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Make your own paper poppy

We love poppies, they are a wonderful reminder on remembrance day, VE day, Memorial day, and any time that we are to remember those that fought bravely for their country and lost their lives. So that we can show our respect to those wonderful veterans, and to all those fallen, we wanted to share a simple craft that kids can do to make sure we don’t forget the sacrifice made for us. If you are looking for other VA Day activities – do check out our activity sheets for VE Day too.

Make your own paper poppy

How to make your paper poppy

You will need to gather a few supplies before starting your poppy:


  • Coloured card stock; black, yellow, green, and red. If you don’t hve these colours or only have thin paper, don’t worry. Colour in what you have – it’ll still look fabulous,
  • Scissors,
  • Glue, and
  • Poppy template we have provided for you.

Making your paper poppy

1. Cut out the shapes from the template

make your own paper poppy

2. Arrange the petals on the base; we have coloured the petals red and the base black ; but it is really up to you what you do with the kids. You could make a white one and then just decorate it how you wanted?

3. Then – arrange the two black central pieces on top of each other exactly matching, and then move one around slightly so they are overlapping like this…

paper poppy

4. When they look like the above place them in the centre of your red petals and pop the yellow poppy centre in the middle. Yes – we know sometimes the poppy centre is black – however, we fancied a little bit of extra colour in our poppy. Entirely up to you how you do yours of course…

paper poppy

5. The poppy should now look a little bit like this, and all you now need to add are the leaves…slide them in under the poppy however you would like to…

paper poppy

6. You can arrange them in any way you want, we tried a few different patterns before we settled on one that we liked and wanted to use for the finished article.

paper poppy

Now all you need to do is find a safety pin and pop in on a top…

paper poppy

Of find a teen who doesn’t like their picture taken and put it on their Tottenham kit….

paper poppy

All done – you can make a few of them to wear, or just use them as decorations around the house.

We hope that you think that this is as cute as we do! If you like this activity, then why not check out some of the other ideas on the site to keep the kids busy?

Flower based activities

Here are some other ideas based on flowers on the site for you - just in case making a poppy isn't enough for you.

If you are looking for other poppy based ideas, then why not take a look here too?

Poppy printables and activities

If you wanted a few more poppy ideas, and perhaps some decorations, then do check out these ideas as well.

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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