Where we’re from, Remembrance Day is the standout special occasion of the month of November. That’s why everyone wears a felt poppy pin on their coat in tribute! Lately, we’ve been been looking for creative ways to use the crafting time we spend with our kids to teach them about Remembrance Day and the messages behind it, as well as its traditions.
Just in case you’re feeling just as convinced as we were, if not more, that crafts are a great opportunity to help your kids learn about a holiday and its history, here are 15 of the very best DIY ideas, designs, and tutorials related to Remembrance Day that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance.
1. Cupcake liner poppy wreath
Are you the kind of thrifty parent who loves the idea of getting creative with your kids using things that you’ve already got ready and waiting somewhere in your kitchen? Well, if you’re a baking enthusiast who nearly always has the supplies and tools on hand, then we’d suggest reaching for the red cupcake liners and checking out how Mama Papa Bubba turned theirs into a poppy wreath!
2. Pretty tissue paper poppy sun catchers
If you’ve never tried making sun catchers with your kids before then we’re very sorry indeed to tell you that you’ve been missing our on something very fun! Fix that this fall by taking a look at how Red Ted Art made these fantastic tissue paper sun catchers that are shaped like poppies and will look great in your window, catch the afternoon light through their green and red colours.
3. Finger print poppy painting
In our house, the most popular crafts that our kids always have the best time making are definitely the ones that let them get their hands a little messy. That’s why we’re so likely to bookmark just about any crafting idea that involves finger painting! This adorable finger painted poppy tutorial outlined in clear detail on DLTK Holidays was no exception.
4. Hand stitched felt poppies
Are your kids a little older and looking to learn new art techniques besides just the usual copy and paste kids’ crafts they’ve already mastered? Well, if you’ve ever been a sewing enthusiast who’s interested in introducing them to the very simplest techniques, then here’s a great starter project for you! Kitchen Counter Chronicles guides you step by step through the process of making hand stitched felt poppies for Remembrance Day.
5. Painted coffee filter poppy art
Just in case you’re still not quite over the idea of making some kind of poppy themed art that uses supplies you can easily grab from your kitchen but you’re just not the kind of person who keeps cupcake liners on hand, here’s an awesome alternative for coffee lovers! Check out how Art Bar used simple coffee filters to make this painted poppy art nice and simply.
6. Folded paper poppy art
Maybe your kids are still young enough that paper crafts are their primarily wheelhouse and they absolutely still enjoy them, but you’re also still looking for ways to keep things interesting for them and change it up a bit? Then we’d definitely suggest checking out how Krokotak did some simple folding to make their own paper poppies jump out from the page rather than just lying flat!
7. Bottle cap painted poppy field
Are you still thinking about how much your kids really like getting crafty with unconventional materials but they don’t always necessarily need to make what they’re using a permanent part of the final product? Then maybe they’d get along quite well in using something unique as a tool for painting! That’s precisely what Danya Banya did here when they used a screw-on bottle cap to make painted poppies for Remembrance Day.
8. Paper pinwheel poppies
Just in case we really piqued your attention when we started talking about paper projects that are still nice and simple but also use some easy folding techniques to level things up a little, here’s another idea that lets you put that concept to use even further! Check out how The Mad House made these adorable (and surprisingly simple) paper pinwheel poppies on paper straws.
9. Woven paper plate poppy
Maybe we almost had you convinced when we started talking about the hand stitched poppies we showed you earlier, but you’re actually looking to teach your kids more than just classic hand sewing when it comes to stitching based crafts? Well, particularly if they’re a little younger than working with an actual sewing needle calls for, then maybe you’ll get along a little better with this project from Make It Your Own that shows you how to make a paper plate poppy that involves some simple yarn weaving!
10. Recycled plastic bottle poppy
In your house, do you look at essentially any craft you possibly can as an opportunity to do some upcycling? Honestly, we’re like that as well, so we think you’ll get just as much of a kick out of this next idea from The Mad House as we did! Grab some water or pop bottles out of your recycling bin and take a better look at their tutorial to see how they made these lovely plastic bottle poppy ornaments.
11. Popsicle stick, button, and potato poppy
Have you actually seen quite a number of crafting elements in the projects we’ve shown you so far that you really think you’d enjoy doing with your kids but you’re actually having some trouble choosing between them? Well, who ever said you have to choose? Instead, check out how Messy Little Monster combined the use of popsicle sticks, buttons, and potatoes stamping- all things you’ve seen elsewhere on this list but not all together- in one place!
12. Paper flower poppies with template
Just in case you’re still interested in the idea of making some kind of paper poppies but you know your kids are up for even more of a challenge than the options we’ve shown you so far, here’s another idea for your consideration! We love the way The Inspiration Edit outlines the simple process of making wonderfully detailed cut and folded paper poppies step by step, and actually even gives you a template to follow along with if you need it as well.
13. Layered felt poppies
Are you actually still scrolling through our list and finding yourself intrigued the most by the idea of making your own poppies from felt, only you’re still not so sure about teaching your kids to hand stitch things just yet? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how The Things She Makes created these little layered felt poppies that don’t involve any sewing at all!
14. Remembrance Day poppy cookies
Are you and your kids actually the kind of family who likes to get creative together in the kitchen more than in just about any other way? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect people to give these yummy little poppy themed cookies a try! This recipe and tutorial from Life At The Zoo teaches you not only how to make the simple sugar cookies but also how to mix and drizzle the red icing just right in order to make the flowers.
15. Easy torn paper poppies
Just in case you’re still not feeling totally satisfied with the paper and glue options we’ve given you and you could use one more before we go, here it is! We’d suggest checking out the tutorial on Carrots Are Orange to see how they made a simple torn paper and pasting craft that’s shaped like a poppy and very easy to make indeed, even for the littlest kids.
Have you actually made other kinds of lovely Remembrance Day crafts and DIY projects with your kids before that they enjoyed and learned a lot from but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!