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How to Make a Funeral Easel Flower Arrangement

By Jay Golberg ; Updated September 21, 2017

A funeral easel flower arrangement is a one-sided arrangement attached to a metal or wooden easel for display at a funeral service. It can be up to 6 or 8 feet high and 3 feet wide or more. Because they can be expensive to buy from a florist, consider making your own arrangement, practicing first on one or two.

Hydrate the flowers and greenery by re-cutting the ends and letting them drink water for 24 hours before assembling the easel.

Set up the easel and decide how big the Styrofoam base that you will be attaching the flowers to should be. Keep in mind that the bigger the base, the more flowers and greenery you will need to hide it from view.

Cut the Styrofoam board base to the desired length and width; a 6-inch by 8-inch base is sufficient for most arrangements. Glue a piece of corrugated cardboard the same size as the base to one of the broad sides of the Styrofoam and let dry for a few minutes.

Poke several holes through the Styrofoam base and cardboard with an ice pick. These will be used to insert the florist wire into the base and attach it firmly to the easel. If the easel has a hook on it, push it into the cardboard and Styrofoam for extra support before twisting the wire around the easel to secure the base.

Fill several water picks with water and begin cutting the greenery stems to the desired length. Insert greenery into the picks and push them into the Styrofoam at the desired places to create the shape of the arrangement. You can put multiple stems in one water pick. If you pull out a water pick to make adjustments, make a new hole, because the old hole will not hold the water pick firmly in place,

Insert filler flowers with water picks after cutting the stems to the desired length. Larger flower, such as roses, are added last to finish the arrangement.


Things You Will Need

  • Two-inch thick piece of Styrofoam board
  • Sharp knife
  • Pointed water picks
  • Wire funeral easel
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Spray adhesive for Styrofoam
  • Floral wire
  • Flowers
  • Greenery
  • Water
  • Ice pick


  • Allow yourself three hours to make the arrangement on the day of delivery to the funeral service.
  • Don't make the easel arrangement so large that it cannot fit in your car or through a 36-inch doorway.
  • Keep in mind that the funeral home may need to move the easel from one location to another, so secure the base well to the easel frame.

About the Author


Jay Golberg is a certified Texas nursery professional and professional project manager. He has 30 years of business and farming experience and holds bachelor's degrees in English writing from St. Edward's University and finance from Lamar University.