Poppies to make for Anzac Day or a commemorative event
Making poppies is a lovely way to involve children in a local ceremony or personal commemoration. You can make a paper poppy on Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and other important days. We do this to recognise and remember the service and sacrifice of our veterans and serving personnel.
Making a paper poppy
This is one way to make commemorative paper poppies. You can download these instructions as part of our Anzac Day Kitbag.
What you'll need
- Thin cardboard
- Red crêpe paper
- Green pipe cleaner
- Black paper
- Pencil or fine pen
What to do
- Use scissors to cut out a poppy shape on cardboard to make a template (see our diagram overleaf).
- Place the petal template on red crêpe paper and trace around it with a pencil or pen.
- Cut out the poppy shape with scissors.
- To make the stalk, take a pipe cleaner and bend the end over twice at 1cm lengths (see our diagram).
- Push the straight end of the pipe cleaner through the middle of the petal shape; continue to push until the bent end sits in the middle of the poppy.
- Cut a small circle out of the black paper and glue it onto the centre of the poppy; it will secure the pipe cleaner to the crêpe paper.
- Bend and shape the petals of the poppy.
Template for petals and stem
Combine many poppies in a circle to make a wreath.
Why we make poppies
During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants that sprouted on the battlefields of Belgium and northern France.
The poppy's popularity stems from a poem written by a Canadian medic, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, in 1915. His poem, In Flanders Fields, recalls the red poppies on the war graves of soldiers who died on the Western Front in Europe.
Learn about the poem and the red poppy as a symbol of commemoration.