On All Saints’ Day it is a tradition to decorate the graves and provide them with flower arrangements. You don’t even have to buy them. You can make them yourself.
All Saints’ Day is a religious festival that is celebrated on 1 November. As the name suggests, all saints are remembered on this day. On this day it is the custom to go to the cemetery, to visit the deceased relatives and to decorate their graves. Particularly popular are flower arrangements that can be bought in abundance everywhere a few days in advance. But why buy when you can make them yourself? It is fun, inexpensive and does not require any special previous knowledge to produce a burial set for All Saints’ Day yourself. You don’t even need a lot of materials.
This is what you need for a burial set
❍ Plug-in foam:
The easiest way to make your own burial stucco is to use foam as a base. The very light and relatively soft mass is available in blocks of different sizes and can be easily cut to size if required.
Branches are the A and O of the burial set. Use the tips of fir or spruce branches that are as densely overgrown as possible.
Ordinary floral wire is inexpensive and completely sufficient for the production of a burial set.
You will need a pair of pliers to cut the wire.
If you want to cut foam to size, a knife with a long, preferably not serrated blade is just right.
❍ Decorative material:
Now your taste is in demand! Especially popular are natural materials like fir and pine cones, dried flowers, ferns, tree sponges and dry agave leaves, but also wooden figures or coloured wooden balls. Especially in this often already wet and cold time around All Saints’ Day, these materials last especially long.
This is how you make the arrangements yourself
❶ First cut the base out of plug-in foam with the knife. You can estimate a diameter or an edge length of 25 to 30 centimeters as the standard size. The shape should be even, for example round or square. Smaller deviations are not problematic, because the foam is later covered by branches and the decorative material anyway.
❷ Now insert the twigs into the foam so that they are inclined in a circle from the centre to the sides. The further inside the plug point lies, the longer the branch should be, so that ideally all branches close at a circular path around the base.
❸ All decorative materials that do not have natural tips should first be fixed with wire. This works very easily with fir and pine cones by inserting the wire between the individual cover scales. With straw flowers you can simply wrap the wire around the stalk. Tree sponges can be pierced.
❹ Now all you have to do is place the plug-in foam in a pot of matching colour. This way your flower arrangement has a secure hold and cannot fall over in wind and weather.
Tricks for a tasteful grave arrangement
When distributing the decorative materials, a little tact and a sense for the right size are required. On the one hand, the arrangement must not be so overloaded that hardly anything can be seen of the branches. On the other hand, it should also not appear dreary and loveless. On the pictures you see some stylish arrangements for All Saints’ Day, which do justice to the occasion:
A tip at the end:
You should always choose a main colour for your flower arrangement. Always use an odd number of all decorative materials. For example, a fir branch and three red grasses. This makes the arrangement appear more harmonious.
I am Don Burke, one of the authors at My Garden Guide. I am a horticulturist that cultivates, grows, and cares for plants, ranging from shrubs and fruits to flowers. I do it in my own garden and in my nursery. I show you how to take care of your garden and how to perform garden landscaping in an easy way, step by step.I am originally from Sydney and I wrote in local magazines. Later on, I have decided, more than two decades ago, to create my own blog. My area of specialization is related to orchid care, succulent care, and the study of the substrate and the soil. Therefore, you will see many articles dedicated to these disciplines. I also provide advice about how to improve the landscape design of your garden.