If I don’t write it down, I won’t remember how to do this next year… and I totally want to remember this one!
First, take the palm branch, locate a spot right near the middle, and fold it on the diagonal (for the purpose of this tutorial I have marked the branch with a black line to help with the orientation. You don’t need to do that).
The you wrap the piece that is out to the right, all the way around, encircling the fold.
Then fold the bottom part straight up.
Now is the tricky part… you want to slide the tail in through the back of the knot…
Then pull it all the way down until it “locks” together. It should look like a 90 degree angle with a square knot in the middle.
Then simply fold the long parts into the center knot to create the arms of the cross. First the one end…
… and then the other.
And now, do the same thing for the top, pulling it down through the knot.
You can leave it with rounded edges for a three dimensional cross…
Or flatten the arms to make it more traditional.
This was a bit hit with our Little Man…
At first, I thought he was acting reverential after seeing our minister carry the cross around in church.
Then I realized that he just wanted to chase the dog with it.
Thank heaven for little boys!