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Folding Palm Crosses, Flowers, and More for Palm Sunday

Updated on April 8, 2017

Turn Palms into Meaningful Palm Sunday Symbols and Decorations

The cross folded from a Palm Sunday palm frond is a tradition that has been around for many years. Folding your palm is a way to express the Easter story. Jesus came into the town walking over the palms laid down by the people, but one week later died on a cross.

Palms are passed out at most churches on Palm Sunday in America, but they are used worldwide in a variety of ways in the Palm Sunday service.

See what else you can make from your palms, from a large palm floral display, to a simple rose bud.

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Make a Flower From Palm Sunday Palms
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How to Make a Palm Rose

I've made a step by step guide, with photos, for making this palm rose:

How to Make a Palm Rose for Palm Sunday

Books on folding or plaiting palms

These are a few great books on plaiting palms. Two other good ones, which Amazon appears to not currently carry, are Palm Weaving Guidesheets and Palm Weaving the Story and the Art Video.

Palm Sunday Celebrations from Around the World

Check out more amazing photos like these at the The Palaspas Palm Leaf Art Group on flickr.

Fun with Flax

Fun with Flax: 50 Projects for Beginners
Fun with Flax: 50 Projects for Beginners

These 50 interesting and entertaining projects are designed to teach beginners the basic skills of the Maori craft of plaiting. Fun with Flax shows how to make items ranging from a simple windmill, a dart and a whistle to more complex puzzles, balls, birds, fish and even a caterpillar. Each project is described one step at a time with easy to follow line drawings and instructions.

Palm Roses on Palms
Palm Roses on Palms

Palm Sunday Displays

By folding palms into crosses, flowers and other shapes, you can create a beautiful palm display for Palm Sunday. Make a display for a door, make a cross, or create a flower bouquet.

Also, you can mix in some real flowers. Purple or white ones would be especially fitting for the holiday season.

Eco-Friendly Palms

Go Green by using environmentally friendly palms. Make the responsible choice to purchase from a supplier who regularly replants native vegetation and does not over-harvest. Also be sure they treat and pay their harvesting labor appropriately.

Children's Books about Palm Sunday

Reading and re-reading a wonderful children's book about Palm Sunday is a great way for kids to learn the story and why we celebrate this day.

African Palms USA

African Palms USA is a non-profit organization which organizes the sale of palm crosses handmade in Africa to churches in America. The proceeds from the sales are returned to Africa in the form of non-denominational self-help grants to meet very basic human needs, such as: disaster and refugee relief, medical and public health programs and agricultural programs.

Click here to watch a video of a village man folding a palm cross. With just one hand, he expertly folds the cross to help support his family.

The African Palms program was founded in 1965 by Father Alan Talbot, an Anglican priest who served for six years as a missionary in the Diocese of Masasi in Tanzania, not far from the Mozambique border. Father Talbot observed the poverty of the people and sought ways for them to augment their income above that achieved from subsistence farming. He encouraged the villagers to begin making palm crosses for use in churches on Palm Sunday. At first he distributed crosses to friends and churches in London. From this small beginning the project spread until it included all of the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Sweden, and Germany. This year over 6 million crosses will be shipped worldwide, 1.8 million in the U.S. alone.

African Palms USA crosses are made from dried branches of the dwarf palm Hyphaena Coriacia, and are each approximately 4.5" x 6". Crosses are sold in quantities of 50 only. Depending on the quantity ordered crosses are sold at a cost of $0.19 - $0.23 per cross

African palms USA order form

Making Crosses for African Palms USA

Making Crosses for African Palms USA
Making Crosses for African Palms USA

Do you have any questions or tips on folding palms? Any ideas you'd like to share?

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      This link Parish Church of St Giles Aintree - How to make a Palm Cross

      How to make a Palm Cross, St Giles Aintree does not work.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Interesting lens! In my country, we call this "palaspas" and it's blessed on Palm Sunday.

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      marktplaatsshop 3 years ago

      A real nice lens, and easy to do, with the instructions in the video's thanks for sharing

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      Thank you for telling us about African Palms.

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      TammyM2 4 years ago

      This is so cool. I want to try it with ribbon.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Good to see these traditions still live on.

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      ToteBagFashion 4 years ago

      I think this is a nice lens and I found it informative and interesting. I now know how to make a cross from palm trees.

