How to Make Red Paper Poppies

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How to Make Red Paper Poppies
Create your own bright red poppies with tissue paper. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Poppies are a sight to behold in the summer garden, with their bright, papery petals and contrasting dark centres. The bright red poppy has also been a symbol of respect and remembrance of veterans in most English-speaking countries since World War I. Make a bouquet of tissue paper poppies to brighten the room on a winter day, or share the poppies with friends to remind them of our country's veterans. Tissue paper poppies require only a few inexpensive craft materials.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Red tissue paper
  • Whipped cream, margarine, or cottage cheese container lid
  • Pencil
  • Craft scissors of craft knife
  • Black tissue paper
  • Small disposable cup
  • Green chenille pipe cleaners
  • White craft glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place a sheet of red tissue paper on your work surface. Fold the tissue paper into quarters so the tissue paper is four layers thick.

  2. 2

    Lay a whipped topping container, margarine container or cottage cheese container lid on the layers of tissue paper. Use a pencil to draw around the lid, then cut the circle with scissors or a craft knife. Use your scissors to cut scallops around the outer edge of the circles, or leave the circles as they are.

  3. 3

    Lay a smaller piece of black tissue paper on your working surface, then fold the black paper into quarters. Draw a small circle, using a disposable cup for a pattern, then cut out the stack of small circles. The small circles should be about 3 inches in diameter.

  4. 4

    Place the four small black circles in the middle of the four larger red circles.

  5. 5

    Bend the top of a green chenille pipe cleaner down like a fishhook. Poke the chenille pipe cleaner straight down through the centre of the circle to create a stem. Place a drop of white craft glue on the hook part of the pipe cleaner, then pull the hook into the paper to keep the pipe cleaner in place.

  6. 6

    Separate the layers of red and black tissue paper, then fluff the layers to look like petals.

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