Making a poppy wreath

How to make an ANZAC Day wreath

RSL Queensland 02 April 2020

Looking for a fun activity to do with your kids? Make a poppy wreath for ANZAC Day!

LET’S GET CREATIVE

Right now, you probably have a bit more time on your hands than you’re used to, as well as a need to entertain your little ones for many many more hours of the day. Well, we’ve got your back. Here is an ingenious way to both keep your kids busy and demonstrate to them what the ANZAC spirit is all about.

We’ll show you how to make an RSL poppy wreath that you can lay out on ANZAC Day while you pay your respects on your driveway or balcony at dawn.

For other ideas to help teach your kids about ANZAC Day, visit RSL Education. 

 

HOW TO MAKE A POPPY WREATH

Watch the video below, which demonstrates how to make a poppy wreath using paper and paints. If you have a printer, you can make it easier by downloading and printing out these templates. 

YOU WILL NEED

Suggested supplies: 

  • Colouring pens/pencils/paints in red, green and black
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper dinner plate
  • Leaves and poppies template - download and print here

Alternative supplies: 

  • Leaves and flowers from your garden
  • Cookie cutter, foam or other shapes in an oval, heart and circle. 
  • Play dough or clay
  • Cut out leaves and flowers from magazines, newspapers, packaging and other items. 
  • Tissue paper, cellophane, fabric and felt. 
  • Paint and crayons. 
  • Other craft items such as: pom poms, ribbons, pipe cleaners (for the base), sequin shapes, glitter and cotton wool. 

 

Creating a base for your wreath

  1. Fold the dinner plate in half. 
  2. Cut out the centre of the paper plate leaving the outer ring. Most paper plates have a border or ridge which you can use as a guide 
  3. Unfold your dinner plate so you have a ring shape. This will form the base of your wreath. 
  4. If your paper plate is white, perhaps colour the ring in green.

 

 

Creating leaves

  1. Print the leaves template. 
  2. Colour the leaf shapes in green. 
  3. Cut out the leaf shapes.
 

Creating poppies

  1. Print the poppies template.
  2. Colour the hearts in red. 
  3. Colour the small circles in black.
  4. Leave the big circle uncoloured.
  5. Cut out the shapes.
  6. Glue the top of the big circle. 
  7. Place the hearts around the outside of the circle with the points facing inwards. 
  8. Glue the small black circle into the centre to create the poppy. 
  9. Continue making poppies until complete 
  10. You will need approximately 5-6 poppies to go around your wreath.
  

Putting your wreath together

  1. Gather your wreath base, leaves and poppies. 
  2. Glue the back of two leaves and place them on your wreath base so they form a V. 
  3. Continue gluing leaves in a V shape onto your wreath base until it is covered in leaves. 
  4. Glue the back of a poppy and place it on the wreath. 
  5. Continue gluing poppies onto the wreath.

 

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  • ANZACspirit
  • Ingenuity