Our Sweet Adelines Chorus is doing a Fashion Show saluting Veterans. We need to make Poppy Pins that look "classy". Does anyone have any ideas for fairly inexpensive, but nice ones?
By Harmony Gal from Clifton Park, NY
For super-nice poppies you can start with silk flowers. I recently bought of poppies a bunch at Dollar Tree (they had dark red, orange & magenta). You could also buy them on sale or with a half-off coupon at any craft store. Here's the supplies you'll need:
- silk poppies (BTW: they are really made from polyester)
- 22 or 20 gauge wire
- dark green floral tape
- a candle
- wire cutters or old scissors
1) Remove the poppy off of the stem. 2) Light the candle & stick the end of the wire into the flame until it's hot. 3) Quickly push the wire through the nib of plastic at the bottom of the flower & push the wire through & fold in half then clip wire. 4) Wrap stem with floral tape, starting at the flower & working your way down, cover the wire stem with floral tape by spinning the stem around & at the same time pulling on the floral tape to release it's adhesive & pressing down with your fingers 5) if you like you can wrap the new wire stem around a pencil or pen to make it into a spiral. 6) add a corsage pin to attach. Poke it through the floral tape at the base of the flower.
A second idea; Do steps 1 through 3 then wrap wire to a pin back. Pin backs are sold at craft stores in bags with 30, 50 or 100. They are made for gluing fancy brooches to.
Here at 3 other ways, using crepe paper instead of silk flowers: (not as fancy, but less expensive!)
* or Google "making crepe paper poppies" or "tissue paper poppies".
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