Updated May 10, 2019
Have you seen the price of cemetery flowers? My easy tutorial for DIY Cemetery Flowers will help you to save lots of money! These grave decorations are made with silk flowers you can buy most anywhere.
This is not a sad reflection. It’s a joy to make cemetery flowers for my parents. They both knew of my love for flowers and they both benefited from that while they were living. Momma would sometimes purchase silk flowers and have me make an arrangement to take to the cemetery.
Popular Times of The Year To Change Grave Decorations
There are certain times of the year when cemetery flowers seem to get changed most often.
- Mother’s Day
- Father’s Day
- anytime the old flowers have become faded
My assistant kept me company the whole day.
Don’t let the idea of DIY Cemetery Flowers frighten you. It’s really easy. It’s all about symmetry. Just keep things fairly symmetric. You can make your arrangement as elaborate or as simple as you like. I made this spring arrangement rather simple.
What To Buy
I lucked up on a great sale at Joann’s. Their silk floral bouquets were half price plus I used a coupon! Don’t forget to use coupons from the craft stores and watch for sales to put the silk flowers up for when you will need them.
- 3 bouquets of silk flowers
- 2 bouquets of greenery for filler
- 1 Styrofoam cone
Back in the old days I would have used floral pics and wire but that isn’t really necessary. Once you begin adding the pieces, the inside of your Styrofoam will begin to get crowded and you will implement some creativity.
I use a large can to hold the Styrofoam up while crafting the arrangement. Just save a vegetable can. They wash well in the dishwasher.
We are aiming for symmetry. I always begin with one tall stem in the center and work down from there keeping everything in a good alignment.
Use a pair of wire cutters for the stems. Leaving the stems longer will net a taller arrangement. You will need lots of floral bouquets for a taller arrangement.
I used to cover the foam with moss but eventually realized it wasn’t even visible once the arrangement is completely filled in so I don’t spend the money on the moss anymore.
Once I got started creating these grave flowers I suddenly realized my lamp and lots of electric cords were hanging right there. So I threw up a piece of white fabric and kept going. Because I was short on time, I snapped pics in my work spot. There is a window to my right and a bright light hanging over me. I clearly need more light in my craft room. That’s a different project though.
Place the next four stems on each side keeping them in height alignment with the original one and each other, for symmetry.
Then come in between those four with more. You will keep doing this until you are happy with the number of flowers. It will feel like a hot mess as you are working but I promise, it does all come together.
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After adding all of the floral stems, begin to fill in with your greenery.
Use everything you have, including the leaves from the floral stems to fill in and make your Cemetery Flowers very full and pretty.
Take With You to the Cemetery
- Knife just in case you need to trim the Styrofoam to fit
- Broom to sweep of the marker
- Trash bag for the old flowers you will be removing
Take a knife with you to the cemetery because you may need to trim a bit off the Styrofoam for fitting purposes.
I forgot to take a broom with me on this visit and the nearby tree is casting shadows. A great time for visiting my parents but not ideal for pictures.
My Dad was in construction. He was always happiest running a big piece of machinery moving dirt. In fact, he cleared our property for our home. That is why there are always toy tractors on his side of their grave. I should probably place an apron on Momma’s side but somehow that just doesn’t seem appropriate.