The poppy flower is a symbol of respect for those who have lost their lives serving our country. Ken Wingard shares how to create them as a special Memorial Day tribute.


  • Red crepe paper
  • Black crepe paper
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Driftwood or wood block
  • Drill with small drill bit
  • Glue


  1. For each flower cut out 4 petals from red crepe with the grain going vertically.
  2. Cut out two 2” squares and a 1.5” x 4” rectangle from black crepe paper with the grain running the short way.
  3. Ball up one square and wrap the second square around it, then gather it at the bottom.
  4. Cut slits down the length of the rectangle and wrap it around the first pieces, pinching it along the bottom as you go.
  5. Place the petals around the black center, gathering at the bottom.
  6. Wrap the end of a piece of floral wire around the flower.
  7. Starting at the flower, wrap with floral tape extending down the length of the floral wire.
  8. Drill small holes in driftwood or block of wood. The holes can be spaced randomly or in even rows. If using a wood block this can be stained or distressed beforehand if desired.
  9. Apply glue into the holes.
  10. Insert the end of each poppy into a hole.
  11. Bend the floral wire to desired angle for each poppy, place into décor and enjoy!
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