Poppies are worn in many different countries around the world as a reminder of the fallen veterans of war. The practice of wearing a poppy on Veterans Day and Memorial Day in the US, or Armistice and Remembrance Day in Commonwealth countries comes from World War I, where poppies were the only things to grow in the battlefields. Canadian doctor John McCrae wrote a now famous poem about the battlefield poppies called ‘In Flanders Fields’ which is seen as the starting of the poppy’s association with fallen soldiers and remembrance.
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Things you need
- Red Crepe paper
- Green pipe cleaner
- Black crepe paper
Trace a circle around three inches wide onto the red crepe paper, then draw in four small indents on the circle, equally spaced, to give the feel of the four petals of the poppy flower. Cut the outline out with the scissors.
Poke the end of the pipe cleaner through the middle of the crepe paper circle, with about one and a half inches coming through the front.
Coil the pipe cleaner at the front so that it sits flat against the crepe paper, and prevents the face of the flower from falling off the pipe cleaner.
Cut a circle of black crepe paper, slightly wider than the coil of the pipe cleaner.
Cover one side of the black paper in glue, then stick it over the coiled part of the pipe cleaner, in the centre of the face of the poppy. There should be enough black paper to stick a small perimeter to the red crepe paper as well as the pipe cleaner coil to full secure the crepe paper poppy.
Tips and warnings
- If making multiple poppies, cut out a cardboard template of the red crepe paper poppy, to make the cutting process quicker. Just place the template onto the crepe paper and cut around it for each poppy.
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