How to make a paper poppy flower

Updated April 17, 2017

The red, cheerful poppy bloom is a beautiful flower as well as a powerful symbol of military remembrance. Artificial poppies are a popular decoration and keepsake. Create your own authentic-looking paper poppy flower using common craft supplies.

Colour a large portion of computer paper with a red marker. The marker ink will give the poppy petals the right colour, while the ink will give the paper the right texture.

Draw the round centre of the flower on a separate section of paper using the black marker. Fill in a small circle with the black marker and surround it with an outer circle of dense dots of black. Fill in the space between the dots with a purple marker. Cut out the shape, leaving a thin white outline around the outside.

Cut out the poppy flower petals. Make three large half-circles, then cut off the corners at a sharp angle to form the bottom of the petals. Use your scissors to round the newly-formed edges. Make three larger shapes the same way to serve as the flower's outer petals.

Crinkle the petals. Crumple the paper in your hand, un-crumple and repeat a few times. This will make the paper soft and flexible, like real flower petals.

Glue the petals to the centre of the flower to form the head. Apply a small amount of glue to the small tip of the petals and glue them to the underside of the centre piece. Glue the three small petals first, spacing them evenly around the circle. Glue the large petals beneath those, staggering them to cover the spaces between the small holes. Put the poppy aside and let it dry.

Create the stem. Cut a long, rectangular strip of green construction paper and coat it with a glue stick. Twist the paper (glue side in) into a long, narrow stick shape.

Attach the flower head to the stem. Glue the top of the construction paper stem to the underside of the poppy's head.

Things You'll Need

  • White computer paper
  • Red washable marker
  • Black washable marker
  • Scissors
  • Green construction paper
  • Craft glue
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