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How to make palm leaves for Sunday school

Updated April 17, 2017

Making paper palm leaves is a simple, fun Sunday school craft that can be part of Palm Sunday and Easter celebrations and other activities. Using construction paper and a few other supplies, Sunday school teachers can help their pupils create these palm leaves with little mess or difficulty.

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Cut out a large almond or oval shape from the construction paper. This will be the basic design of the palm leaf. Fold the leaf shape in half lengthwise and use a ruler to draw a line about 6 to 12 mm (1/4 to 1/2 inch) from the fold.

Using safety scissors, have the children cut the folded "leaf" as many times as they want (about 15 to 25 cuts for an A4 sheet of construction paper). Make sure they cut only up to the line drawn by the fold. Supervise younger children so they don't cut through the fold.

Unfold the leaf. Use a thin line of glue to secure the pipe cleaner down the centre as a stem, or tape it on. If you want a more rigid stem, glue or tape a wooden dowel to the back of the leaf.

Tip

Children can wave these palm leaves, or you can help them glue the leaves to construction paper or poster board of a contrasting colour. This creates a piece of art the children can take home.

Warning

Supervise children when using any kind of scissors, even safety scissors.

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Things You'll Need

  • Green construction paper
  • Safety scissors
  • Pipe cleaners or wooden dowels
  • Pen or pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue or tape

About the Author

Christine Meyer has been writing professionally since 1995. Holding a Bachelor of Arts in music from Taylor University, a CELTA from the University of Cambridge ESOL, and a CBA in marketing from IBMEC Rio de Janeiro, Meyer has experience in a variety of fields. Her articles have been published in newspapers and on sites such as eHow.com.

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