Use a paper towel roll to make hand print palm trees to celebrate the holiday with this Palm Sunday craft. As palms are so symbolic of hope, let a whole tree symbolize a bushel of hopes to share with your friends and family.
“Hand Print Palm Tree” Palm Sunday Craft
– Green construction paper
– Paper towel roll
– Brown craft paint
– Black marker
– Brown Play Dough or clay
– Straight pins
At the time of His entry into Jerusalem the people believed Jesus was the Christ who would free them from the hardships placed on them by the Romans. So they shouted praises of joy when they saw Him. They did not understand that the reason Jesus came to earth was not to free them from the Romans, but to free them from their sins and to offer them the gift of everlasting life. What Jesus had in mind was beyond their wildest dreams!
Let’s make our own palm branches to honor Him.
1. Use brown craft paint to paint the paper towel roll and let it dry.
2. Trace hand prints on the green construction paper.
3. Cut out the hand prints.
4. Cut deep slits in the hand print leaves to make them look like palm fronds, without cutting all the way through the leaves.
5. Place a small wad of Play Dough or clay at the top of the paper towel roll. Press around the edges so that it will stay in place. This will be used to attach palm prints to the top of the tree trunk.
6. Use straight pins to attach leaves to the clay at the top of the trunk. Pin one leaf to the front, one to the back and one to each side. Add additional leaves as desired to fill out the paper palm tree.
7. Use black marker to make rings around the trunk of the tree to make it look like the trunk of a palm tree.
8. Place tree into a bit of play dough to hold it upright.
This week, put your palm tree where you can see it. Whenever your hopes don’t work out the way you want them to, touch the leaves, and say a prayer of faith to God. Remember that God has a much bigger plan, and He always knows what He is doing.
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