The spray that adorns the casket of a loved one is perhaps the most visible floral tribute during a funeral. Specific flowers are usually selected. It may be a favourite flower of the person who has died, or the type of remembrance family members would like to display. However, a casket spray is not an intricate floral design; it uses a specific method for placing the flowers and the other materials.
Trim the floral foam to fit inside the cavities of the casket saddle. Fit the foam in snugly so the flower arrangement does not slide or wobble. Tape the foam to the saddle to keep it in place once the flowers are added.
Place a layer of long-stemmed greenery around the bottom edge of the foam in the casket saddle. The greens should be similar in length, and can arc out somewhat to the sides, but form a base for your first layer of flowers with this greenery.
Add a layer of long-stemmed flowers over the greenery. Trim the stems if necessary to adjust the length with a sharp pair of scissors.
Fill in an upward motion forming a mounded shape to the arrangement. You can wire together stems of flowers for stability and to make the arrangement more full. Step back every so often as you fill to make sure the arrangement looks good and is taking the correct shape.
Wire in a ribbon or personalised banner if one is being used by twisting a piece of floral wire to the end of the ribbon. Tuck it into the arrangement. Add a bow in the same manner. Use the needle-nose pliers to cut the floral wire and help twist it, if necessary.
Add water to the foam in the saddle after the arrangement is complete to keep the flowers fresh.
Things you need
- Casket saddle
- Utility knife
- Floral foam
- Floral greenery and filler
- Floral tape
- Floral wire
- Needle-nose pliers
- Long-stemmed flowers
- Sharp scissors