Honour loved ones who have passed away with a homemade floral arrangement for their headstone. Create personalised headstone sprays using the deceased individual's favourite flowers to show love and respect. Headstone sprays can be created with silk or fresh flowers arranged in a foam block attached to a gravestone saddle. These types of arrangements adorn the top of the headstone. Silk flower arrangements can be stored and brought out for a time each year and placed on the headstone as an annual memorial, whereas fresh flower arrangements will have to be created new each time.
Place a wire gravestone saddle on a flat surface. Measure the length and width of the saddle and cut a block of floral foam to size with a knife. Soak the floral foam in a bucket of water if you are using fresh flowers. Place the foam on top of the saddle and gently press it into the wire teeth. Wrap floral adhesive tape around the block and wire saddle if the saddle doesn't have teeth.
Clip greenery stems to 6 to 10 inches in length. Use stem cutters for fresh greenery and wire cutters for silk greenery. Insert the greenery stems into the floral foam around the edges. The greenery should hang down and cover the foam and the saddle.
Cut the stems of six long-stemmed flowers to 18 to 20 inches in length. Use long-stemmed flowers such as roses, carnations, lilies and gladiolas. Insert the stems of these flowers into the centre portion of the floral foam. The flowers in the centre should be the tallest, with the surrounding flowers gradually becoming shorter as they reach the edges to create a gradual mound.
Add more flowers to the arrangement at random points around the existing flowers. Clip the stems before inserting them in the floral foam. The flowers should create a rounded silhouette. Walk around the arrangement as you are adding stems to make sure the shape is correct. Add additional stems of greenery and filler flowers until the arrangement is full and the floral foam is completely covered. Examples of filler flowers include baby's breath, Queen Anne's lace, statice and aster.
Cut a 12- to 18-inch length of ribbon and tie a bow. Cut a 16-inch piece of floral wire and loop it through the back of the bow. Bend the wire ends together and twist. Insert the bow into the front of the arrangement. Create ribbon loops if desired to insert throughout the arrangement. Cut 4- to 6-inch pieces of ribbon and 8-inch pieces of floral wire. Fold the ribbon ends together and push one end of a wire through the ribbon loop near the ends. Bend the wires together and twist. Wrap the ribbon ends and wire in floral tape. Insert the wired ribbons into the floral foam, pushing them down into the arrangement until only the ribbon can be seen.
Place your arrangement on top of the headstone. The front edge of the saddle should extend over the front of the stone and the back edge over the back of the stone. The arrangement should sit squarely on the centre of the headstone's top.
Things you need
- Wire gravestone saddle
- Floral foam
- Floral adhesive tape
- Stem cutter
- Wire cutter
- 18 to 20 long-stem flowers
- 10 to12 stems of filler flowers
- Floral wire
- Floral tape