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Salt sough poppies

Salt Dough Poppies

Salt dough poppies

Salt Dough Poppies

Remembrance Day holds a significant place in our hearts, reminding us to honour and remember the sacrifices of those who served and continue to serve our nations. Why not embark on a meaningful and creative project by crafting salt dough poppies as November approaches? .

Materials Needed


  • To begin this  crafting journey, gather the following materials:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Green pipe cleaners or floral wire (optional)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Rolling pin (optional)
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie cutters or templates (optional)
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven
Salt sough poppies

Step 1: Mixing and Kneading the Salt Dough

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Slowly add water, mixing until a dough forms. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until it becomes smooth and pliable. Adjust the consistency by adding more flour or water if needed.

Step 2: Shaping the Poppies

Roll out the salt dough into four even-sized balls. Place them together like a square and either use a rolling pin or push down on them to flatter the balls. This will form a poppy.

Alternatively, you can flatten the dough and freehand the shape of a poppy using a knife or craft scissors.

Consider creating a small hole in the middle if you want to add a stem later.

Step 3: Baking the Salt Dough Poppies

Preheat your oven to 200°C (390°F). Place the poppy shapes on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake them for approximately 2 hours or until thoroughly dry and hardened. Keep an eye on them to prevent browning or burning. Once baked, let them cool completely before moving on to the next step.

Step 4: Painting and Detailing

Now comes the artistic part! Using red acrylic paint, carefully and evenly coat both sides of the poppy shapes. Allow the paint to dry completely. Once dry, you can add details such as black centres, white highlights, or other artistic touches that bring the poppies to life. Let your creativity guide you, ensuring each poppy is unique and beautiful.

Step 5: Assembling the Stems

Take the green pipe cleaners or floral wire and insert one end into the small hole at the bottom of each poppy shape. Bend and twist the wire to secure it, creating a stem for the poppy. You can adjust the length of the stem according to your preference. Repeat this step for all the poppies.

Crafting salt dough poppies for Remembrance Day is a touching and creative way to pay homage to the sacrifices made by servicemen and women. As you mould, paint, and assemble these symbolic flowers, remember their significance—reminding us of the bravery and resilience that shape our world.


Whether you display the poppies individually in a vase or create a wreath to hang, their presence will be a visual reminder of remembrance and gratitude. Engage in this heartfelt activity with family and friends, sharing stories and reflecting on the importance of honouring those who have served.

Making Poppies

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