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fall sympathies

A traditional set piece is clad in autumn attire.

Design by Christina Burton, AIFD, PFCI

Sprayed with a glimmering coat of copper paint, a traditional easel holds a grand array of fall finds—including fresh, permanent and dried materials. The products, which are relatively trouble-free for funeral directors, mingle harmoniously and only upon close inspection is any difference perceptible.
    Most of the elements are anchored in a foam cage that is attached to the top of the copper-painted stand. Flowing from around and within the cluster of florals are permanent pumpkin vines and fresh defoliated berried vines, which are often found creeping up exterior walls during this bounteous season. (These vines are attached directly to the easel.) By entwining the easel’s legs, the two types of vines beautifully incorporate the painted stand into the arrangement, making an attractive overall presentation in which form and function, as well as fresh and faux, unite.
    Recommend tributes like these for those who were fond of fall as well as those who loved gardening and the great outdoors. And utilize this technique throughout the year to incorporate each season’s finest fare.

‘Commander in Chief’ Love Lilies (Asiatic) from The Sun Valley Group; Gerberas, bells-of-Ireland and Acuba foliage from favorite suppliers; gathered fresh vines; preserved China millet and Barked Wire from Knud Nielsen Company; permanent pumpkins, permanent pumpkin vines and permanent picks from Vintage Floral Imports; petite cage from FloraCraft Corporation; easel from The John Henry Company; Copper Colortool® Spray from Design Master Color Tool.
HOW TO 1::
Spray an easel with copper paint. Secure fresh berried vines to the easel with barked wire. Attach the foam-filled cage onto the easel’s hook.
  HOW TO 2:
Insert permanent pumpkin vines into the top of the floral foam so they can be shaped to cascade from within the fresh materials.
  HOW TO 3:
Attach additional permanent pumpkins to the easel’s legs with barked wire. Arrange fresh flowers into the foam-filled cage.

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