Anzac Day – DIY Paper Poppy

Anzac Day is tomorrow! Remember and appreciate all the fallen Australian and New Zealand soldiers who lost their lives to give us ours with this fun Anzac Day DIY craft. It’s also a great way to get your kids off of their tech for a little while and get them doing something hands-on while learning about Anzac Day and why we celebrate it! It’s super fun, easy to do and requires minimal effort.

What you need:

  • Paper – try to use scrap paper so you aren’t using resources unnecessarily
  • Pencil
  • Red and green markers
  • Red and green colouring pencils


  • Bead – or thread-able item of your choice
  • Curling ribbon, string, twine or wool (great way to use up your curling ribbon scraps or leftovers)

How to make it:

  1. The first thing you need to do is draw a rough sketch of a flower, go over it with a black marker and add some semi-circles in between the flowers (this helps with applying adhesive later on). Then grab a red marker and add some details to the petals of the poppy (Details are not necessary but it looks good), colour it in with a red pencil and roughly cut it out.

2. Then you will need to trace the shape of the poppy by placing it under your piece of paper, draw a slightly smaller circle inside what you just traced and add some leaves where the semicircles are on the poppy. With a black marker, outline your leaves and the smaller circle you drew and add a dot to the middle as a reference. Then detail the leaves (again, this is optional), then colour them with a green pencil, and cut it out along the outline.

3. Next, grab your poppy and cut it out along the outline, then cut all the way down to the centre. Then take your semi-circles and pull them underneath the next petal and apply adhesive – all I could find was sticky tape but you can use whatever is easiest for you – and continue this until you have the desired shape (as shown in the third picture). Size your poppy up to your leaves again and then cut triangular shapes out of the gaps between the leaves (this just makes it easier to attach to the poppy), and just as you did in the previous steps, attach your leaves with adhesive to the gaps in the petals.


After that, you will need to punch a small hole in the middle of the poppy and you can do this with just about anything… even a pen!

4. This is where it gets a little bit tricky…

Now you will need to find some sort of bead or thread-able item, I found a cute white pearl bead among my craft stuff and some white curling ribbon. Initially, the ribbon was too thick but all you have to do to fix this is fold the ribbon in half and then twist it, then push the bead all the way to the other end and twist about 0.5cm-1cm of it at the other end and then thread it through the middle of the poppy. Pull it through from the other end until about its 1/3 of the way through, then take the end that you twisted first and thread it through the middle of the poppy as well. You will end up with two strips of ribbon coming through the bottom of your flower, tie these in a knot and then you can tie them to just about anything – hair ties, bobby pins, hair clips etc! (Refer to pictures if you get stuck)


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Courtney Myers
19 Year Old Space Cadet
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