Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Palm Sunday isn't Palm Sunday without Palm Crosses

Pattern #1:

A palm frond about 1/4 inch wide and 13 inches long will make an average size cross.

1. Hold the frond horizontally

2. Bend the right end straight up from the centre to form a right angle.

3. Fold this same top strip, from the centre, back and down, up and over again, to form a square at the back.
It will still be a right angle at this point.

4. a) Bring the left strip forward and fold over the centre towards the right.
    b) Fold away from you and pull through the square at back, all the way.

5. Bend the top strip forward and put the end through the centre square to make a shaft of desired length.

6. Fold left hand strip backwards and put through the back square.
This makes the left crossbar and should be in proportion to the shaft.

7. Fold the right strip back, put through the back square and fasten.

Courtesy of Brother Michael

Pattern Two (easier) Perfect for Children

1. 6 to 7 inches from bottom, bend palm back and down.

2. 2 to 3 inches down, bend longer part back to right.

3. To form horizontal bar, bend to left in front, then bend back to right.

4. Bring to top right, from where it will be wrapped around to secure. You will probaby need to bend it in back to bring to top right to start wrapping.

5. Go to bottom left and then up in back to top left.

6. Go to bottom right and then through back, or over and through back, to end.


1. Take your twofold palm and tear it apart, leaving the fronds attached near the end.

2. Cut each frond in two lengthwise, again leaving the pieces attached near the end.

3.Braid palm pieces. Since it's harder to braid four strands, weave in the fourth after you have completed the braid, or braid it as one with one of the three pieces.

4. Tie ends of completed braid together.

5. To make the thorns, partially slit fronds.

Then there is the more complicated

Crown of Thorns

Illustration and Drawing by Grant Micheli Scalise
Crown of Thorns

Crown of Thorns Drawing
Crown of Thorns
To start you need a "spine", which is the piece down the center in the picture. The best thing to use as the spine is the hard piece you find on the edge of the palms. It's best because it's stiff and won't bend when you're weaving.Then you need four separate pieces of palm; two pieces on each side of the spine. Then I like to tape the palms and spine so they stay together, like shown in the picture. The white piece at the top is, of course, the tape. Then I like to tape that part to the edge of a table so it isn't moving around while I'm weaving. It's the best way to do it.
To start weaving, you start with the outer most palm on the right. Twist it, as shown in the picture, over the palm next to it and then under the spine. Then you want to make sure and bend it back over. So follow the outer most palm on the right in the picture.
Next you want to take the outer most palm on the left and fold it over the palm next to it and under the spine, and then back over. Remember to bring it back over to point down to the left.
Next take the inner palm on the right and twist it over the palm and under the spine, and then back and down to the right. And then you do the inner palm on the left, over the palm, under the spine and back down to the left. Next back to the outer palm on the right, over the palm, under the spine and back over. Then you do the outer palm on the left and so forth, switching from side to side.
When you get to where you want to stop, fold all the palms in towards the spine, so they follow the pattern of the crown. Then take the taped end and bring them together to form the shape of a crown (a circle). They should over lap, one on the inside of the crown and one on the outside. You want to then use either some string or a thin piece of palm to tie around the two ends to hold them together. Tie tight, so it won't come apart. And you want to tie down from the tape and up from the bottom end. Then cut the taped edge off near the string (or palm) and cut all the extra palm off the bottom end.
Then you take nail clippers or scissors and clip the outside palms at an angle to reveal the thorns. You clip where the arrow indicates in the picture, and you clip every one where it's folded. The crown is very easy to make once you get the pattern down. It will come quickly. Good luck!

Scripture to keep in mind

Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth: [17] Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, [18] A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, [19]A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren. [20] My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20


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