Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cemetery Flowers

Well, I've already told you all that I can't imagine paying retail prices for monument arrangements.  So I have been making them myself.  My first arrangement was for Easter and it lasted 2 months and looked just as good when I took it down as when I put it up!!  You can see when I put them up here.  Those flowers I had purchased at Hobby Lobby during a 50% off sale. 

A few weeks ago I was driving past a little place that sells monuments and I saw some flower arrangements.  I didn't stop because they were big and designed for a double stone, but I kept them in the back of my mind.  They were beautiful with big bright bold colors.  Well...I was at the Dollar Tree a few days later and saw some that matched the ones I had seen.  And here is what I came up with.

(I took this picture with my phone, so its not the best.  Sorry!)

They were out of rectangle styrofoam at the Dollar Tree, so I bought a round one.  I guess you're supposed to use them to make wreaths with.  I just started poking them in.  The greenery is simply one bunch on each side poked into the styrofoam.  I attached plastic knives to the bottom of the arrangement with wire.  This is what sticks to the "green sticky goo" and keeps the flowers from blowing away.  That stuff is AWESOME.  Does anyone know what I'm talking about or where I can get more??  I love how the flowers form to the stone.  I don't think I'll use another saddle.  It looks better without one.  I did dull the color of the flowers when I sprayed it with clear spray paint.  I did that to keep them from fading and getting mildew, but instead of using glossy paint I accidentally used matte finish.  Oh well, I still think they look pretty.  I've already got my flowers for a fourth of July arrangement.  So if you're interested, stay tuned.  I never thought I would be one to decorate at the cemetery, but it is actually very therapeutic for me.

Happy Crafting!

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