How to Make a Funeral Wreath


A fresh floral funeral wreath with your own home-grown garden flowers is a meaningful tribute to a deceased family member or friend. Mix a variety of newly blossomed hardy flowers that will stay open for at least three days when placed in a wreath form that has a water base. You will find floral foam wreath forms at a craft store, a florist shop or big box store in the floral supply section.

Step 1

Go to your flower garden very early in the morning. Take the bucket of warm water and your sharp knife or garden shears. Cut the flower stems on a slant and immediately place into the water. Add evergreens, asparagus fern or garden greenery that will hold up well in a wreath. Set the bucket into a cool, dark room to allow them to harden off.

Step 2

Soak the wreath form in a sink or tub of water for a few hours. It will fill with water that soaks deep into the special foam. Remove it from the water and hang it up on a wreath hanger.

Step 3

Cut flower stems and greenery pieces down to four- to five-inch lengths. Set the wreath onto a work surface.

Step 4

Insert flower stems into the foam. Start on one side and work your way around the wreath. Place larger flowers in first for the background.

Step 5

Add small, perfect looking blossoms in an gaps in the wreath. If you have a limited supply of a certain flower, such as a rose, insert the stems in the top as a cluster or at one side. You can also divide them, with one in each section of the wreath.

Step 6

Insert the ribbon bow at the bottom side or center of the wreath. Place it on the wreath hanger once again. A small amount of water may drip out of the form.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be very sure to harden off flowers used for a funeral wreath to be sure that the blossoms will not wilt while on display. Flowers must be cut when the stems are filled with nutrients early in the morning .

Things You'll Need

  • 5 quart pail or bucket with handle (sterilized)
  • Sharp knife or garden shears
  • Heart or ring Oasis wreath form
  • Ribbon bow on short wired stick


  • Funeral flowers: Funeral wreath

Who Can Help

  • Floral Resource: Wreaths and swags
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About this Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written ad copy and 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 Chilldren's Literature course in 1988.