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How to Make Funeral Flower Arrangements

By Cynthia Myers ; Updated September 21, 2017

Flowers for a funeral are a traditional expression of sympathy, sent to provide both decoration for the funeral service, and as a comfort to the grieving family and friends. While you can order a funeral flower arrangement from a florist, a handmade arrangement is also appropriate, and can be your personal expression of your feelings for the departed and the family. Funeral flowers may be sent as a standard arrangement, a funeral wreath or a casket spray.

Choose your flowers. The most popular color for funeral flowers is white, so white mums, carnations, lilies and even white roses are appropriate for funeral arrangements. If you want to make a colored arrangement, choose flowers in varying tones of a single shade, such as lavender hydrangea, purple alstroemeria and statice, or mums and carnations in shades of gold and bronze. A shaped wreath such as a heart or cross is often covered entirely in roses in solid red, white or pink.

Soak the Oasis foam in water. A casket spray requires a long, rectangular block of Oasis foam, while an arrangement to be displayed on an easel uses a smaller block of the water-absorbing foam. You may also use a wire wreath form filled with Oasis for a funeral wreath. You can even find specialty wreath shapes, such as a heart or a cross, both popular for funerals.

Insert the flowers into the Oasis foam. Begin with any greenery you wish to use as a background or base. This might be magnolia leaves, eucalyptus or evergreens. Follow this with the larger blossoms or those at the back of a flat arrangement such as a casket spray. Continue to add flowers, working toward the front of the arrangement. Fill in with small blossoms and greenery.

Attach ribbon decoration. A casket spray might have large center bows on each side or the middle. A funeral wreath often features a ribbon banner across the wreath with a message inscribed on the ribbon such as In Memory or In Sympathy or Beloved Mother.


Things You Will Need

  • Flowers and greenery
  • Oasis foam
  • Wire form for wreaths
  • Ribbon bow


  • Taping a standing arrangement to an easel with florist's tape will make the arrangement more stable.

About the Author


Cynthia Myers is the author of numerous novels and her nonfiction work has appeared in publications ranging from "Historic Traveler" to "Texas Highways" to "Medical Practice Management." She has a degree in economics from Sam Houston State University.