Looking for a beautiful way to honour Remembrance Day this year? Discover how to make your own egg carton poppy wreath. Yes, those poppies are made from an old egg carton. We’ve shared all kinds of lovely egg carton crafts, but I especially love the bold colour in this wreath. I also love that it sparks an important conversation about Remembrance Day with anyone who admires it.
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Remembrance Day (or Memorial Day) is one of those holidays that can often go unnoticed. When you are a kid your school will have an assembly on November 11th, and you might listen to veterans share their wartime experiences. But, as you get older the day can pass by without you noticing. However, it is important to stop and take the time to reflect on Remembrance Day. Reflect on the people who fought, who gave their lives so that we could live in peace.
So, we made this egg carton flower wreath to honour those soldiers. We transformed a simple egg box into something beautiful. We will read books and have discussions about the Great World Wars and the other wars that Canadian troops have fought in. We will discuss the sacrifices made and the many, many reasons why we want to continue fighting prejudice, discrimination and fight for peace to prevail around the world. Making Remembrance Day crafts is just one piece of the puzzle.
How to Make an Egg Carton Flower Poppy Wreath
Begin by cutting out the poppies. Traditionally a Remembrance Day poppy has many petals. Think of the poppy you wear or the poppies that grow in your garden. An egg carton is perfect for making poppies because you can easily cut lots of petals.
Cut the egg carton into 12 individual sections. With the scissors, trim each individual egg cup into round-edged poppy petals. Gently bend the petals outward…giving them a more natural or flower-like position. We used 10 egg carton flowers for this wreath.
Keep the extra bits. Cut the extra bits of egg carton into leaf-like shapes. These will be used to fill in around the flowers in the wreath. Paint them green and set them aside to dry while you work on the flower heads.
Once all of your poppies are cut out, use the red paint to cover the entire flower – inside and out. Set the painted egg carton poppy aside to dry. When the red has dried, use the black paint to add the dark centre of the poppy flower. Again set aside to dry.
The next step is totally optional. Use the glue gun to adhere a single black pompom inside the poppy. The centre of an actual poppy looks almost fuzzy, which makes the addition of a pompom perfect. We added black pompoms to about half of our poppies.
Now that you’ve made all of your poppies, it’s time to transform them into a wreath. Cut a circle of red bristol board. We made a 10-inch diameter wreath – it is about 2 inches wide. I liked the idea of keeping the poppy wreath smaller, so the egg carton poppies would sit tightly together.
Use the glue gun to stick the poppies all around the wreath. Now you can tuck the little leaves in between the flowers and glue them in place. Keep adding flowers and leaves until you are happy with the wreath you have made.
Make your own Remembrance Day poppy pin to wear proudly all November long.
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