DIY Poppy Lantern for Remembrance

With Remembrance Day only a few days away we wanted to create something that would help us remember all those affected by conflicts, both past & present. Minnie was keen to light a candle as an act of remembrance so we came up with the idea of making a poppy lantern which we could light in the evenings.

We started off with a clean jam jar & some white greaseproof paper. After measuring the paper around the jar to get the same length & height, Minnie set to work decorating the paper with her poppies.

 We had recently purchased our Royal British Legion poppies & had them on a nearby table so Minnie used these as a guide to help her create the shape of the flower.

Once her design was finished we glued a strip of red card to the top & bottom of the paper. You could use red paper instead of card but we found that the card gave the lantern a stronger structure. Adding the strips of card makes the paper lantern slightly taller than the jam jar, but don't worry the shape of the lantern will still hold.

To help us attach the paper neatly to the jar we added a small piece of double sided tape & then wrapped the paper around the jar. We then sealed the ends with tape.

Later that evening we added a tealight to our Lantern & the poppies glowed beautifully in the darkness. We chose to use a battery operated tealight as it enables Minnie to light the lantern as & when she chooses.

For us the act of lighting a candle enables us to remember & give thanks for the many men & women who served in previous conflicts, & offers us a time to remember & pray for all those who are serving in conflicts around the world now. It gives us a space each evening to also think of the many civilians who were/are caught up in the horror of war & we pray for them & their families, & a more peaceful world in the future.

This lantern has proved a popular activity & Minnie has since made more lanterns for relatives. I love this one she made with her Nana to remember her great, great uncle who died in WW1. Even though many years have passed & these generations never met, how special it is to have a light burning today in his memory.