Visiting loved ones’ graves during Memorial Weekend is a big tradition where I grew up. Since most of us leave a bouquet of flowers during our visit, I thought it would be nice touch to design some printable floral-pick printables for you to decorate your loved one’s gravesite. Use these cute printables in the flowers, or just poke them in the ground to add a nice, sentimental touch.
After the printables, I also share some great ways you can easily spruce up a gravesite. With a few tools and products on hand, you can really brighten up a memorial plot for anyone who visits Memorial Weekend–and after.
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Free Memorial Day Plant Pick Printables
Leaving bouquets of flowers or potted plants at the gravesites? You can personalize them with these cute, free printables. Just download and print. Four images/plant picks per 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. Glue them on skewers or sticks to make cute plant picks. Or attach them as gift tags.
Click here to print collage of three images.
Image at freepik.com. Used with permission.
Click here to print a collage of three images.
When I was a child, we used to visit my hometown cemetery faithfully every year. My mom and I would pick fresh lilacs from our yard and arrange them in vases. She always grew a beautiful garden, so we’d add other blooms as well. Now that I have my own children, we still often visit a cemetery or two for Memorial Day. We have to travel a bit to get to my hometown now, but my husband’s family has loved ones buried nearby.
And I’ve started a few new traditions for us. When we visit a cemetery, we often see the need to clean our ancestors’ gravestones and sites. It’s a great way to involve the kids and keep them busy, and it’s an important act of service for the deceased.
Memorial Day Spruce Up
With a few products on hand, you can do a quick, impressive cleanup of your loved one’s gravesite.
Clean and polish the headstone.
We recommend these simple granite stone wipes. They’re easy to store in your vehicle and can be used on your countertops at home when not in use at the cemetery.
Sweep around the headstones.
A small brush broom and dustpan are great to have on hand in the vehicle anyway. Pull them out to do a quick sweep around the stones.
Rake up twigs and clippings.
A few of our family members’ headstones are located under pine trees. There are always a bazillion pine cones, so we go prepared to rake them up. This is a great tool, and it’s awesome in the garden to rake up leaves and debris under the bushes at home.
Bring a few bags or grocery sacks to toss the debris.
Gallons of water.
We visit some remote cemeteries where the water isn’t always turned on by May. Flowers that were placed at the grave before Memorial Day often look wilted. So we water them, helping them to look fresh throughout the weekend so that anyone who visits will see beautiful arrangements.
Make a simple kit.
Arrange everything into a bucket, and you have an easy cleaning kit to take with you to the cemetery on Memorial weekend.
Be sure to take pictures of your family at the cemetery and share with any extended family members who couldn’t be there. You might even include them in a family scrapbook. The traditions you start or continue for Memorial Day with your children will likely be traditions they will pass on to their children someday.