HOLY WEEK CRAFT KIT: Palm Sunday

This tutorial page is part of the HOLY WEEK CRAFT KIT created by Orthodox Pebbles.

THANK YOU for purchasing the Orthodox Pebbles Holy Week Craft Kit! We are very excited to be doing this Christ-centered creative journey together with you. Please scroll down for some background on today’s themes and for a tutorial on how to do today’s crafts.


At church, on Palm Sunday morning, we celebrate the triumphant entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem. It is customary for the priest to distribute to the faithful crosses made out of palm branches, commemorating the victory of Christ against the evil powers.

Bible reading: John 12: 12-18

In the evening, the Orthros (Matins) service usually takes place in anticipation of the following day. So the themes mentioned on Palm Sunday evening are actually the ones relevant to Holy Monday. One of these themes is the withering of the fig tree, a miracle symbolic of those who claim religious identity, but who in reality have empty lives that yield no spiritual fruit. 

Bible reading: Matthew 21: 18-20

Today we are doing two craft projects, one for the morning, and one for the evening of Palm Sunday.


PALM SUNDAY MORNING – THE TRIUMPHANT ENTRANCE INTO JERUSALEM
Palm waver

The child can use this craft to act out the joyous welcoming of Christ into Jerusalem. Wave it while exclaiming: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”

You will need:

  • The printed Palm Waver template provided in the kit
  • A pair of scissors
  • The jumbo craft stick provided in the kit
  • The colorful ribbons provided in the kit
  • Scotch tape

MATERIALS PHOTO HERE

HOW TO MAKE THE CRAFT

Cut out the palm leaf template. You can be as detailed as you like, either cutting around every little shape like we did in the photos, or cutting around the overall shape of the waver. Tape the blank side of the leaf template onto the craft stick . If desired, tape the ribbon pieces onto the top part of the back side of the leaf. Ready!


PALM SUNDAY EVENING – THE WITHERING FIG TREE
Paper bag fig tree

You will need:

  • The printed page provided in the kit, containing the fig leaf templates
  • A pair of scissors
  • The paper lunch bag provided
  • Scotch tape or glue

HOW TO MAKE THE CRAFT

Cut out the leaves. Again, you can be as detailed as you like.

Cut the paper bag into 1/2-inch strips, starting from the top and going half-way down. Open the bag, stand it up, then twist it it at the middle to create the trunk. Twist a few strips together to make each branch.

Tape or glue the leaves onto the branches. Ready!

FREE ADDITIONAL MATERIAL

We have also created a Holy Week planner and a lesson plan for The Triumphant Entrance into Jerusalem that we are offering on our website for free.


BACKGROUND