As Remembrance Day approaches, it’s a time to reflect and honor those who have served our nations in war and conflict. There’s no symbol more powerful than the red poppy, which has become a poignant emblem of remembrance.
This year, why not involve your family in making a simple, yet meaningful Easy DIY Poppy Wreath? It’s a wonderful way to engage with the spirit of the day, and here’s how you can create your own.
How to Make Your own Egg Carton Poppy Wreath
As we find ourselves reflecting on the immense sacrifices made by the soldiers and civilians in the wars and conflicts that have shaped our history. It’s a day steeped in respect and gratitude, and what better way to express these sentiments than with a symbol of remembrance?
This year, I invite you to join me in crafting a simple yet meaningful Easy DIY Poppy Wreath. This project is perfect for adults and children alike, fostering a sense of history and the importance of remembrance through a creative and therapeutic activity.
All you need to put together this thoughtful Poppy Day craft is a few simple craft supplies and recycled materials that you likely already have at home:
The DIY wreath is made using recycled egg cartons or egg boxes and a paper plate. All you need on top of that is a pair of scissors, paint and glue.
Get ready to make your own poppy wreath with just some snipped-up egg cartons, a paper plate, and a splash of paint. It's a super easy and fun way to get crafting for Remembrance Day.
- Egg cartons (14 sections needed)
- Red, black and green paint
- Paper plate
- Black marker
- Prepare the Egg Cartons: Start by cutting out individual cups from your egg cartons. You'll need about 12 to 14 cups, depending on the size of your wreath.
- Shape the Poppies: Trim the edges of the egg cup sections to form petal shapes. It doesn't have to be perfect—irregularities make the flowers look more natural.
- Paint the Poppies: Paint the outside of each egg cup section red, and the inside black to mimic the central part of a poppy. Allow them to dry.
- Prepare the Wreath Base: While your painted poppies are drying, we will prepare the wreath base. Take a paper plate and a ruler, and mark two straight lines across the middle, to create a bar shape which we will keep. The will be a semi circle above and below this bar, which will be cut out.
- Cut out: Cut out the marked parts of the paper plate, leaving the bar across the center to create a ring—the backbone of your wreath.
- Writing: Add the word "REMEMBER" written on it across the front of the wreath using black marker pen, as a clear reminder of the day's significance.
- Paint the wreath: Paint the wreath shape with green paint and allow to dry You can use a glue stick. If you want something more long lasting use a hot glue gun, being careful with children. Continue until poppies are all the way around the wreath
And there you have it—a beautiful, homemade poppy wreath to display on your door or in your home.
This recycled craft is suitable to make at home, or in the classroom, and is also perfect for community groups like Brownies or Beavers, which normally take part in Remembrance services.
Remembrance Sunday, observed on the second Sunday of November, is known by various names around the world, each carrying a deep historical resonance. In the United Kingdom, it’s traditionally marked by ceremonies and two minutes of silence to honor the brave hearts of the World Wars and subsequent conflicts. This day aligns closely with Armistice Day, which specifically commemorates the end of hostilities of World War I on November 11, 1918, and is observed in countries like France and Belgium. Across the Atlantic, the United States observes Veterans Day, an occasion to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, reflecting the nation’s broader scope of remembrance. Similarly, in Commonwealth countries like Canada and Australia, the day is known as Remembrance Day, a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by their military personnel in past and present service. Each name, while varying slightly in historical context or scope, shares the unified purpose of honoring military service and promoting peace.
This simple craft not only contributes to the commemorative atmosphere of Remembrance Day but also provides a hands-on way to educate and involve younger members of the family in understanding the importance of this day.
Crafting your own poppy wreath is a respectful gesture that pays homage to the tradition of remembrance. It’s also a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made for our freedoms. Hang your wreath with pride and take a moment to reflect on the courage and commitment of our servicemen and women.
Remember, this activity isn’t just a craft—it’s a meaningful conversation starter and an educational tool. By creating something with your hands, you’re also creating space for dialogue about history, service, and the values of peace and remembrance.
More Poppy Crafts and Activities
Continue the crafting and learning on this topic with these easy and meaningful Remembrance poppy crafts and poppy coloring pages…
- Paper Craft Poppy For Remembrance Sunday
- Potato Print Poppy Craft for Remembrance Day
- Poppy Colouring Pages: Learning About Remembrance Day with Children
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Anna Marikar, mum of four and seasoned blogger, has spent over a decade sharing her parenting journey and passion for kid-friendly crafts and free printables.
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