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Make a Memorial Picture From Funeral Flowers

Answers to some common questions about working with memorial flowers.

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Make a Memorial Picture or Bookmark
It's easy and comforting to press a single flower or even a rose petal which can later be used for a personal memorial.

I get questions about what to do with pressed funeral flowers. Here's an idea you may be able to use.

You can print out a little verse, using a pretty Calligraphy type of font on nice paper and include the name someplace on the picture, then arrange the flowers in a pleasing way around the verse.

Use just a tiny bit of glue on the flowers and let it dry completely before framing.

Use an acid free paper, watercolor paper is a good choice if in doubt.

You can make the verse be the center of the picture, or you can print it on a different kind of paper, tear the edges and assemble it all in the style of a collage. If you choose to do collage, you could include any other special little mementos  if you like.

Take the great care in framing your finished picture. You need to completely seal your pressed flower picture so that air can't get in and cause damage to the flowers over time. It may seem like it's a lot of trouble to go through, but it's worth it in the long run.

As simple, yet meaningful, gesture you could press a single flower or rose petal and use it to make a bookmark. Use a nice paper or cardstock and protect it with Contac paper or by lamination; you will have a special memorial.

If you feel like putting some time into it, you can try to press a rose or orchid. What could be more special?

If you like, I can do it for you. Here are some easy instructions if you want to know how to ship flowers to be pressed or freeze dried.

DO NOT PUT YOUR FLOWERS IN A FREEZER! When they are removed they will thaw and turn to mush...there will be nothing left to preserve.

There may be a special verse or poem that you want to use. If you draw a blank, here's some I like:

If tears could build a stairway,

And memories a lane,

I'd walk right up to heaven,

And bring you home again.

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

Gone yet not forgotten, although we are apart, your spirit lives within me, forever in my heart.

A gift for such a little while, you loss just seems so wrong, you should not have left before us, it's with loved ones you belong.

I thought of you with love today but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday and days before that too.

I think of you in silence, I often speak your name, all I have are memories and your picture in a frame.

Your memory is my keepsake with which I'll never part. God has you in His keeping I have you in my heart.


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