I grew up attending a large Episcopal Church in Southern Florida. Every year, the week before Palm Sunday would be all hands on deck to make enough palm crosses for the congregation. All that experience has come in handy, since I now seem to be the go-to person for teaching how to make palm crosses at my current church. For the benefit of my “students” (who would probably appreciate it if I didn’t get flustered and skip a step halfway through the process), I’m posting a step-by-step tutorial for making palm crosses.

This is VERY image-heavy, but I've found that the more detail I give when making these, the better. Kudos to my husband for taking the pictures (with my new camera, which we haven't quite figured out how to focus, apparently).



Step 1: Material

If your church doesn’t already have a supplier, just do a Google search for “Palm Fronds for Palm Sunday”. The fronds come pre-cut and bound into sections like the one pictured. They dry out fast, so keep them in the refrigerator (NOT the freezer). If they start to look dry, put a wrung-out damp paper towel in with the fronds. The same storage tips apply for your finished palm crosses.

OMG! I'm from Greece (we're orthodox Christians) and my granny used to do this very thing every palm Sunday when she was a child .. great 'tible btw<br>
How neat! I've done crosses since I was about ten in our Episcopal Church in Florida, but I don't know anything about the history of the crosses, or how many other churches make them :)
<p>thank you great instructions :)</p>
<p>Made it for a second time today! Thanks again!</p>
<p>Love it, I just made several! Instructions were great. </p>
This is an interesting way to do it. I have known other ways the loop on all four sides a few times.
<p>Sadly, the instructions are missing a step or something because I've been making these for years but no one I gave these two could make a cross. They got confused as to where the pointed tip was supposed to be in step 6 and also ran out of palm no matter how many times and ways they tried. :(</p>
<p>Sorry you're running into problems :( Sometimes it helps to start out with a VERY small cross at the start (maybe two or three inches at the most) in order to make sure there's enough palm at the end in order to do the final threading. Keeping the arms of the cross fairly short helps too.</p><p>I wonder sometimes if I should add an extra picture for step six to include an in-between step, to show that after bending the palm in the center so that the tip points to the right (step 5), you then bend it until the tip points away from you, and then wrap the palm around the back of the cross until the tip is pointing to the left (step 6).</p>
Thank you so much for this! I had some trouble with running out of palm but this is awesome! I've always wanted to make one of these and your instructions were great
Thank you for posting a picture, that looks perfect!
<p>Thank you so much for these instructions! As you can see, I made a whole bunch for friends and family today (Palm Sunday). And yes, the trick is in the FLIP :)</p>
Looks great!
Thank you for a very timely Instructable.&nbsp; I did not notice the focus problems you mentioned.&nbsp; If you are having problems with focus, pressing the shutter a bit slowly gives the camera time to do the focusing.&nbsp; <br />
Thanks for the tip! I think the main problem was that we were trying out one of the macro settings for getting up-close shots. It didn't quite work out, so we'll probably have to use the simpler settings next time.
great Instructable, I have tried to make these a couple of times but no one I know could figure it out! Your camera seems good to me, one thing you might try though is using the macro setting when you do close up it looks like a little flower on most cameras.

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