Remembrance Day Craft: Coffee Filter Poppies

By November 7, 2016Parkland Players

This Remembrance Day consider doing a beautiful poppy craft to reflect on the day and teach children about the symbolism of the poppy.

Materials Needed:

  1. Coffee Filters
  2. Food colouring or liquid watercolours
  3. Black buttons
  4. Paint brushes
  5. Ice cube tray or small bowls
  6. Pipe cleaners


  1. Start by adding a small amount of water to an ice cube tray. Then add the food colouring until it is the intensity of colour desired.
  2. Crumple up, twist and fold the coffee filters and then un-crumple them.
  3. Then use the food colouring and water mixture to paint the poppies with paintbrushes. Add food colouring directly to the filter as well for more effect.
  4. Discuss the process of the coffee filter absorbing the water and the colour.
  5. Make connections to other absorption processes like drying off with a towel.
  6. Once you are done painting, let the coffee filters dry.
  7. Once dry turn them into flowers by layering two coffee filters and pinching them together at the back.
  8. Wrap a small length of pipecleaner around the pinched section to hold everything together.
  9. Glue black buttons to the center of the front of the filters so for the middle part of the poppy.
  10. Display the poppies or let children take them home.



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