How to Make Funeral Wreaths


Make funeral wreaths with fresh garden blooms, dried or silk flowers. Fill a wreath form with blossoms for a hand-made sympathy expression. A floral wreath can be hung on the door or an easel at the church or funeral home. Set a framed photo of the deceased in the center of a wreath that is lying on a display table at the funeral home. A simple urn or cremation box can be surrounded with a wreath of beautiful flowers.

Step 1

Remove any packaging from the wreath form. Soak a fresh floral form in water for at least 30 minutes to saturate the material.

Step 2

Set the wreath form on a flat work surface. Cut flowers from the stalk leaving a 1-1/2 to 2 inch stem.

Step 3

Strip any remaining leaves from the short stems. Insert the stems into the foam starting at the bottom of the outside edge. Insert a round toothpick through the center of smaller stems on flowers such as daisies or chrysanthemum poms. Push the toothpick-stable stem down into the foam. Stagger the heights of the flowers slightly.

Step 4

Fill in the entire wreath form. Hold the wreath in front of a mirror to check for any gaps in the floral piece.

Step 5

Write the title of the deceased, such as "Aunt", "Brother" or "Friend," on a piece of wide satin ribbon with the glitter glue pen. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly before handling the ribbon. Attach the ribbon to the wreath with a florist greening pin or corsage pin. Stretch the ribbon across the open center of the wreath and secure it on the opposite side. Add a ribbon bow for another finishing option.

Things You'll Need

  • Heart or round wreath form
  • Knife or wire cutters
  • Carnations, daisies, chrysanthemum poms or statice
  • Round toothpicks
  • Satin ribbon
  • Glitter glue pen


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Who Can Help

  • Funeral Wise: Flower Etiquette
Keywords: funeral flowers, memorial wreath, sympathy flowers

About this Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for Demand Studios and Associated Content. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.