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.
We used to 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.
Tips on not losing a 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:
- 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.