Remembrance Day, known as Veterans Day (or, formerly, Armistice Day) in the U.S., is marked every year on November 11, the date that World War I ended in 1918. Poppies grew on the battlefields of Flanders during the Great War. Described in war poetry of the time--and a vivid symbol of bloodshed--they are now commonly displayed on November 11 in memory of those who have lost their lives in armed conflicts and so are a suitable focus for Remembrance Day art projects.
Felt Poppy Badges
To make a Remembrance Day badge, cut out a poppy flower shape from red felt and then a slightly smaller one. Cut out two leafs from green felt. Glue the leaves onto the back of the larger flower, so most of them are visible when turned over. Place the smaller flower on the front of the larger and sew a black button in the center through both layers. Glue it to a brooch pin-back available from craft stores.
Poppy Photo Frame
Create a poppy photo frame with decoupage techniques to display a photo of an ancestor or relative who died serving in the armed forces. Cut out pictures of poppies printed onto paper, You can make these on a computer or make color photocopies from a book. Cover a plain photo frame with a layer of PVA glue, dampen the paper poppies and smooth them onto the sticky frame. Varnish it when dry with another coat of PVA glue.
Poppy Candle Holder
Many people light candles for remembrance. Create a poppy-themed candle holder from a plain glass tumbler using a stencil and translucent glass paints. Cut a poppy shape with leaves from a piece of stiff paper and tape it onto the exterior of the glass. Fill in the spaces with red and green paints. Ensure the paint is completely dry before removing the stencil. Add detail with a fine brush and black paint. Place a tea-light inside.
Remembrance Day Collage
For a history-class art project, create a multimedia collage of images associated with remembrance of the two world wars. Military medals, plain white crosses, old maps and pictures of Flanders' fields (caution is advised to check that any photos used by younger children do not contain unsuitable scenes of violence), images of telegrams sent to families during the war, fabrics representing military uniforms and contemporary photos of celebrations when the war ended can all be used to create a collage.
Mary Stewart has been a news and features journalist since 2000. Her work has appeared in U.K. national newspapers and magazines, including "The Times (of London)," "The Sunday Telegraph," "The Mail on Sunday" and "The Guardian". She has a B.A. in journalism from Napier University.