November is the time of year when children recite John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Field,” and people of all ages don a bright-red poppy. The reason, of course, is Remembrance Day on November 11—a day that honours those who have fought bravely for our country since World War I.
But y’know what’s actually kind of annoying about those poppies? They are very easy to lose. They just slide right off. Pretty much daily. That is, until now.
We’ve figured out some hacks to keep those poppies in place once and for all. Because, while we’ll happily donate to veterans, it’s embarrassing to have to buy 12 poppy pins in a single week. Here’s how to avoid that:
1. It’s all in how you pin it. In the video above, you’ll notice how we’ve woven the pin back into the poppy. This keeps it nice and tight to your coat, meaning it’s less likely the flower will fly away.
2. Take the eraser out of a mechanical pencil and place on the bottom of the pin. This should anchor it.
3. Don’t have a pencil? Take a bit of clay and add a piece to the bottom of the pin. This, too, will anchor it.
4. No clay? No problem. A plain, old earring backing will work just as well.
5. Feeling extra patriotic? Ditch the pin it came with and poke a miniature Canada flag pin right through the centre of the poppy. Add the backing, and your poppy will not be going anywhere.