How to Make Red Paper Poppies

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Things You'll 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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M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.