One of instructables biggest themes is being green and that includes recycling, after my school remembrance service at 11:00am on Tuesday 11th November, tons of paper poppies started appearing on the floor. This is because all the pupils have to buy one for the assembly but afterwards they no longer have any use for them.
I thought this was such a waste so i collected a few of the relativity intact poppies and brought them home to turn them into something cool.
After a bit of experimentation i worked out how to turn the flat single layer poppies into a more realistic triple layer 3D version.
Step 1: Getting Poppies
As I said in the intro I picked up all my poppies off the floor at my school, if you don't go to school or you can't get any for free just give a generous donation to the people who sell them and say your buying for others
Step 2: Disassemble the Poppies
Firstly we need to separate the poppies components, just pop the little black center off and its easy enough.
You will need three poppies to do this, you can use more but its likely the black center will pop off.
Step 3: Scrunch the Petals
If you look at the picture of a poppy below you will see that the poppy actually has more than one layer and isn't actually flat, this is the look we are trying to achieve.
Take the three flat petals from your donor poppies and carefully scrunch them into a ball, be careful not to rip the petal.
Once it is in a ball gently open it back up, if some parts are still flat re-scrunch.
Repeat this process for each of the three petals. (you may also want to do this to the little green leaf)
Step 4: Assemble Creation
Now the petals look more realistic line them up on the green stick so they form a circle and pop the black cap back on.
If it still looks flat pull the sides of the petals forwards a bit and it will look great
Step 5: All Done
Congratulations your all done, you can now wear your realistic poppy to any remembrance services or gatherings :D
(P.S. i know Remembrance day has passed but you could just favorite it for next year !)
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