If you have a loved one in need of a grave covering during the winter season, this is a beautiful thing to do and it is much cheaper than buying one! Aunt Mary always makes my Dad’s Grave Blanket and she’s showing you how to make one as well!
I make about four of these every year to place on loved ones graves. If I bought them I would spend over $150, and this time of year who really has the extra money? The satisfaction, joy and overall good feeling that you get, well, you can’t put a price tag on that.
The one will go to my brother-in-law, John, Andrea’s dad. My sister, Ruth wanted blue and silver (blue for John’s eyes and silver because Ruth loves silver) I hope you enjoy this and will want to try and make one for yourself.
Before starting this project, check with the Cemetery to see if they allow these types of grave blankets. Some won’t allow them so just double check. Most cemeteries allow these to stay on the grave until March or a little after.
Take your longest evergreen (Ewe) and begin to weave the stem in and out of the wire. I started at each end and worked my way around.
Finish weaving the first layer of the evergreen (shown above)
Start to layer the second layer of evergreen by weaving in and out on top of the first layer (White Pine). Then layer the third on top of the first and second (Blue Spruce). Keep in mind that every layer you do, weave it in and out going toward the center of the chicken wire with each layer.
Finish with your smallest evergreen in the center of the wire (Cedar).
The finished product! Add your ribbon to the center of the Grave Blanket, as well as any decorations. Pick the blanket up from underneath supporting both ends of the wire and place on the grave. This should be very sturdy and will lay very nice.
If you have trouble or would like more help, please leave a comment and I will be glad to offer more assistance!