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Making a Grave Site Winter Blanket

Learn how to make a blanket to cover for your loved one's grave site during the cold and winter months.

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.

Grave Blanket Necessary Materials

DIY Steps

Step-by-step instructions to make a winter blanket for your love's ones grave site.

    1. 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.
    2. Finish weaving the first layer of the evergreen (shown above)
    3. 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.
    4. 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!

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Detailed instructions to make a winter blanket to protect your loved love's grave site. Making them yourself is more affordable and made with love!

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Making a Grave Site Winter Blanket

Learn how to make a blanket to cover for your loved one's grave site during the cold and winter months.

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Ingredients

  • Chicken Wire,  2′ x 4′ Piece
    This will make a large blanket 4′ x 6′, which will cover the entire grave. You can use a 1′ x 2′ wire to make a smaller one as a Grave Pillow. This is done the exact same way only smaller.
  • Evergreen, assortment
    You can use any assortment of evergreen, you can find these at your local nursery for sale, I was able to pick them from my yard.  I used Ewe, White Pine, Blue Spruce and Cedar (in that order). For a 4′ x 6′, I collected the following:

    • 20 branches 4-5 inches long of Ewe
    • 10-12 branches 4-5 inches long of White Pine
    • 6-8 branches 2-3 inches long of Blue Spruce
    • 6-8 branches 1-2 inches long of Cedar
  • Wired Ribbon (18′ long), Ornaments or Decorations
    Any wired ribbon about 18 inches long and an assortment of ornaments or any other decorations. You can also buy the ribbon already made into a bow. Most craft stores usually have ribbon 50% off this time of year.

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Finish weaving the first layer of the evergreen (shown above)
  3. 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.
  4. Finish with your smallest evergreen in the center of the wire (Cedar).