Poppy Fields

We are very pleased to announce that Wave is working in partnership with Valise Noire Theatre Company, Lighthouse, BSO, the Cultural Hub, Michele O’Brien, Hazel Evans and many other partners to commemorate the First World War with the project, Poppy Fields.

Poppy Fields is a multi-faceted heritage and arts project incorporating the making of thousands of poppies to be included in site specific performances and an exhibition opening at Lighthouse Gallery on Wednesday 15th October to coincide with the  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s commemorative concert.

Ask your school, your family, your group or even your nan, we would love you to get stuck in and help us make these poppies! Make as many as you can, as we are hoping to collect thousands for display. You can then drop them into the collection points. Drop off points are all Poole and Bournemouth Libraries and/or Lighthouse 7 – 11 October

To learn how to make the poppies, see the template created by Valise Noire Theatre Company below, and for more guidance see the poppy making Video!

Instructions:
There are 2 sizes of poppies we want to make. Please feel free make a selection of both.
Materials for basic simple template:
  • Red paper to make the petals
  • tissue paper, craft paper, any kind of red paper.
  • Green paper to make the leaf
  • craft paper, any kind of green paper but not tissue paper
  • Black paper
  • craft paper, any kind of paper but not tissue paper
  • Wire
  • 30 cm (approx). Thick enough to stand rigid with the poppy on the end
You will also need:
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue (not watered down)
Alternatives:
We would also like to encourage people to get creative and use different materials to create the poppies. Please use the template as a guideline for size, but feel free to get creative with your ideas for poppy making. For example poppies could be made by using a variety of different methods and materials such as knitting, using wire or metal, collage, material and different fabrics. We look forward to receiving your creations!
Click on the image to see it full size, then print off onto A4 paper to start making your poppies!
Poppy Template final