On Sunday we will be marking Remembrance Sunday here in the UK, which falls on the second Sunday in November. Remembrance Day marks the day the First First World War ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. A two-minute silence is held at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars.
Although the children learn about Remembrance Day at school I think it is important to talk about it at home too. My Great Uncle died in the First World War so we look at photographs and talk about him at this time of year.
Over the last few years we’ve made lots of Remembrance Day crafts for kids. This year we decided to update the Remembrance Day wreath we made last year. My 9 year old loves origami so I wanted to use all the paper flowers he’s been making and create an origami poppy wreath.
All we needed was:
red origami paper
black tissue paper
a wire wreath frame (from Hobbycraft)
Ryobi 18V ONE+ Cordless Glue Gun (I used this one – Amazon affiliate link)
How to make an origami poppy wreath
We adapted a simple origami flower tutorial we found online to make our paper poppies (just search online and you will find hundreds). We used red origami paper.
He added a black centre to each flower with black tissue paper.
My son made 12 flowers and used some different patterned papers to add interest.
We decided to use hot glue to stick each flower to the wire frame. I used the Ryobi Cordless Glue Gun as it heats up quickly and is easy to use.
I added a dab of glue to the frame and my son placed each poppy where he wanted it.
Some of the poppies overlapped but we liked the way they looked around the frame. We added a length of ribbon so we could hang up our origami poppy wreath.
You may be interested in our other Remembrance Day crafts for kids: