Many people visit the final resting place of their loved ones to place flowers and other memorials, but if you’re one of the many who simply can’t afford a new arrangement for every holiday or occasion, you likely show up empty-handed. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. There are lots of different memorials you can make that take minutes and little money.
A quick memorial you can make that costs about a buck or two is made with Styrofoam balls. Two to three inch balls are perfect for making a cross memorial. Butt five 2″ Styrofoam balls in a horizontal row on a table. Glue them together where they touch each other. On top of the center ball glue two more. Below the center ball glue three more of the 2″ balls. This forms a cross that can stand alone or be decorated.
Glue plastic or silk flowers all over the cross or simply paint it with gold glitter paint. Push a metal rod, found at any home improvement store, through the bottom of the cross. This will help stand the memorial in the ground. Use less of the 3″ balls to make the same arrangement. Since the 3″ ones are larger you need less of them to make the cross. You can also make the cross from Styrofoam blocks.
You know that white garland that many people use to decorate Christmas trees? It’s perfect for other occasions, too. Purchase a white Styrofoam ring and stand it upright to where the hole passes from front to back. Place two metal rods in the bottom of the wreath so it will stand upright at the memorial site. Wrap the white garland round and round the ring until it is completely covered. Glue on several flat, square magnets or several button magnets. Now you can change the memorial whenever you like.
On Valentine’s day attach red hearts to the white garland using the magnets. On the Fourth of July you can attach small flag magnets or similar red and blue items. At Christmas there’s a host of items you can use to decorate the memorial by using the magnets. The white background is just what you need to accomplish the perfect look for many different occasions.
Visit a home improvement store and look for something called gutter guard. The plastic mesh works well for creating a number of other memorials. The mesh can be cut to the size you like then decorated with real or fake flowers. The grid of the gutter guard makes it easy to push flowers into each small hole. Make rows of red and white flowers, with a blue gathering in the corner for the Fourth of July. Or, spell out words or phrases with one color then surround the saying with another color of flowers. There are so many different inexpensive memorials you can make using the plastic mesh. Attach two metal spikes or rods that will help hold the plaque-type memorial upright.
Give the mesh memorial a little more stability by placing it in a plastic picture frame. Glue the mesh into the frame and eliminate all cardboard and glass. Create the memorial you want inside the picture frame. Save money on flowers by using foil and other items you have around the house. Roll foil into small balls and push them into the holes of the mesh. Or, cut the foil into circles, find the center of the circle, and push it through the holes. The first method makes a dotted pattern where the second creates a floral look. Mix foil and fake flowers together for a unique arrangement that’s easy to create.
A different memorial can be made by using a plastic picture frame without the mesh. Create a poem or other memorial to the lost loved one. You can add stickers, foil cutouts and other flat embellishments to the paper. Laminate the paper and use double-sided tape to hold it in the picture frame. Eliminate all glass and cardboard of the frame. This memorial can be easily changed by removing the first poem or note and adding a new one whenever you want.
Use stiff but pliable craft wire to create another memorial that’s easy and inexpensive. Thread 2″ Styrofoam balls onto the wire and form a circle. Cut a piece of wire and bend it in half. Place it over the circular wire, between two balls. Give the wire a half twist so that the two ends of it hang next to each other in the center of the circle. Glue the first and last balls together to secure. This wreath-type memorial can be decorated in many different ways. Glue on flowers or spray with glitter paint. Glue plastic letters, from a craft store, together to form a word or name. Glue the name to the wires that are hanging down in the center. This memorial is easy and costs little to make.
Don’t show up empty-handed when you visit your lost loved ones. You don’t have to anymore! Forget going to a florist and paying big money for small memorials. Make your own and you’ll have beautiful memorials that are unique and inexpensive.