We decorate graves as a show of love and respect. Beautiful floral arrangements--both fresh and artificial traditionally are used to adorn graves. Both options can be costly when hiring the services of a florist, so many people opt to make their own. With a few simple supplies you can create lovely floral arrangements for the resting places of your loved ones.
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Things you need
- Florists Foam
- Florists Tape
- Florists Twine
- Plastic Floral Containers
- Wire Coat Hanger
- Wire Cutters
- Fresh and/or Artificial Flowers and Greenery
Choose either fresh flowers or artificial flowers. If you have a garden full of flowers, you'll save money by cutting and using your own. If purchasing from a flower shop, opt for hardy blooms to get the best value for your money. Geraniums are one of the hardiest flowering plants throughout the spring and summer months. Other choices include impatiens and pansies.
Test artificial flower durability by purchasing just one or two stems at your local craft store. Leave the stems, secured with a wire coat hanger, on the lawn in your backyard. See how they fare after some rain or damp weather. If the colour hasn't run or completely disappeared, use these flowers for your floral arrangement.
Soak floral foam in water for about fifteen minutes. Insert the foam into the plastic floral container of your choice. Soaking the foam helps the arrangement take shape within its container. Add floral stems and intersperse greenery throughout the arrangement.
Secure to the grave by cutting a length of wire coat hanger and wrapping one end so it may be inserted inside the arrangement. Run the longer part of the wire straight down the side of the arrangement and stick it into the ground.
Use a plant, such as a geranium. Simply add stems of additional flowers, greenery or decorations and set the pot directly onto the grave or into a basket that will sit on the grave. Adorn with a complementary ribbon, and stake the plant to the ground by cutting a segment of wire coat hanger, and driving through the arrangement and into the ground.
Create a vase of cut flowers that may be hung from the head stone itself. Do check with the cemetery to ensure that such arrangements are allowed, as not all cemeteries allow items to be placed directly on the head stones.
Purchase a plastic floral cone and hanger and fill with fresh cut stems interspersed with greenery. These cones are designed with wire brackets that fit over the top of a head stone, and rest against the front of the stone.
Add seasonal or holiday decorative stems like "Merry Christmas" or "Mother's Day," or perhaps a flag if you'd like. Wrap the plastic floral container in foil decorative wrap or set it inside a decorative container or basket that may be attached with a small piece of wire to the existing wire hanger.
Tips and warnings
- Be creative when making floral arrangements for graves. Include something that specifically reminds you of the deceased. Perhaps he was a fisherman or she loved to cook. Affix a fishing lure to the end of a piece of coat hanger wire and tuck into an arrangement. Stick a wooden spoon tied with a coordinated ribbon into another.