How to Make a Headstone Flower Arrangement
A headstone flower arrangement is a floral arrangement placed on the headstone of a grave. It can be made with fresh or silk flowers. These arrangements not only honor the deceased but enhance the enhance the look of the stone. Purchasing a headstone flower arrangement from a florist can be expensive, however, it is not difficult to make your own, customizing it by using the favorite flowers of the deceased person. Read on for how to make a headstone flower arrangement.
Using your measuring tape, carefully measure all sides of the headstone. You'll particularly want to determine the thickness of the headstone. Purchase long-stemmed flowers from your florist, approximately 20 flowers for the arrangement. Select carnations, roses, irises and gladiolas. Add to these fillers such as ferns, leaves or baby's breath.
Using a serrated knife, cut a piece of Styrofoam approximately 10 to 12 inches long and 2 inches thick. Place the cut panel of the Styrofoam on the teeth or prongs located in the center of the wire saddle bracket, a special holder for headstone floral arrangements. When purchasing a saddle bracket, buy one with teeth that will hold the Styrofoam, as it will be easier to work with. If you have a saddle bracket without teeth, you'll have to pin the flowers onto it.
Insert the greenery stems into the perimeter of the Styrofoam. Insert six long-stemmed flowers into the middle of the Styrofoam. These will serve as the arrangement's focal point.
Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut the stems of 12 to 14 additional flowers, and insert these around the six flowers in the middle of the arrangement. Add enough flowers so the Styrofoam is no longer visible. Use fake moss to fill in bare spots and to give the arrangement a fuller look.
Stand back and examine the arrangement to make sure it is well rounded. Make any necessary adjustments by adding or removing flowers. Push the ends of the saddle bracket downward at an angle, and then place the ends over the top of the headstone. Place one bracket at the front of the headstone and the other at the back of the headstone so the arrangement remains securely attached.