Pinwheel Poppies – A Remembrance, Armistice or Veteran’s day activity 23

Both my boys take part in the annual remembrance parade as Cubs and this year it is the 100 anniversary of the start of World War One.  This has really captured the boys imagination, so we made Poppy Pinwheels. Remembrance Day, Armistice Day or Veteran’s Day as it is sometimes called is November 11th.

How to make pinwheel Poppies


  1. Red paper
  2. Brass Paper Fasteners
  3. Black Sharpie
  4. Green Paper straws
  5. Hole punch 1/8 inch
  6. Pinwheel Poppy Template 

How to make a pinwheel poppy

First off, print out your template so you can make multiple poppies or alternatively you download this version, so you can use it to cut on your Cricut Explore.



Colour in the brass paper fasteners so the head is black and allow to dry.  We used Hole punch 1/8 inch to make holes as shown on above image.

Ho to make a pinwheel poppy

Fold the each pointed end to the center before placing a paper fastener in.

Do the same with a second square, but place behind the first one and turn the petals to the side to make the pinwheel more poppy like.

Place a small amount of blu tak over each paper fastener end and place into a green straw.

Alternately you could add a safety pin to the back and use as a badge or glue to paper and make your own field of poppies.

We are going to make a paper plate wreath with ours like our melted wax poppy wreath.


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