How to Make a Casket Saddle

by Lindsey Robinson Sanchez
A spray made from white lilies is a lovely, appropriate decoration for a casket saddle.

A spray made from white lilies is a lovely, appropriate decoration for a casket saddle.

Professional flower displays for funerals can be expensive. With a few tools and time, you can create your own arrangement to decorate the casket. You can choose between natural, sweet-smelling real flowers or long-lasting, lifelike silk flowers for your casket saddle.

Trim the stems of your fresh or silk flowers with floral shears. While fresh flowers are more natural and give off a pleasant scent, silk flowers can look realistic and last much longer.

Cut floral foam with a knife to fit inside a casket saddle container with about 1 inch of foam visible over the container. If you plan to use fresh flowers, soak your floral foam in water for several minutes to supply your flowers with moisture. If you use silk, leave your foam dry.

Insert the flowers into the foam, beginning at an almost horizontal angle toward the edge and adding them at an increasingly vertical angle toward the center of the foam block. This will give your casket saddle a pyramidal, dome-like shape over the casket.

Use greenery to fill in gaps and add interest to your arrangement. Add a ribbon bow to the top center of your casket saddle, and position the ribbon tails to trail over your arrangement.

Adjust the legs of your casket saddle base so that it fits snugly on the casket. Make sure the arrangement has symmetry from side to side and front to back.

Tip

  • While the arrangement as a whole should be symmetrical, vary the lengths of your stems to add interest and a natural feel to your casket saddle.

Items you will need

  • Fresh or silk flowers and greenery
  • Floral shears
  • Floral foam
  • Knife
  • Casket saddle base
  • Ribbon bow

About the Author

Lindsey Robinson Sanchez, from Bessemer, Ala., has written for the "Troy Messenger," "The Alabama Baptist" and "The Gainesville Times," where her work was featured on the AP wire. She has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida. She writes style, beauty, fitness, travel and culture.

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