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DIY Patriotic Memorial Decoration

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A wreath made from red, white and blue tulle netting, decorated with artificial flowers then set on a wooden dowel so it can be used outdoors.

Graveside Cemetery Homemade Marker to honor family and military

 

RAIN, SNOW OR SUN will not bother  this easy to make DIY Patriotic Memorial Decoration.

Display with pride, in memory of  your loved one or friend; while honoring your country with red, white and blue!

This homemade Patriotic graveside decoration is so quick to make and inexpensive too. 

It can be outside in the weather and used year after year; or easily converted to a wreath, as shown in my tutorial.

Add in a solar powered light to shine on it at night, and you can spotlight your much-loved friend or family member for all to see. 

Also, Memorial Day is a perfect time to tell the stories of family and friends who have given their life, or served our country, so that we can enjoy the freedoms and opportunities we do.  

I hope you will take a moment to explain what a difference these hero’s have made in our everyday life.  Gratitude is the greatest attribute we can demonstrate

 EASY Do-It-Your-Self  (DIY) Patriotic Memorial Decoration

Supplies:

3 rolls of tulle, each 12 yards 6″wide

Red HERE

Blue HERE

White HERE

10″ Styrofoam circle HERE

Embellishments if desired THIS one has carnations, daisies and roses to choose from

Wooden dowel for sticking the decoration into the ground HERE is an option

Optional:  Patriotic Outdoor Solar Stake Lights like THESE

 

 Directions:

Begin with the tulle and Styrofoam circle

Cut tulle into 24″ lengths.

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Fold tulle in half and place behind the styrofoam circle as shown below.DIY Memorial Grave Decoration 2

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 Pull the loop over the top of the styrofoam circle and pull the two ends through the loop as shown below.

DIY Memorial Grave Decoration 3Repeat all around the circle and you will use about all of the tulle on the spools.DIY Memorial Grave Decoration 4

Determine the length you want the tails of the tuelle to be and measure, trimming all around. 

I held the end of the ruler at the inside of the circle and at 7″ trimmed the tulle netting to make it more even and uniform all around the outside of the decoration/wreath.

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 If desired, using glue gun attach embellishments. 

I glued the flowers right into the knot of the tulle since the hot glue would melt the Styrofoam.

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 Cut or break the dowel to the length desired. Push the dowel into the styrofoam circle, adjusting the tulle as needed. 

DIY Memorial Grave Decoration

 

  This can easily be made into a wreath also by adding a ribbon, tulle or hanger.DIY Memorial Grave Decoration 8

 

If you are head­ing out to clean the markers-headstones at the ceme­tery, my very clever hus­band fig­ured out a quick and effec­tive method to cut the over­grown grass and foliage.  

He used a pizza cutter and it worked so slick!

Bonus, the pizza cutter still works amazingly!Memorial Day 1

Then Stan used a kitchen dish scrub­ber with a han­dle, a bit of water and look how great this fam­ily marker looks!  

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Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today

More On This Topic:

Why Do We Have Memorial Day

The Reason For Memorial Weekend

Why Do We Have Memorial Day?

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The Reason For Memorial Weekend

The reason for Memorial Day Weekend

WHY do we have Memorial Day?

Is Memorial Day just a weekend to watch parades, get together to eat food, take the kids to play at parks, or simply have a vacation from work?

It is a national holiday, so there should to be a good reason behind it- right?

And while we are on the subject, is there much of a difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day?

If you have ever wondered about these questions and more, I have some other interesting information for you so you can understand the significance and magnitude this day represents.  Please teach and help others understand how precious our freedoms are, and how others have sacrificed for us to have them. That is how we maintain our liberty, otherwise it is easily lost.




MEMORIAL DAY

Did you realize that there IS a marked difference in Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day?

Memorial Day is set aside to honor all in the military personal who sustained wounds while fighting for our country, and died as a result from injuries.

Veterans Day is a time to remember and honor everyone who has served honorably, at any time of our country’s history, whether it be war or peace time.

Now,  lets talk about the Flag.  Do you know HOW it’s supposed to be raised and lowered?  

Here is the correct way: 

Flag Observance

On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country.

At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

When did Memorial Day become a National Holiday?

Memorandum to the nation on May 2, 2000

As Memorial Day approaches, it is time to pause and consider the  true meaning of this holiday. Memorial Day represents one day of national awareness and reverence, honoring those Americans who died while defending our Nation and its values. While we should honor these heroes every day for the profound contribution they have made to securing our Nation’s freedom, we should honor them especially on Memorial Day. In this time of unprecedented success and prosperity throughout our land, I ask that all Americans come together to recognize how fortunate we are to live in freedom and to observe a universal “National Moment of Remembrance” on each Memorial Day.

This memorial observance represents a simple and unifying way to commemorate our history and honor the struggle to protect our freedoms.


A few ideas of how to celebrate this holiday’s true meaning:

Read a story of history about a battle for our freedom Watch a documentary about a leader, or a war, that was vital for our life today Visit graves of deceased soldiers Say a prayer for our soldiers and military serving us today Provide or organize a project for “Adopt A Soldier”. Click HERE for information.

At 3pm, your local time, is the official time to observe a moment of silence, or the playing of “Taps” We are incredibly blessed as a people, and nation, to live in a country of opportunities and independence.

Freedom always comes at a cost someone paid the price. As we celebrate this day, may we pause to recognize, appreciate and say a prayer of gratitude for those who have valiantly sacrificed, to allow us the liberties we enjoy today as citizens of this great nation. What a wonderful day to remember this great gift, and ponder ways we can live to improve life for all.  

For an beautiful and quick outdoor cemetery DIY grave decoration, that can also be a door wreath, click HERE.  

On this post there is also information on how to easily clean a grave marker. 

DIY Memorial Grave Decoration

DIY Memorial Grave Decoration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.