When my husband and I were Honeymooning in Scotland three years ago, we got to see some amazing displays ahead of Remembrance Day. Everywhere we looked there were adorable little red poppies. In roadside cemeteries, on EVERYONE’s lapel- from the Prime Minister to Newscasters to people in the streets- and little poppies benefiting veteran aid were being sold everywhere. It was really stinking and so moving… especially since we left a few days ahead of Remembrance Day… people were that dedicated to showing support!
It was beautiful. While we in the US have Memorial Day and Veterans Day, I wish we had a little symbol like the poppy to remember our veterans (and the end of WWI, where the poppy trend started- ironically by an American), and I wish we were as enthusiastic about showing our support not only of veterans, but the history that has shaped our country. I know my Canadian friends get big into Remembrance Day, so it isn’t just proximity to the battlefields of the Greatest Generation.
So to give a more proper nod this year, we made some tissue paper Remembrance Poppies just like the ones we found all over the UK three years ago- but big enough to stand alone as a place setting.
Hubby and I at the Whisky Experience in Edinburgh wearing our poppies
So, to make our own, we used this tutorial from Design Sponge. While it might look like a few steps, it is really very easy. Just a little folding, twisting and gluing.
As these were smaller, we didn’t do a chicken wire base (just floral wire and twisted tissue paper).
Also, I loved the whimsical feel the spanish moss gave the poppies, but if you wanted them with plain black centers like the remembrance poppies sold at shop counters, you could spray paint the moss or just make a mini pom with black tissue paper and still get some beautiful texture.
I absolutely adore how these turned out. I’ve placed them in an antique percolator on our dining room table as a lovely little tribute. And while Remembrance Day will quickly have come and gone, I plan on displaying them through the holidays- (why stop paying tribute??) in part because they can make a lovely transition into my red and green decor.
Are you planning anything special for Remembrance Day (if you’re in a Commonwealth country) or Veterans Day here in the US?
Do you have any crafts that honor your nation’s military and veterans? I’d love to see them… leave me a link below!