How to make grave blankets & wreaths

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How to make grave blankets & wreaths
Grave blankets and wreaths add beauty to old and new graves. (Getty Creative)

Grave blankets and wreaths add accent to a fresh grave or give remembrance to a grave on the person's birthday or death anniversary. Having these ornamental items made and delivered to the grave site proves to be a pricey endeavour, so a useful option is to make them yourself. Making grave blankets and wreaths provides you with a creative task that allows you to incorporate the favourite flowers and foliage of the loved one you are remembering.

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Things you need

  • Canvas square, 1.2 by 1.2 metres (4 by 4 feet)
  • 300 silk flower blossoms
  • Hot glue gun with glue
  • Length of flexible wire, 50 cm (20 inches)
  • Silk grapevine, 1 metre (40 inches)

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Instructions

    Grave blanket

  1. 1

    Spread out the 1.2 by 1.2 metre (4 by 4 foot) square of canvas and smooth out the wrinkles and creases. Make sure it is completely straightened out.

  2. 2

    Snip the stems from 200 of the silk flowers, leaving only the blossoms. Choose an assortment of flowers and colours to create a truly ornamental grave blanket. Flowers such as calla lilies and baby's breath are commonly used in funeral and grave arrangements.

  3. 3

    Plug in the glue gun and insert a solid stick of glue into the back of the gun via the provided glue slot. Let it heat for about two minutes and then firmly squeeze the trigger to release a thin, hot line of melted glue. Apply a dot of hot glue to the back of each silk flower.

  4. 4

    Adhere each glued flower blossom to the surface of the canvas square. Start at the top edge of the fabric and make several rows of close-together flowers. Make sure to do this until none of the canvas is showing. Let the blanket dry for about an hour and throw it on the ground at the base of the headstone to provide the area with a decorative touch of colour and texture.

    Grave wreath

  1. 1

    Grasp the length of flexible wire in your hand and bend it until it forms a complete circle. Adhere the ends into place with a dot of hot glue. Hold the circle together for about two minutes so the glue can dry.

  2. 2

    Squeeze a thin line of hot glue down the length of the grape vine garland.

  3. 3

    Wind the garland around the flexible metal circle two times. Let it dry for about 10 minutes.

  4. 4

    Snip the stems off of about 100 different silk flowers. Choose flowers such as calla lilies, roses, carnations, daisies, begonias and tulips.

  5. 5

    Glue the flowers to various places throughout the grapevine wreath. Form several clusters of colourful flowers on both sides of the wreath, or create your own design with the flower clusters. Do this until only small parts of the grapevine's foliage shows through the flowers.

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