“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
Tomorrow is Anzac Day, the anniversary of Australian and New Zealand forces landing on Gallipoli to face their first serious battle of the First World War. While the concepts of sacrifice, courage, and war are a bit much for my little Australians, the poppy as a symbol of remembrance seems a nice place to start. Here are a couple of ways we explored Anzac Day poppy art this week.
Milk bottle cap poppies
Lately, we’ve been experimenting with a range of different stamping techniques – see my previous post “Put your own stamp on it“. We continued this exploration of stamp art by using milk bottle caps as poppy stamps. We actually found a fellow art & craft blogger, Danya Banya, who had the same idea last year so we used her work as inspiration.
For this piece of artwork, we worked on paper and used a paintbrush, a bottle cap, and red, black, and green paint – with a little white added to the green to lighten it. The photos below step through the process.
Egg carton poppies
The cups from an egg carton make such great flowers – check out all these pretty floral arrangements:
To make poppies from egg cartons, simply cut out each cup and make about four triangular slits around the edge. Then paint the town red and finish them off by adding some black and a dab of yellow in the centre of each. You can add them to an Anzac Day wreath, put them on green straws or pipe cleaner stems and pop them in a vase, thread them onto a necklace, or glue them onto paper to make a nice textural 3D artwork.
For other Anzac Day craft ideas, scroll through some of these:
Lest we forget.