Poppies have been the official remembrance for Vets since WWII. It came about as a result of the famous poem Flander’s Field. Every year you will see people from the VFW handing out small poppies to wear on September 11th, The official Veteran’s Day. Another option is to simply make a few for yourself. My Girl Scout Troop made one for themselves and extras to hand out.
Red Crepe Paper (party streamers)
Black Crepe Paper
Green Pipe Cleaner
The first step is to cut the red paper into circles. We found that 3 circles of various sizes looked the nicest, but you can do only 1 if you like. We also used fancy edged scissors as you can see from the picture above. However, regular will work fine as well. The fancy edge just makes the petals look a little more natural. Next, cut a tiny circle from the black paper for the center of the flower.
Stack the paper circles from largest to smallest.
Cut your pipe cleaner into thirds or quarters, depending on how long you want your stem to be. I did quarters for the one you see and a 1 inch safety-pin. Bend 1/4 inch of the tip on 1 end over and squeeze it tightly so that it looks like the end of the pipe cleaner is curved. This prevents anyone from getting poked and stops the pipe cleaner from falling out of the flower. Insert the pipe cleaner through the top of the flower, carefully holding the crepe paper while you do. If you try to rush this, you will rip the paper. Once the end has poked through, pull it the rest of the way.
Insert the other end into the loop of your safety-pin, pulling about half of the stem through.
Wrap the bottom half of the stem around the back side of the safety-pin. Not the side that opens your pin, the back side. Wrap it nice and tight. This holds your Poppie to the pin and hides it at the same time.
Now your poppie is all ready to wear in honor of a Veteran. You can personalize them by writing the name of a family or friend on a piece of card stock and inserting the pin.