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How to Make Funeral Wreaths

By Suzie Faloon ; Updated September 21, 2017
Heart shaped wreaths are appropriate for a loved one.
wreath of roses for valentine's day image by nextrecord from Fotolia.com

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.

White carnations or statice is a stunning wreath background.
christmas wreath image by Inger Anne Hulbækdal from Fotolia.com

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

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

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.

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

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 Will Need

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


  • Silk flowers are appropriate for a funeral wreath that will be displayed at the grave site for several weeks.
  • Hydrangea blooms or peony blossoms are good base flowers for a large impressive wreath.

About the Author


Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for various websites. 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.