Hosanna Palm Branches – DIY Kids’ Craft

Published on March 11, 2015 By Lauren

This activity uses scripture, music, and crafts to teach children about Palm Sunday.

Resurrection Sunday and Palm Sunday are such a great time to teach children about how Jesus lived and what he accomplished on earth.  The kids get to experience the expectation and excitement of Jesus’ earthly ministry by celebrating Palm Sunday.

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday He was greeted by crowds that had some big expectations of what He was going to do.  They had heard about Him raising Lazarus from the dead!  What an amazing miracle!  There was great excitement about what miracles Jesus would perform next.

Even though they didn’t really understand all that would happen in the coming week, these worshippers showed great expectation that we can share as we remember the season.


Craft Supplies:

  • Green Card Stock
  • Craft Stick
  • Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Bells
  • Green and Yellow Tempera Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Green Construction Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue


STEP 1: The first thing to do is fold your card stock in half and tape it together.  This makes it much more sturdy.  If your card stock is heavier weight then you’ll probably just want to cut the sheet in half, forming an 8 inch by 5 1/2 inch rectangle.


STEP 2: Attach the craft stick to the short end of the card stock with tape.  This will be the back of the palm branch.

Hosanna Palm Branches - DIY Kids’ Craft

STEP 3: Wrap the ribbon around the craft stick.  I tie knots every couple of wraps to hold the ribbon in place.  At the bottom tie one last knot and leave a few inches of ribbon dangling.


STEP 4: Thread the ribbon through the jingle bells and tie a knot to secure each bell in place.

Hosanna Palm Branches - DIY Kids’ Craft

STEP 5: With a paintbrush or fingers, apply tempera paint to the child’s hand.  Then place the hand palm down on the construction paper.


STEP 6: You should be able to fit two palm prints per sheet of paper.  You’ll need at least 6 handprints to decorate the palm branch.

Hosanna Palm Branches - DIY Kids’ Craft

{OPTIONAL} For a different look and a little more activity for the little ones, let the younger children trace their handprint on the paper and then fingerpaint inside the traced prints.

Hosanna Palm Branches - DIY Kids’ Craft

STEP 7: Next, let the handprints dry completely and cut out each one.

Hosanna Palm Branches - DIY Kids’ Craft

STEP 8: Arrange the handprint leaves in a leaf-like pattern and attach them to the card stock with glue.


This is such a fun project for the kids and really helps them learn more about Palm Sunday!

The scripture readings, songs, and craft help encourage children to celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem as they prepare to celebrate the Resurrection in just a week! 

Scriptures to Read:

Matthew 21:1-11 (NKJV)

1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”

4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

5 “Tell the daughter of Zion,

‘Behold, your King is coming to you,

Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,

A colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!

‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’

Hosanna in the highest!”

10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”

11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

 Here is another one:

John 12:12-18 (NKJV)

12 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:


‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’

The King of Israel!”

14 Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:

15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion;

Behold, your King is coming,

Sitting on a donkey’s colt.”

16 His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.

17 Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness. 18 For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.

Songs to Sing: