Palm Sunday Creative Projects

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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

We created two 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:

  • A printout of the relevant page in our printable packet above (sturdy paper such as card stock or premium printer paper works best)
  • A jumbo craft stick or drinking straw
  • Scotch tape
  • Colorful ribbons (optional)

Cut out the palm leaf shape. Tape the blank side of the leaf shape onto the craft stick or drinking straw. If desired, tape extra ribbon pieces on the top part of the blank side of the leaf. Ready!


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

You will need:

  • A printout of the relevant page in our printable packet above (premium printer paper works best)
  • A paper lunch bag
  • Scotch tape

Cut out the leaves from the prinout.

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 the leaves onto the branches. Ready!


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