Paper Plate Flanders Poppies – Art for Remembrance Day

Red poppies have long been a symbol or remembrance, especially when commemorating Armistice Day (the end of the First World Ward), on the 11th November each year.

Over the past few years, additional colours have come to signify things such as purple poppies to remember the lives of animals fallen in combat, and white poppies to promote peace in hopes that there will never be another world war.

This November, we are going to show you how to make very simple poppies with your children, and in the spirit of the above message, we will mention the three colours.


You will need:

  • 3 x paper plates
  • Red paint (Remembrance)
  • Purple paint (Animals)
  • Yellow paint (centre of poppies)
  • Black paint (centre of poppies)
  • Paint brushes or foam paint sticks
  • Scissors for cutting


  1. Cut each plate to look as though it has four large petals
  2. Paint the first plate red
  3. Paint second plate purple
  4. Set aside to dry
  5. Leave third plate white
  6. Once plates are dry, use the black paint to paint 5cm strokes from the middle outwards around in a circle
  7. Repeat for all three plates
  8. Set aside to dry thoroughly
  9. Once dried, paint a yellow spot spot (about 5c piece size) in the very centre of the plate
  10. Use to decorate for Remembrance Day

Numbered pictures below.

Bonus Idea: By making three or four sets of these, you could make a poppy wreath!