Next week on Saturday 25th April it is ANZAC day. We would like to spend time to prepare for this by making a Anzac Poppy Wreath. As we are unable to be together and remember due to the COVID-19 lockdown in New Zealand, it is even more so important to show our respect from our own bubbles.
What do you need:
– egg carton. I used 15 ‘cups’ but you could make it bigger or smaller.
– red paint and paintbrush
– black paper or other material (I used an old black shopping bag)
– PVA glue
– old card board box
– some green paper (can be anything)
How to make the poppies:
Step 1: Cut individual ‘cups’ from the egg carton (approx 15). Trim them so they resemble flowers. Paint them red, inside and out. Let them dry.
Step 2: Cut circles of approx 3-4 cm diameter of the black material. Make enough for one for each flower. Give each circle little slits towards the middle. Put a little blob of glue in the heart of the flower. Scrunch your black circle from the middle and put it in the flower. You can push it down with the tip of a pencil if you need to. Let it dry.
Step 3: Open up the cardboard box. Take a (dinner)plate and draw a circle around it. This is the outside of your wreath. Draw an inner circle approx 4-5 cm to the inside of this line. Cut out the circle. To cut the inside, make a hole with the tip of your scissors and start cutting from there. This is the base of your wreath.
Step 4: To cover the wreath use your green paper. I had tissue paper which did scrunch nicely when I glued it on. If your paper is stiff, you can cut squares and glue these on one at the time. Just be creative with the material you have and make it look good.
Step 5: Glue the poppies onto the wreath. You can use PVA glue for this or if it is too hard a hot melt glue does the trick. Let it dry.
If you want to hang your Anzac Poppy Wreath on your front door you can attach a bit of string on the back. Or blue tack could stick it on nicely too
This craft is a bit more involved so it might take 2 (or more) days to finish it. It will be worth it though !
Let’s show the world we care, that we still remember those that were lost, and that we respect them for the freedom they have given us today.
Credit: Claudine Barnes