Flowers are one of the most sincere touches you can add to a funeral for a loved one, especially if you know how to make a casket spray yourself.
A casket spray will drape over the surface of the casket in a show of sympathy. It offers a form of consolation to those who are mourning the loss of a family member or close friend.
By making the spray yourself, you can tailor its design in an adequate reflection of the deceased person’s character.
Items needed to make the casket spray are:
- floral block
- casket saddle
- five-gallon bucket
- flower preservative
- fifty or more cut flowers
- two or more bunches of ferns
- drain stopper
- dish drainer
- floral tape
It is not necessary to use ferns as your greenery. You can also choose various types of ornamental grasses or even asparagus fern. For flower choices, those most appropriate for funerals include lilies, carnations, and roses.
Instructions for Making a Casket Spray
- Fill your five-gallon bucket with fresh water. Determine how many pints are held in your bucket and add one teaspoon of the preservative for every pint. Use the spoon to stir the mixture until well-combined. Place your bucket next to your kitchen sink, easily reachable.
- Place your fifty or so cut flowers on the counter next to you. Taking a few at a time, place their cut ends under the tap while water is running. Take about an inch off the stem with the knife at a slant of 45 degrees. Place the freshly cut flowers into the bucket of preservative solution you prepared. Do this same process for all of the flowers.
- Repeat the above process with the bunches of ferns that you have set aside, making sure to follow the same cutting-under-water and 45-degree angle cut used for the flowers. You can then put the ferns in the flower bucket.
- Now, clean all of the flower and fern stem pieces from the sink, and place the drain stopper into the drain. Fill the sink about halfway and submerge the floral block. Let it remain in the sink until you notice a difference in the sink’s water level. The block will be completely saturated.
- Set your dish drainer up next to your sink in such a way that when you place the floral block into the drainer, the excess water will drain back into the sink. If your counter is flush with your sink, placing the drain stopper at the back end of the dish drainer should raise it enough that the flow of water will go into the sink.
- After the block is no longer heavily draining, place it into the casket saddle. Use the floral tape to secure the floral block does not move around within the saddle.
- Clear your kitchen table as your work surface and place the saddle on top. Find the longest ferns in your bucket and pull them out one at a time. Insert them in the floral block by positioning the stems near the bottom of the block. This will create a layer of green around the outer edge of your spray. The stems should all be pointing toward the floral block’s center.
- Repeat the above step creating layers of ferns up the sides of the block. Each layer should be about an inch apart, still angling stems toward the block’s center. Stage each layer so that each successive layer is just a tiny bit shorter than the previous one, creating a fuller appearance.
- Place three or four ferns along the top, positioned in an arch that matches the rounding of the rest of the spray.
- Now you’re ready to begin to add flowers. Starting at the bottom, you will place a flower in between each fern stem in the layer. When you finish the first layer, move up to the next, making sure each layer is a bit shorter so that you maintain the rounded appearance.
- Next you will begin the sides of the block exactly the same as the back. Alternate flowers to create a pattern of sorts, ensuring the spray is even and full. You will have to return to Step 2 occasionally to ensure that the flowers are a bit shorter for each successive layer. Take a moment to walk around the spray to ensure its fullness.
- Finally, add flowers to the top to finish filling out the spray. Any spaces that remain bare can have blooms or ferns added.
An Act of Kindness
Saying goodbye is never easy but making your own casket spray to place on top of your loved one’s casket can help ease your grief and that of those who are experiencing the same loss.
Those attending the funeral will truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.