I have always had a difficult time getting the flower arrangements that I have bought to stay put on a gravestone. So, I wanted to create something for my father's grave that would stay put!
You can make them in any length to fit any stone and you can make them for any season, man or woman, young or older.
I hope you enjoy this instructable. You can do many different things with these instructions for many different seasons and holidays. I love decorating my father's grave and I know he appreciates how much I care.
Step 1: Make Sure You Have All the Supplies That You Need.
1. Board cut to the correct length
2. Spray Paint (Optional)
3. Staple Gun with Staples
4. Floral Tape
5. Floral wire cutters
6. All the different flowers or items you want to decorate with
7. 2 Eyehooks
8. Drill & Drill Bit
9. Tape Measure
Now for the Disclaimer: When using tools of any kind always use caution. Also, you should always wear safety goggles when cutting the wood. Keep fingers away from the end of the stapler when using it to staple down the flowers.
Step 2: Connect the Eyehooks
You want to do this step first because otherwise you might smash your flowers.
Using a drill and drill bit, drill a starter hole in each end of your wood.
Then screw in the eyehook until you can't see the threading anymore.
Step 3: Start With Your Base Level of Flower
As of right now, you have the correct length of board and you have spray painted it if you wanted to. I did not spray paint this board because the greenery I am using will cover it nicely.
You want to make sure you have an area that you are able to work on such as a table or floor space.
Take whatever you are going to use as your base level and staple it down to the board. I am using a piece of garland. Using your floral wire cutters cut it to the length of your board, or just a tad longer.
Start attaching it to the board using your staple gun. You may need to separate the needles in order to get it nice and tight. Make sure you have it attached so it will withstand the wind and weather and not fall off.
Then when you are finished you should not see any of the board.
Step 4: Cut Apart Your Flowers
If you have a "bunch" of flowers you will want to take your floral wire cutters and cut them apart. Cut the stems down so you only have about 2"-3" (enough to staple to the board).
Cut everything apart that you want to use and lay it out so you can view everything.
Step 5: Arranging Your Flowers
Now you will want to start arranging the flowers and other items on the board.
I never start to staple anything down until I am sure that I like where everything is at.
You just keep adding and working with it until you are happy with what you have created.
Step 6: Time to Staple
Now that you have everything right where you want it, it is time to start stapling it down.
You need to be careful and separate the greenery to be able to reach the stems to staple them. Watch your fingers!
And when you have it all stapled, this is your finished project.
Now...let's go see how easy it is to attach it to the gravestone.
Step 7: Attaching Your Arrangement
You will see that in the video it is very simple to attach your new arrangement to the gravestone.
I showed you how to make a holiday arrangement and in the video I am using the Fall arrangement I made.
I hope you have enjoyed this project as much as I have! Can't wait for Spring to make my next one.