Have you seen the price of cemetery flowers? My easy tutorial for DIY Cemetery Flowers will help you to save lots of money!
This is not a sad reflection. It’s a joy to make 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.
There are certain times of the year when cemetery flowers seem to get changed most often. We see lots of beautiful new floral arrangements at the cemetery for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and especially at Christmas.
I had a marathon floral arrangement making day when I made this bouquet of cemetery flowers. I made this Hydrangea Door Decor for a friend on the same day.
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.
I lucked up on a great sale at Joann’s. Their silk floral bouquets were half price plus I used a coupon! That’s why I shop there.
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.
Take a knife with you to the cemetery because you may need to trim a bit off the Styrofoam for fitting purposes. I trimmed just a tad. The only other way to know the fit is great would be to bring the container home from the cemetery. I don’t usually do that, but I have. Someone once stole the flower container from my brothers grave! Can you believe that?
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.
I was in a zone making floral arrangements. I suddenly realized my lamp and lots of electric cords were hanging right there. 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.
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 DIY Cemetery Flowers very full and pretty.
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.
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