How to Make a Memorial Candle With Funeral Flowers

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How to Make a Memorial Candle With Funeral Flowers
Candles are a comforting way to remember a loved one. (candle image by Fotocie from

People light candles in remembrance of loved ones and have done so since ancient times. Memorial candles can be a simple votive candle or an elaborate pillar with photographs and text printed on the candle. You can also display the candle with a single rose or as part of a larger floral arrangement. Funeral attendees light these candles during the service and the grieving family take them home as memorials.

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Things you need

  • Low oval basket
  • Florist foil
  • Floral oasis
  • Florist's green tape
  • Scissors
  • Moss
  • U-pin
  • Assorted greens
  • Line flowers
  • Roses
  • Baby's breath

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  1. 1

    Line your basket with the florist foil. This prevents water from seeping through the bottom of your container. Trim any excess foil from the top.

    How to Make a Memorial Candle With Funeral Flowers
    A shallow oval basket or a florist's plastic container works well. (Straw basket image by Tasha from
  2. 2

    Cut the oasis to fit your container snugly. It should be 3 inches higher than the basket. Soak the piece in water until it sinks. It will take approximately 20 minutes. Secure the oasis in the basket with the tape.

  3. 3

    Place the candle in the centre of the oasis and press down firmly on the top of the candle. This will push it into the oasis for stability. Tape the bottom of the candle to the basket to keep it in place.

  4. 4

    Cover the oasis with moss. Secure it with the U-pins. The moss will hide the tape and oasis.

  5. 5

    Arrange the greens so they look lush and bushy. Insert the stems far enough into the oasis to stay in place.

    How to Make a Memorial Candle With Funeral Flowers
    Your greens should extend beyond the container. (green leaves image by OMKAR A.V from
  6. 6

    Arrange your line flowers so they make a triangular outline. Position three behind the candle and at least one at both ends so they are parallel with the work surface. Line flowers are tall flowers that have multiple blooms on a single stem, such as delphiniums and gladiolas.

    How to Make a Memorial Candle With Funeral Flowers
    Line flowers add height and form to the arrangement. (pink gladiola image by maureen dainty from
  7. 7

    Trim the stems of your roses and place them so they fill the arrangement well. They should be shorter than the line flowers. Push the stems into the oasis until they are stable.

    How to Make a Memorial Candle With Funeral Flowers
    Roses are always appropriate for funerals. (pink roses image by Daria Miroshnikova from
  8. 8

    Arrange your filler flowers to cover any bare areas. Your arrangement should look full. A common filler flower is baby's breath.

    How to Make a Memorial Candle With Funeral Flowers
    Baby's Breath works well as a filler with roses. (Red Roses image by Sujit Mahapatra from

Tips and warnings

  • Displaying a loved one's framed photograph is a meaningful touch.

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