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How to Make a Palm Sunday Cross

An Easter palm cross!

When I entered the kitchen for breakfast one morning many years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find a small palm cross resting on a plate at my table place. My mother-in-law, Yvonne Sutton, had placed it there for me in celebration of Palm Sunday.

On this website, I feature origami related to Holidays such as Easter. Since I had always expressed my admiration for the palm crosses Yvonne made on this Christian holiday, I asked if she would teach me how to make this palm cross in a video tutorial for the Origami Spirit community.

Yvonne graciously accepted and so in this video, she teaches us how to make this traditional little Easter Cross.

This video is dedicated to the memory of our dear and much-loved Yvonne, who passed away in November 2014.

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Materials needed to make the Palm Cross

A long strip of palm or paper; about 14 inches is fine.

The process of making the palm cross is quite easy. The first part involves making a knot that will become the center of the Easter cross. Then the side and top shorter arms, and lastly the longer arm.

After folding the palm cross, my friend Karen Reeds (US) came up with an idea on how to use the same palm cross folding technique to make a garland: The Hugs and Kisses Garland. It’s easy and fun too. Check it out!


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10 thoughts on “How to Make a Palm Sunday Cross”

  1. I already made this cross one week ago and sent it to the Oerigami Spirit Fan Group. I followed the directions of your mother-in-law. I like to fold this cross.

  2. Where would I get some palm to makte this? From my church? My son wants to do this for a project for school. Thanksyour help. Helen. :-) :-)

  3. I tried this with ribbon and it works wonderfully! Once I was done, i ironed down the crosses so they keep the shape a bit better… Such a great tutorial! Thank you!

  4. We make palm leaf crosses in Greece too in honor of palm Sunday (next Sunday for us as Greeks are mostly Orthodox) But the leaves used here look WAY different. What kind of palmtree is the one you use?

  5. Definitely an easy cross to do. Thank you for the instructions. Want to know if this cross can be done with other materials other than palm.. like a ribbon.. I’ll definitely experiment.

    • Did you try it with ribbon? When you suggested that I thought, “What about using wide wired ribbon? Then I could make a large one for my front door!


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