If you have Pinterest, you will know that the number one pin (I am sure of this!) is that you can make a wreath out of pipe insulation foam. I made one a few days ago for Halloween that was made out of 1/2″ pipe insulator, and I also made this guy:
(Excuse my photos as I still experiment with my new camera!)
It turned out, but it was looking a little slim. So, I went back to the hardware store and bought some 3/4″ pipe insulating foam. Now this stuff was MUCH harder to form into a circle. I thought I had a pretty good circle, and I wrapped it in white yarn for a poppy wreath, but when I came back the next day, I found this:
Now in case you didn’t know, I taught kindergarten last year, and I can guarantee you that this is not a circle. It is almost like a squished up pentagon. Not going to work… so I did some research (yes, okay, I did it on Pinterest) and found I was not the only one with this issue. I tried the only suggested solution that I could with my wreath already wrapped. I cut a slit in the yarn where the foam was taped together…
Now it was onto the poppies. Remembrance Day is really big here. I know it should and perhaps be big everywhere, but this whole town is practically built on the military. Every single house we looked at while purchasing a house was owned by a military member. Everyone is, or is very close to, someone who stands for our freedom. So I definitely wanted to show my support by having a special wreath to honor our fallen soldiers.
I made some felt poppies out of red felt. Super easy peasy – cut four red circles, fold them in quarters, and glue them onto a smaller red back. Place dabs of glue on any spots that are “sticking up” too much for your liking. Then, cut a small grey felt circle and place it in the middle of your poppy (I couldn’t find black). Voila! Instant poppies! (Okay, not INSTANT… but 10 minute poppies are still pretty good!)
I also made little notches in the middle of the top layer so it looked more like a poppy. Just as I was about to glue these suckers to that horrid white yarn wrapped wreath, I thought – I might need another horrid white yarn wreath someday, and I am N-O-T, not (as Clementine would say) wrapping another one. That’s when I pulled out the thing I used most as a teacher (well, second only to post its)….
VELCRO! I thought perhaps can take the poppies off and replace them with some other embellishment sometime if I need to. So I stuck one side on the poppy (I glue gunned it on) and one side on the wreath (it didn’t need glue, I couldn’t get it off without the glue anyway).
One, two, three poppies on, and here she is hanging on my front door. It is very simple but I did not want to be too flashy, since it is a solemn occasion.
P.S. And in case you are still wondering who Clementine is… you need to find yourself to a children’s library and read about the most delightful and creative little girl, who I am in love with, even though she is a fictional character.