Celebrate With Christian Crafts for Palm Sunday

by Karen & Grace Morris

Celebrate the triumphant entry into Jerusalem with these Christian crafts for Palm Sunday. Your class will have fun making a donkey, palm leaves, and other crafts. Most of the projects are easy enough for preschool children.

Click the pictures to go to the individual Christian Crafts for Palm Sunday. 

The Bible story is in the Gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John. 

The Road to Jerusalem

easy road to Jerusalem craft

The multitude spread their garments on the road. Others cut down tree branches and placed them on the road. Matthew 21:8, Mark 11:8, Luke 19:36

You will need;

  • Background sheet
  • Scraps of several colors of tissue paper
  • Green tissue paper
  • Brown construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Baby wipes
  • Marker
cut a rectangle for the gate

Cut a 4 1/2 by 2 1/2 rectangle from brown construction paper. 

fold in half and cut out the center

Cut a 4 1/2 by 2 1/2 rectangle from brown construction paper. Then, fold the rectangle in half. On the open end, draw a 1-inch line. Also, draw a 1-inch line at the top. Cut on the lines. Your shape will look like an upside-down “L.”

cut different colored tissue paper

Unfold the “L” shape and glue it to the left top corner. This will be the gate to the city. 

From the bottom right corner to the gate, draw two lines for a road. 

Cut squares approximately 1 inch from different colored tissue. Glue the squares on the road. 

cut green tissue

Cut 1-inch oval shapes to represent tree branches.

glue the green tissue on the road

 Glue the ovals over the tissue squares. Write “Jerusalem” on the gate.

Christian Crafts for Palm Sunday:  a Class Project

road to Jerusalem, a class project

Have your class be part of the multitude near the road to Jerusalem.

You will need;

  • Butcher paper or several pieces of white paper
  • Colored construction paper
  • Green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Double-backed tape (optional)
fold the paper and draw the outlines

Cut several 6 by 9-inch rectangles from different colors of construction paper. Have your students choose their favorite color. 

From the fold measure 1 1/2 inches. From this point, make a line to the cut edge that is 4 inches long. Now, draw a line from the edge  towards the center that is 1 1/2 inches long. Draw a line that is 2 1/2 inches for the inside of the sleeve. Finish the garment by making a 4-inch line to the bottom.

Also, have your students make palm branches. From green paper, cut a 6 by 4 1/4 inch rectangle. Fold the rectangle in half so that it is 2 1/8 inches wide. Draw a branch.

cut on your lines

Cut on the lines on the garment. 

For the palm branch, cut slits almost to the fold, rounding the outside edge. 

unfold and see palm branches

Unfold to see your tree branch.

unfold and see garments

Unfold, you should have something that looks like a shirt.

place on paper road

Make a road from paper. Add a strip of double-back tape to the garments and palm branches. Have your students stick the garments and tree branches on the paper in a line. Have them say Hosanna while doing so.

Make Palm Branches

Christian crafts for Palm Sunday would not be complete without palm branches.

palm branch craft

(The people) took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. John 12:13 KJV

Supplies;

  • Green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
cut rounded rectangles

Cut two 9 by 1-inch rectangles and eight 4 by 1-inch rectangles from green paper. Round one of the ends on each of the ten rectangles. 

glue the smaller rectangles to the longer one

Glue the smaller rectangles to the sides of the larger rectangle so that it looks like a palm branch.

glue the other longer strip on top

Glue the longer rectangle on top.

A palm branch made out of a paper plate.

Jesus Rides on a Donkey

Jesus on a donkey craft

Jesus sent two of his disciples to get a donkey. Garments were placed on the colt. Jesus rode the donkey into Jerusalem. See Matthew 21:1-7, Mark 11:1-7, Luke 19: 29-35.

Supplies;

  • Brown construction paper
  • A scrap of black paper
  • Markers
  • Scraps of favorite colored paper
  • A scrap of white paper
  • Clothespins
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
pieces for the donkey

To make the donkey, cut a 3 1/2 by 4 1/2 rectangle, 1 1/2 inch circle, and two 1 3 /4 by 1/2 inch triangles from brown paper.

fold the rectangle in half

Fold the 3 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch rectangle in half, hold the rectangle so that the fold is on the top. 

Draw a curved line approximately 1 1/2 inches from the left bottom corner to the top corner. 

cut on your lines

Then cut on the line. This will be the neck.

Also, cut off the other two corners so that it is rounded. 

make the face

Cut a 1/2 inch square from black paper. To make the nose round the black square on one side. Glue it to the circle.

Glue the triangles to the top of the circle for ears. With a marker, make eyes. 

add the head and legs

Glue the head to the narrow end of the body. Add the clothespins for the legs.

cut a rectangle

Cut a 2 by 1 1/2 inch rectangle for the garment placed on the donkey.

fold and place on donkey

Fold the rectangle in half and put it on your donkey. 

cut a square and rectangle

To make Jesus, cut a 3 by 1 1/2 inch rectangle from colored paper. Cut a 1-inch square from white paper and round by cutting off the corners for the head.

glue the circle to the top of the rectangle

Glue the head to the top of the colored paper. 

draw a face

To make your rectangle look like a robe, cut off the top corners around the head. With a marker, draw eyes, a mouth, hair, and beard.

Cut a 1-inch slit in the rectangle.

place Jesus on the donkey

Place Jesus on the donkey.

Make a talking donkey from a paper bag.

Here is another donkey kids can make.

Your Sunday school class can get reading for Easter by making the Christian crafts for Palm Sunday.

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