Church of England Diocese of Norwich Thetford

Palm crosses

16 Feb 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Traditionally on Ash Wednesday we would burn last year's palm crosses to make the ash of repentance. While we are unable to do that this year, some of you might like to make a palm cross in readiness for Palm Sunday and display it during Lent.

1.<span style="font-size: 1rem; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;">. Cut a long strip of cardstock/craft paper, approximately 0.5-1″ in width and close to 12″ or more in lentgth.</span>

2. Take the strip and fold it in the middle to form an inverted right angle/ an upside down L.
3. Now take the vertical strip and fold that up.
4. Turn that reverse L over to form a 7 and then fold the vertical end over again.
5. Then take the horizontal end and fold it over.
6. Now when you look in the back you will notice you have made a small square pocket of sorts.
7. Take the horizontal arm and slide it through the pocket from the back, all the way to the end and gently tug at it to ensure it’s firm.
8. Now slide half the horizontal end to form one arm of the cross.
9. Take the other end and fold it in to form the second arm of the cross. (Make sure both arms are of equal length)
10. Now turn the cross over and take the vertical end of the cross and gently slip it through the pocket slit from the back. Leave as much of it on top as you would like and adjust the remaining through the slit to form the foot of the cross.
11. And there you have it, your paper Palm Cross is ready!