Palm Sunday is a lesser celebrated holiday than its more popular counterpart, Easter. Religious or not, most people have plenty of traditions surrounding Easter. But why not start the celebrations a little earlier this year? Since Palm Sunday is exactly a week before Easter, it’s a great way to usher in the main event.
I’m sure you remember our DIY Palm Leaves from a few years ago. Well since Easter and Palm Sunday are upon us again, we’re here with a fresh new take on those original palm leaves. This time, we wanted a classic spring wreath and to take a little break from the most traditional Easter tropes, like eggs and bunnies. Palm leaves seemed like a delicate and unique alternative, so we decided to make a palm leaf wreath! (Notice an accordion wreath theme this year? We’re loving it). This wreath will surely add that touch of delicate class to any door.
History of Palm Leaves
Last year, we wrote a post where we explained a bit about palm leaves and their significance this time of year. You can read all about it here! Long story short, palm leaves have long been associated with triumph and victory. Often depicted on coins and important buildings, palm leaves traditionally greeted kings and conquerors as they rode home after success in battle. Followers of Christ also greeted Him with palm leaves on what has become Palm Sunday, the Sunday before His resurrection.
Our Palm Leaf Wreath
For our palm leaf wreath, we shrunk the size of the original palm leaves a bit, shortened the stems, and attached them to a wreath form with some hot glue. It’s as simple as that! This lovely, colorful wreath is festive for Palm Sunday and Easter. But we love that it also doubles as a delicate and beautiful wreath all spring long!
How to Make A Palm Leaf Wreath
Making a palm leaf wreath is simple. Here’s how to do it:
Prepping the Leaves
- First, download the large and small leaf templates found here and here.
- Next, upload the template into the cricut design space. Make sure to add score lines (use our template as a reference), as this makes folding much easier!
- Using the cricut maker, cut out as many leaves and stems as you’d like for the wreath, varying the size and paper color as you go.
- If you don’t have a cricut maker, print out the template. Cut out with scissors, using the template as a guide with each leaf/stem. Add scoring lines by lightly going over the top of the paper with a craft knife, using a ruler for straight lines.
Constructing the Leaves
To construct your palm leaves, follow the instructions in our original tutorial. Note the differences:
- We used colored cardstock rather than spray-painted butcher paper to skip a step.
- For the stem, we made it much shorter and didn’t use a dowel.
Assembling the wreath
- To assemble your wreath, first make a wire wreath form (or buy one premade). To make a wire wreath form, cut the length of wire you’d like, shape it into a circle, and secure with gaffer’s tape or another strong tape.
- If desired, wrap a layer of crepe paper around the wire so it’s covered.
- Next, simply hot glue the leaves to the wreath form.
- Alternate the colors and sizes until the wreath is as full as you’d like.
- The last finishing touch is to add some dried flowers and grasses from Terrain. We love the touch of beautiful wildness they add! Our choices were similar to this golden, blue-green, and this and this pink.
We would love to see what you do with your palm leaf wreaths!
Looking for more spring and Easter inspiration? Try our popular Easter egg wreath here, or this spring daffodil wreath. Also try this springy lemon wreath! If you’d like more Easter ideas, check out this sweet new Easter basket, or this post with endless ideas of what to fill your Easter basket with. Also check out our Easter shop here, and all Easter blog content here!