A beautiful crepe paper poppy craft for kids of all ages to make for Remembrance Day, Veterans Day or Anzac Day.
Rememberance Day is approaching (November 11th), and the hooligans and I have been busy making beautiful and easy poppy crafts. This crepe paper poppy is our latest.
Last week, we made painted coffee filter poppies, and I loved how realistic they looked. The coffee filters had a delicate, crinkly look to them just like real poppy petals do.
Today, when we were crafting, I spied a roll of red crepe paper in the cupboard. Of course! Crepe paper would be perfect for a poppy craft!
I quickly made a test-poppy to figure out our technique, and I was thrilled with the results!
Then I asked my preschooler if she’d like to make one, and being the avid little crafter that she is, she jumped at the chance.
So you’ll see two versions here – a poppy that’s great for school age kids to make, and an even easier poppy for toddlers and preschoolers.
To make our Crepe Paper Poppy Craft, you’ll need:
- roll of red crepe paper
- paper plate
- red paint and paintbrush (optional)
- black tissue paper for centre (see alternatives below)
- green tissue paper for centre (see alternatives below)
First, I’ll explain the easier version. This is how toddlers and preschoolers can make their poppies.
A poppy craft for toddlers and preschoolers:
Begin by painting the paper plate. This isn’t necessary, but it will ensure that there won’t be bits of white plate peeking through the strips of red crepe paper. Plus, most kids love to paint, so go for it!
I poured three shades of red paint into a pallet, and my preschooler blended them all together as she covered the front of her plate.
When the paint was dry, she drizzled glue all over the front of her plate, and brushed it around with a paint brush, making every inch of the plate nice and sticky.
Then, we tore the red crepe paper into strips approx. 6 to 7 inches long, and she stuck them into the glue, covering the surface of the plate.
For the centre of the poppy, she crumpled up a piece of black tissue paper, and glued that in place.
To finish, she topped the black centre with a smaller piece of crumpled up green tissue paper.
Doesn’t her poppy look lovely?
And now for my poppy.
A poppy craft for school-aged children:
Painting the paper plate isn’t necessary as older kids will likely have the fine motor skills needed to cover every bit of the white plate. Of course, if they want to paint, by all means, have them give their paper plate a generous coat of red paint.
Brush a layer of white glue all over the front of the plate.
Next, working straight from the roll, press the crepe paper all around the outside edge of the paper plate. Glue the crepe paper loosely, buckling it up a bit here and there to give the poppy a ruffled look. Work in a spiral motion, circling inwards, until you reach the centre of the plate.
Like the preschooler, you’ll finish with a crumpled up piece of black tissue paper topped with a smaller piece of green.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.