 10 Easy Steps

This is a Catholic classic, and must be added to the library of Catholic crafts here at Catholic Icing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here’s how you fold a simple cross out of a palm you get at Palm Sunday Mass.


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You start with 1 palm. Most of them are actually 2 connected together, so if it easily splits into 2 palms like so, separate them completely.

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Your palm will be really long like this. I can’t show the whole thing in every picture, but this will give you a feel for the length.

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1. Fold the palm down. The length of the short side will be the length of your completed cross.

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2.Turn it over so the long side of the palm is facing you. Fold the long side back at a 45 degree angle. This will make one arm of your cross.

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3. Fold the long side of the palm back at the length you want the arm of your cross to be.

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4. Fold the long side of the palm forward at the length you want the other arm of your cross to be.

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Now you have your basic cross shape, and you just need to secure it with the amount of palm that’s left. You’re basically going to make an “X” around your cross to hold it together now.

5. Fold the pointy end of the palm up at a 45 degree angle.

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6. Fold the palm down around the back.

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7. Now, fold the end up parallel to the arms of the cross.

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8. Fold it across the back again at another 45 degree angle.

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9. Now, bring the tail of the palm down and thread it under the little piece in the back.

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10. Wind the tail around and around that same piece until there is not enough left to wind it anymore.

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Turn it around and look at your awesome palm cross from the front!

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Each cross is going to look a little different because each palm is a little different, and that’s ok. They all take on a different personality.

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If you want your cross to stay looking nice (rather than curling up as it dries) you can put it under something heavy, such as a large book. This is similar in concept to pressing a flower.

You can find my list of 10 things you can do with palms here.

You can find more resources for Palm Sunday and Holy Week on my Lent page.

 

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Comments

  1. Thank you for posting this! I’m always stressed on Palm Sunday dealing with my boys and those palms. Yea, this year will be better ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thank you so much for the instructions on how to make a cross using palms. I went to Mass on Saturday evening before Palm Sunday Mass and I have always wanted to make a cross with my palm. Thanks to your simple instructions, I was able to. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Christine says:

    Thank you! I always wanted to know how to make a cross with our palms.

  4. Lucia Silva says:

    Thanks for this idea! I was always wondering, ‘How can we do this? I think it’s like this…’ and I was right how to do it! Haha, well, except for the tieing part…

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