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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


3 rolls of tulle, each 12 yards 6″wide



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



Begin with the tulle and Styrofoam circle

Cut tulle into 24″ lengths.

DIY Memorial Grave Decoration 1

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

DIY Memorial Grave Decoration 3

 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.

DIY Memorial Grave Decoration 5

 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.

DIY Memorial Grave Decoration 6

 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!

Memorial Day 2

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

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today

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  • This is so inexpensive and such a great easy project to do for rembrance of all passed on veterans. Will have to keep this in mind for my own grandfather that fought in WWII. Thanks Carrie and have a great weekend.

  • The wreath is beautiful and a great way to show remembrance. 🙂

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  • Diane Roark says:

    Good Morning Carrie,

    Your wreath is perfect for Memorial Day Weekend, 4th July, Labor Day or even to leave at a grave site. I love that you attached it to a dowel to stand it up. Thank you for sharing this great idea. Would it be neat to see a sea of these wreaths in a cemetery.
    Diane Roark

  • Tasha says:

    It made me sad seeing Emily’s name on the tombstone….especially knowing she was actually a real person. This just made it even more real. Hope you have a wonderful holiday Carrie.

  • Sinea Pies says:

    This looks very nice, Carrie. Such a thoughtful thing to do 🙂 Pinning it to my Wreaths board. ♥

  • Great reminder. My dad was a WWII veteran and a Houston Police Officer. He was buried with full military and police honors last year. It was such a meaningful ceremony for us and I was so pleased that my 7-year old grandson was able to witness that.

    • Cathy, I am so sorry for your loss of your father. What pride you must have as a family that he was a veteran of war AND a policeman! What a tremendous example for your grandson and others. Thank you from all of us, for his service and the sacrifice your family gave on his behalf.

  • Leshia l Adamar says:

    I made this wreath yesterday for my Daddy, who fought in 3 wars, and it turned out beautiful… so pretty I don’t want to take it to his cemetary, afraid some petty ass will steal it, or watching it get weather damage. I will create something else for him <3

    • Carrie Groneman says:

      Hello and thank you for making the wreath! It really is unique and very nice, I agree. I hope it wouldn’t be taken, but those things do happen. You’ll have to let me know what you end up taking to the grave. I pray your entire family is blessed by the sacrifice your Daddy made for all of you AND ALL OF US!!! I appreciate so much the price he paid in countless ways for freedom and the better life we all enjoy due to his service.

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