Making Poppies to Remember: Get crafty and pay your respects at home

BY Rachel Codrington-Hopkins

Remembrance Sunday is a time when communities typically join together in remembrance of the veterans who have given their lives in service of their countries.

This year, most of us remembered in our own homes; perhaps watching The Cenotaph on television, or pausing at eleven AM in quiet contemplation. 

After noticing the giant poppies on lampposts around our village, we decided to have a go at making our own poppies to display in our window as a mark of remembrance.

You will need:

  • A4 Red paper or card 
  • A4 Black paper or card 
  • Scissors
  • Tape or Glue
  • Lolly sticks or pipe cleaners for the stem (optional)


  • Take the red paper and fold it in half, cut along the fold.
  • Take one piece of the paper and fold it in half
  • Fold it again so it is folded into quarters
  • Fold back the folded /attached edges diagonally so that they meet (as if you were making the nose of a paper aeroplane – see image)
  • Draw a semi-circle along the folded edge and cut (almost into an ice cream cone shape)
  • Open up to reveal a flower (if the flower is cut in half- as happened to us on our first go making these -  then you’ve folded the wrong corners, give it another go).
  • Take the black paper, fold into quarters and cut along the folds so that you have four pieces of paper
  • Take one piece and fold in half and then again into quarters
  • Draw a semi-circle along the fold and cut as you did with the red paper
  • Open to reveal a flower
  • Stick the smaller black flower onto the larger red flower using tape or glue
  • If you’d like to, attach lolly sticks or pipe cleaners with tape or glue as a stem (we used tape)

If you prefer video instructions here’s the YouTube tutorial we followed to make these flowers:

If you don’t have red or black paper, or if you want to keep the children occupied a little longer, you can always use plain white paper and colour the flowers in yourselves. 

Try experimenting with the size of the paper you fold to get poppies of different sizes.

When you’re done making poppies you can try cutting different shapes into the paper for other crafts; perhaps a leaf or a butterfly.

The poppies can be stuck up in windows, added to stems for display around the house, or use our wreath base from our Halloween at home blog post and make your own poppy wreath for your front door.  

We will join together again on Armistice Day this Wednesday in remembrance of those who gave their lives in the First World War.  We may be living in uncertain times, but the poppy and the peace and hope which it represents, is a poignant and timely reminder of our unity as a nation.

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