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Field of Poppies - nicolas_gent, Flickr

Anzac Day is a day of remembrance, and we observe many traditions to honour the brave soldiers who fought in World War One, including memorial services, and the simple act of making Anzac biscuits.

One other very important part of Anzac Day is the red poppy, which is widely known as the flower of remembrance. The vibrant red of the poppy is said to be akin to the blood spilled on the ground, and it was amongst the first plants to spring up from the battlefield in northern France and Belgium during the First World War.

Poppies on the Roll of Honour - Kerry Alchin, Australian War Memorial

Every year, on Anzac Day on 25 April and Remembrance Day on 11 November, poppies are made and sold by the millions. They adorn the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, and are made into wreaths to hang up around the home, and at memorial services.

Why not try making your own red poppies? Here we have two versions you can make: one out of paper, and the other by crochet. They’re both quick, easy, and perfect for bringing along to the Anzac Day events this year.

Paper Poppies

Red tissue paper
Black tissue paper
Green pipe cleaner
Craft glue/PVA glue


Lay down red tissue paper. I would recommend putting down at least three layers, and more for a fuller effect.

Trace a circle onto the paper using a round, plastic lid. I used a tin can. Cut out the circle.

On three layers of black tissue paper, trace a circle approximately 5cm in diameter. It doesn’t have to be exactly 5cm, but should be small enough to sit in the centre of your red circle. Cut out the circle.

Poke a hole into the centre of the two circles using a pipecleaner. If you have trouble determining a centre, fold the circles into quarters and line them up along the creases. Leave a few centimetres of pipecleaner sticking out of the poppy.

Fold the pipecleaner down until it forms a loop, and then push the end back through the poppy centre. This will hide the pipecleaner from view when you’ve finished. Add a small amount of PVA glue to secure the pipecleaner.

Note: Be careful not to use too much glue, otherwise the tissue paper will clump together instead of fanning out.

Spread out the layers of tissue paper to create ruffles.

And now you’re done!

You can use the ‘stem’ of the poppy to secure it to button holes, or you can weave a few of them together to form a wreath. Poppies can also come in a variety of colours, including red, orange, yellow, pink, and white. Why not try making a bouquet to place in a vase at home?

Crochet Poppies

If crochet is more your thing, here’s a handy video tutorial on how to crochet a Remembrance Day Poppy:

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