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I grew up with Catholic school education, and can remember making palm crosses similar to these in school. This brings back memories.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Finally. I've been trying for years to do this, but this is the first time I could put a cross together without stapling it. Good instruction video. Thanks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is so hard!! I could bearly pass 2nd one

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Very nice

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      Badbreathguy 5 years ago

      Every year I am handed one of these when I go to church on Palm Sunday. Now I know how a Palm Cross is made.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Fantastic - we have a bunch of wonderful Filipino friends who folded amazing corsses for everyone after church on Palm Sunday. It was such a labor of love!

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      Cindy 5 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      I'm sure your lens on folding a palm cross has helped many people during this Easter season, great tips for using our palms!

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      Lisa Morris 5 years ago

      That is a wonderful idea, Folding Palm Crosses.

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      I make these crosses every year. A fun tradition!

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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      Nice lens..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      it's an awesome website.Never knew that we could do so much with palms.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for the cool lens Happy Palm Sunday!

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      nyclittleitaly 5 years ago

      Thank you for that clip showing how to fold a cross. Great job and great lens.

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      nyclittleitaly 5 years ago

      Great lens. Happy Palm Sunday.

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      RecycleRRR 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very interesting. Great lens. God bless!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. Saw things I never knew.

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      Pangionedevelopers 5 years ago

      great lens

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      chrispell017 6 years ago

      nice lens!

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      leansmasterpranav 6 years ago

      Really liked this lens

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      terrygw 6 years ago

      Making plam cross, this is a very creative topic yet useful especially for special days

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      theprintcenter 6 years ago

      Really liked this lens, thank you so much for posting.

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      I've seen a couple of people bringing palms in a church once, they are brought their to be blessed during Easter. They look simple to make but quite tricky when you try making it yourself. Some are really more elaborate than crosses. They're very beautiful to look at yet very symbolic. Happy Easter everyone!

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      CofCJenny LM 6 years ago

      This was the first year that my mom missed church on palm sunday (lots of stressful things going on right now, totally slipped her mind/no one realized what day it was) and although I don't go every year, and I'm not religious (though I am spiritual) I have to admit that the palms are one of my favorite things. I think it has to do with the tradition behind it. Plus, we can never remember how to make certain objects out of the palms, I never would have thought to check for youtube videos as a reminder! Very awesome

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Oh I love this! Thanks for sharing...Happy Palm Sunday! â 

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      We like to make crosses out of our Palms, too! Thanks for the interesting resources. Featuring this on 'Christian Easter Crafts'. : )

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      Violin-Student 6 years ago

      Interesting lens. I used to own a florist shop and it was amazing how many folks came in before Palm Sunday looking for "palms" but meaning something else. And living in Mexico for a year I saw tons of folks doing this work. Good page. Gonna bookmark this one and come back for sure. Thanks.

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      thepartyanimal2 6 years ago

      Wow - who knew so much can be made from the Palms - *Blessed*

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      Sue Mah 6 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Never thought you could do so much with the palm. We just get the kids to wave the palm leaves during Palm Sunday. Congratulations on the purple star.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love hearing from someone who loves to this stuff and sharring useful info

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      BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Beautifully done! Congrats on the fabulous lensranks and purple star. :D

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      i have never thought that it is possible to find such information

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      If only I had read this lens days ago, I would have learned how to make palm crosses right in time for Palm Sunday. Nevertheless, this lens is pretty helpful and as early as now I will practice folding palm crosses. 5*

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wonderful lens! Lensrolling to my Cling to the Cross lens and Easter lenses.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      Congrats on another purple star!

      Your lens has been featured at

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Funny, I'm visiting after Spirituality with virtually the same message. Your lens is being featured on Easter Time Headquarters and would appreciate a lensroll. Thanks!

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      kab 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @religions7: Thanks. I've lensrolled it.

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      religions7 7 years ago

      Great lens, but you knew that :) Just wanted to remind you that this is featured on the Christianity Headquarters:

      It's now transformed into a lensography and I would love it if you could feature it here, or lensroll it or something.

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      Lynne Modranski 7 years ago from Ohio

      Nice job! Great information! Thanks for sharing!

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      badmsm 8 years ago

      Fantastic lens! 5 stars & a Squid Angel Blessing. :)

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 8 years ago from Northern California

      A little late for Easter, but Angel Blessings.

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      TankDog 8 years ago

      Great resource, 5 stars and lensrolling to my Lent lens! Keep up the good work.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done page about palms. I particularly enjoyed learning about African Palms USA.


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