Making your own funeral flower display is a tasteful, respectful way to personalize your condolences and add a caring touch. There are many ways to make a lovely floral spray. They can be large or small; they can be simple or elaborate. They can be free standing (on an easel or stand), hanging or laid on the casket.
Decide what kind of spray you want to make--the colors, the size and complexity--and if you want to add personal embellishments.
Gather all your materials and tools together and have them within easy reach.
If the floral foam is not already cut to fit into the form of your spray, do so. You want it to be snug so don’t over cut.
Soak the floral foam in water and flower-food mix.
Place the wet floral foam into the form or container for your spray, using waterproof tape to secure it to the bottom and sides of the container.
Either lay wire mesh over the floral foam or create a mesh from floral tape. This helps hold the foam in the container and gives the flowers an anchor.
Cover the foam/mesh form with moss.
Gently but firmly press the flowers and greenery (use ivy, leaves and other decorative plant parts as a base for the flowers and to fill in bald spots) into the moss and mesh and then into the foam. Your goal is to anchor them firmly without breaking the stems.
Continue Step 8 until the spray design is what you want.
Once all the flowers have been placed, if you are adding a personal embellishment such as a ribbon with your family’s name or a photo of the deceased, attach it using wire, chenille stems or pipe cleaners.
Items you will need
Greenery (ivy, leaves, moss)
Chenille stems (or pipe cleaners)
Floral foam (aka flora oasis)
Support (hanging spray holder, casket spray holder or easel)
Personal embellishments (e.g., ribbons, photo or name banner)
You can find sheet floral moss at any floral or craft store or in the craft/floral section of many retail stores.
If the arrangement is to be hung, check it in a hanging position to make sure there are no bald spots and that the flowers do not fall out.
Mixing flower food into the water used to soak the floral foam will help the flowers last longer. Don’t over-soak the flower foam; you want it wet but not so wet it becomes heavy and breaks or crushes and crumbles when the flowers are pushed through it.
If you are going to use moss to cover the foam/mesh form, soak it with water before laying it down.
Keeping the floral foam wet, as well as the finished arrangement in the refrigerator or air-conditioned room and misted often, will keep the flowers fresh until the funeral.