We made this Poppy Wreath for Remembrance Day several years ago and it is put up every year. This craft can be done by older children alone or younger ones with some help.
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You will need:
- Egg Carton
- Red paint
- Black paint or card stock
- Green card stock or construction paper
- Paper plate
- Paint brushes
- Glue (white glue for younger kids, hot glue if you want this to last longer)
- small piece of ribbon, yarn or string
- stapler with staples
1. Start by cutting the center of your paper plate out, leaving a ring to use as the base of your wreath. Paint the ring red and set it aside to dry.
2. Cut the egg carton to separate each egg “cup” to make your poppies. Once cut out of the carton, use scissors to cut 4 straight slits down the sides to the base of each cup, leaving the bottom solid. Paint these all red. Add a black center on the inside of each flower or cut black centers out of cardstock, if you do not have paint. Set aside to dry.
3. Using green cardstock and scissors, create leaves for filler on your wreath. You can make these in any style you wish. See pic for the leaf shape I chose. (If you prefer to use tissue paper, simply crumple some pieces and glue them to the wreath base before adding flowers.)
4. After all pieces are dry, assemble them to your liking. I use a piece of ribbon looped and stapled to the back to hang my wreath.