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Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in General News, Our Work

How To Make a White Poppy

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace makes our own White Poppies using white and green felt.  We cut out the white poppy shape using a pattern and then use white glue or glue gun to attach a green circle in the centre.  We attach a small pin.

Another method is to use white cotton pads (for make up removal) and use a green marker for the centre.

white poppies hand made

Make your own white poppies

We  make our own by drawing the outline of a flower on a piece of card and sticking it to a used button.  If you have a printer that can print photos on 4×6 inch glossy paper (or a 4×6 card), you can download a ready-to-print picture in PDF format.  Hand-drawn poppies may be better, especially if the ink from your printer is not waterproof.  Many photo shops let you upload an image in JPEG format rather than PDF, and print for cheaper than a home printer’s  ink and paper, and with more durable ink.
More economically, download and print the image of 6 flowers (picture on right side).  These are a bit smaller, closer to the red poppy size.  Cut a piece of cloth adhesive tape (ex: duct tape) 1″x1/2″, fold a ridge, then stick to the back of the flower.  You can then stick a pin (straight or safety) through the ridge in the tape.  Or see below picture of duct tape around safety pin.

Finally, download  20 poppies on letter-size paper, same size flowers as the 6-flower file above.

  • Many people have for years been making their own poppies out of fabric, cardboard, felt, plastic …
    If you have homemade poppies, we would love to get a closeup photo and/or instructions on how to make them, to put on this website.

Tips on not losing a Poppy

You can attach a safety pin using duct tape 3/4inch Or 3m Nexcare cloth tape 19mm The P.P.U. poppies have a wire instead of a pin.  We recommend attaching a 1-inch safety pin to the cloth using a 1″ piece of duct tape 3/4″ wide. 3m Nexcare cloth tape 19mm (3/4″) or 25mm (1″) is better. Our packages include a sample poppy with safety pin attached.
• Pinch the poppy firmly in the middle while you fold the stem in half, back up towards the centre.
• cut a tape strip about 1cm wide x 2cm long.
• open safety pin and centre tape over the back of the pin.
• lay taped pin on back of poppy with open end towards the top
• press and smooth tape firmly to pin and poppy.

The straight pins supplied by the Legion with red poppies (and by Echec a la Guerre for their white poppies) seem to hold well on traditional wool suit jackets or winter coats, but on contemporary clothing they often fall off.  Here are a few tips for keeping one in place:
Earring back

  • Slip a metal or plastic ‘earring back’ onto the end of the straight pin
  • ‘Stitch’ the pin through the cloth more than once      ___   __   ____   _
  • Replace the straight pin with a 3/4″ -1″ safety pin
  • Push the pin through the velcro on a jacket rather than the thinner nylon fabric.  Be careful to not puncture the waterproof part of a jacket.