By: Debra Steilen
The red poppy has been used as a symbol of remembrance since the early 1920s. Take some time this year and craft a remembrance wreath from a basic wreath form and household materials.
23-centimetre (9-inch) diameter or larger wreath frame
Red crepe paper or red paper napkins
Black beads or pompoms
Green paper cupcake liners
- Prepare the wreath form. PIf you're making your own, place a small bowl in the centre of the paper plate and trace around it to create a circle. Using the crafts knife, cut out the circle to leave a wreath shape. Keep the scrap to use in creating your poppy-petal template.
- Create the poppies. Start by drawing 7 1/2-centimetre (3-inch) -wide circle on the scrap cut from the paper plate. Using scissors or a crafts knife, cut out the circle.
- Place the circle template on top of the crepe paper or napkin and trace lightly around it with a pencil. Cut out the petal with scissors. You will need 4 to 6 petals for each poppy (depending on how full you want the flower to be), so cutting multiple layers at once will save time.
- Create the first poppy. Pick up one petal, pinch it in the centre to create a more lifelike appearance, and then attach it to your wreath form with crafts glue. Attach the remaining shapes in the same way, using the same centre point and overlapping the shapes as you go. Repeat to add more poppies to your wreath form.
- Let the flowers dry completely before gluing a black bead to each poppy centre.
- If desired, fill in any gaps on the wreath form with green cupcake liner leaves. Remove one liner from the package, pinch it in the centre, and attach it to the wreath form with crafts glue. Repeat steps to create and add more leaves. Let the wreath dry completely before hanging.
Tip: Traditionally these wreaths are displayed around Veterans Day in the United States or Remembrance Day around the world.
Debra is a Midwest-based expert on crafting, home design (especially kitchens, baths and storage), and holidays. She spends her free time renovating and decorating her 1909 Craftsman home — and wrangling her two Golden Retrievers.