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Holy Week Craft Ideas: 7 Awesome Palm Print Crafts for Palm Sunday

Holy Week is coming soon, and you may be looking for Holy Week craft ideas to help your kids learn about Jesus’ final week on earth. These fun ideas take a spin off of Palm Sunday and use palm prints and fingerprints to make really neat crafts!

Holy Week Craft Idea #1: Palm Branches

You’ll need:

  • green washable paint
  • paper plates
  • white cardstock
  • wet wipes

With this fun Holy Week craft idea, kids can make their own palm branches to celebrate Jesus! Pour green paint onto a paper plate, and let kids dip their hands into it. Then they’ll make several overlapping handprints going in various directions out from the center to make a palm leaf! Once the crafts are dry, lead kids in waving their palm branches to celebrate Palm Sunday.

Holy Week Craft Idea #2: Palm Donkey

You’ll need:


  • gray washable paint
  • paper plates
  • white cardstock
  • wet wipes
  • dark-colored markers

As kids learn about Jesus’ triumphal entry on Palm Sunday, they can make their very own donkeys for Jesus! Pour gray paint onto a paper plate, and let kids use it to make one gray handprint with their thumb and fingers extended. Have kids clean their hands and do other activities while the handprints dry. Once the crafts are dry, kids can hold their handprints upside down. The four fingers will be legs, and the thumb will be the head. Kids can use dark-colored markers to add a mane, eyes, and harness to the donkey’s head, a tail at the end, and hooves to the feet.

Want to tell the story of Palm Sunday from the Bible, too? Considering pairing these Palm Sunday craft ideas with this Palm Sunday devotional.

Holy Week Craft Idea #3: Clean Feet

You’ll need:

  • washable paint in various skin tones
  • paper plates
  • white cardstock
  • wet wipes

If you have a Maundy Thursday service during Holy Week, help kids learn about Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. Kids will make fists and dip the sides of their fists in the paint, using both hands. Then they can alternate making prints like footprints. To make the toes, kids can use fingerprints. Note: Be sure to have a variety of colored paints so kids can match their own skin tone!

Holy Week Craft Idea #4: Praying Hands

You’ll need:

  • construction paper
  • pencils
  • scissors

As kids learn about Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane on Good Friday, they can make their own praying hands. First, they’ll fold a piece of construction paper in half. Then they will place their non-dominant hand on the paper, fingers tight, pinkie against the fold. Kids will then trace their handprint and cut it out so they have a set of hands folded for prayer. For an added bonus, have kids write prayer requests on their handprints.

Holy Week Craft Idea #5: Hands of Love

You’ll need:

  • red and brown washable paint
  • paper plates
  • white cardstock
  • wet wipes

As kids learn about Jesus’ ultimate act of love, this Holy Week craft idea will help them remember what Jesus did for them. First, kids will dip their hands in red paint and, with fingers closed, press a handprint at a 45-degree angle. With fresh paint, they’ll repeat the action, angling their fingers the other way to make a heart. Then kids can use brown painted fingerprints to make a cross on their heart.

Holy Week Craft Idea #6: Empty Tomb

You’ll need:

  • gray and yellow washable paint
  • paper plates
  • white cardstock
  • wet wipes

This Holy Week craft idea celebrates the culmination of everything Jesus went through—it’s the empty tomb! First, have kids dip their hands in yellow paint and make three handprints to make sun rays along the bottom of a piece of paper. Then kids will add the empty tomb by making gray fist prints on top of the sun.

Holy Week Craft Idea #7: Easter Lilies

You’ll need:

  • white paper
  • pencils
  • scissors
  • tape
  • green chenille wires

For this fun Holy Week craft idea, make Easter lilies using handprints! Kids will trace their hands, fingers spread out, on white paper. Then they can cut out their handprints and roll them up, taping the bottom together around a green chenille wire. Finally, kids can bend out the fingers to make the lily’s petals.

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