Memorial Day Poppy project

The red poppy has become a symbol of Memorial Day thanks to VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). Here is a quick and easy project to make your own tissue paper poppies for your home.

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  • Red tissue paper
  • Large green pipe cleaners
  • Scissors (Safety scissors if you have little little ones helping, right?)
  • White glue (optional)

1. Cut your tissue paper into 4 inch squares and fold them into quarters.

Cut tissue paper into squares

2. Fold it further diagonally from the center corner, and cut a round corner to make the curved petals.

Fold it again, then cut

3. Unfold your paper, you should have a circle with a scalloped edge.

Scalloped circle for Poppy petals

4. Poke a green pipe cleaner through the center of your flower to make a stem.

Green pipecleaner for stem

5. Curl the top end of the pipe cleaner to make the poppy's center and so it won't slip off.

Curl the end to make poppy center

6. (optional) Put a dab of glue under the flower where the pipe cleaner goes through to secure it.

Add a dab of white glue if you want

Yay! Now you have a beautiful home made tissue paper poppy to decorate your home or give to a loved one. If you want more information about them, you can visit and find out more about Memorial Day Buddy Poppies.

I also made a printable PDF copy of these instructions for you. The Memorial Day Poppy craft project PDF can be downloaded here.

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