My family suffered a great loss in 2007 when my Dad died in July. He had been so terribly sick and suffering a great deal, so I guess an end to the suffering brought us some comfort, though his absence leaves a major void.
My Dad *loved* his family, and being around all of us, so Mom decided she wanted to do something nice for his grave site. She'd seen some nice DIY ones at the cemetary that she liked just as well as the huge expensive displays that you can have done by a florist, and so she and my sister picked up some odds and ends at Big Lots, Dollar Store, Deals, and Wal-Mart. My Mom and I kind of winged it on crafting it together.
It is really weird how it came together so easily. Usually when my Mom or I attempt any sort of project of the sort, it ends up being a huge production, and turns out looking, at best, "good-enough," at worst, terribly "half-assed," not to mention all the cussing such a project would normally entail! There was nothing of the sort on this one.
I had to run out and get hot glue in the middle, which worked out fine, as Mom got a phone call when we ran out of it!
I'm just now getting around to taking pics off my camera (a few were on there from right before Pops died and I couldn't bring myself to transfer them off the camera until now, over 6 months later!) and uploading onto my Flickr.
The base is styrofoam. We pulled the blooms off of silk poinsettias. We ended up setting it on a metal florist's rack that my Mom had left over from something someone sent to the funeral home, and from the rack, hanging a glittery star on thin, clear fishing wire-ish thread. Wish I'd gotten a shot of that, but I forgot and certainly didn't want to bring my camera to take action-shots at the cemetary!
I am the worlds worst when it comes to not following through with craft projects, but maybe if we make it a family thing, we could do similar arrangements periodically. I think it was pretty therapeutic for us.