How to Make a Cross Wreath for a Funeral

Monday, July 18, 2022

Are you struggling to figure out how to support someone who is grieving? Are you crafty? If so, a cross wreath is a beautiful way to tangibly show that you are thinking of them.

Often, we don't know what to do or say, but we carry the weight of wanting to do at least one thing to help ease the grief our loved one is carrying. There is nothing wrong with sending a bouquet or lovely arrangement. However, if you want to add an even more personal touch, keep reading to learn how to make a cross wreath for a funeral.

How to Make a Cross Wreath for a Funeral

There are quite a few different ways and varying materials you could use to make a funeral cross. We are going to cover an easy way that doesn't require a lot of extra materials or expert cutting ability.


One of the perks of this tutorial is that you probably have some of these materials already! The following are the supplies that you need to have on hand:

  • Wire hangers
  • Wire
  • Flowers
  • Gloves and pliers (not mandatory)

Step 1: The Cross

Once you have your supplies, your first step will be to form your cross. While wire hangers aren't the easiest to maneuver, gloves and pliers will get the job done faster.

Bend three hangers into rectangle shapes so that the hook is in the middle of the rectangle. Try to have all of the rectangles you form be equal sizes. Don't get caught up in making them perfect, as they will be covered up with flowers.

Next, lay the hangers out so that two overlap lengthwise to form the body of the cross. The third hanger will represent the arms of the cross. You should be looking at the outline of a cross on your table or floor.

Now, where the hangers intersect, tightly wrap your wire until you are able to hold up the cross and nothing moves or falls. Once you've managed that, you're halfway there!

Taking your wire again, create a grid on the cross. This is where your flower stems will wrap and sit. Any grid will work, but a zig-zag fashion will give you the spacing you are looking for.

Step 2: The Flowers

As we mentioned before, we are using fake flowers. You can use real ones or send a flower arrangement instead, but this way, your friend or loved one has the option to hold onto this memento forever.

You don't want to have to mess with getting leaves to fit through your grid. So, cut any lower leaves off as you'll be wrapping the stem through. Keep your stems long enough to wrap, but feel free to cut them shorter if they're overly long.

A fun part of this project is getting to pick the placement of your flowers. Place them all over your cross before weaving them through until you've landed on your desired layout. Taking a picture to remember where they all went could be helpful.

Now, start weaving! If you have floral tape, you can use that for any unruly ones. Once finished, check for any light seeping through and fill those accordingly.

Give Your Gift

The only thing left to do now is to give your gift. As John Holmes said, "There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up."

We hope this tutorial has helped you learn how to make a cross wreath for a funeral! If you are in need of our services, request a consultation with us now.

At Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home and Crematory, we want to take care of you and your family in any way possible. Our services include traditional funeral services, celebration of life services, cremations, selection of memorial and headstones, and more. 

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