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The Best Way to Attach Flowers to a Headstone

Placing an elegant flower arrangement on top of a headstone is a beautiful way to memorialize a loved one who has passed.  But how do you attach the flowers so they don't blow away in the first wind that rolls through the cemetery after you've place them?  You obviously don't want to have your flowers lost, but you also don't want to attach them in a fashion that looks bad or might damage the stone.

The headstone spray, which is a very popular style of grave site floral arrangement, can be placed on the ground atop the grave, on an easel next to the grave stone, or perched on top of the stone.  Of the three options, having the spray on top of the stone looks the best, and is how the arrangement was really intended to be displayed.

Most sprays are sold with a saddle that is made of coat hanger-like wire that is bent to fit over the top of the stone and hold it in place.  These saddles do a decent job of holding the flowers in place, but they can still be blown away if the wind gets strong.  The other issues with saddles is often times they look cheap, and if they're made from low-cost materials, can rust and leave rusty streaks running down the face of the stone.

We've also seen other strategies for attaching flowers that are quite crude, ineffective, and unattractive, such as the use of plastic wrap, duct tape, wire, zip ties, and fishing line.  While some of these strategies are quite creative and border on engineering marvels, they typically don't look very good.  Especially when you get close!

The Best Solution


Graveside Flowers sells a product that will anchor your flowers to a headstone in a way that is completely hidden from view, won't damage the stone, will hold up to a strong wind, is made from aluminum, so it won't rust...and doesn't cost that much more than a roll of duct tape. This innovative headstone flower arrangement anchor (pictured to the right) retails for just $14.99 and makes a perfect, and permanent, solution to the problem of securing flowers on top of a grave marker.



To buy one for yourself, click on the following link: 


July 07, 2016 by Chuck Clark
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Phil said:

The anchor for flowers works very well but a funeral director pointed out one thing to us. If the rubber breaks off and it rust. the rust will run down onto the stone and will not come off. All the wire needs to be covered. If you walk into a cemetery and look around you will see where the rust stains are on stones from these types of saddles.

Graveside Flowers said:

The anchor itself will never rust. It’s made completely of aluminum and stainless steel components.

Some saddles are made with material that will rust over time, but many aren’t. You should definitely check your saddle material if you’re going to leave the spray out long enough to rust.

Carol said:

Aluminum doesn’t rust, so it should be fine.

Shelli said:

Very helpful I’m going to order these! Question.. One headstone we have is slanted at the top, thus the regular saddle has never fit quite right. Had to use fishing wire to secure but easily lost in our spring s

Ruth said:

My brother-in-law’s headstone is a double flat stone with the back slightly elevated. My sister-in-law would like to put flowers on the stone since our cemetery does not allow shepherd hooks. Is there a good way to do that? We need some ideas.

Tina said:

Any ideas how to affix a saddle to a rough cut stone? They keep blowing off.

Graveside Flowers said:


If the front and back surfaces of the stone are smooth, you could place an anchor near the top on each side, and then attach an arm of the saddle to each anchor.

Penny Nichols said:

Have any suggestions for keeping arrangements in a cemetary vase? Windy days can blow out the arrangements I think are well secured and wedged into the foam in the vase. If they blow out, they’re thrown away and that gets expensive. Is there an anchoring devise similar to the ones for saddle arrangements.

Graveside Flowers said:


We are currently working on a device to do that. We will keep everyone posted once it’s available.

Sue Gauvey said:

Would these help with theives. My dad’s flowers are stolen within the week everytime I put new ones on. It’s not the staff of the city. They are aware of the thefts. It’s not just are family.

Graveside Flowers said:


It definitely makes it more difficult to steal the arrangement, but sadly, there’s no way to completely prevent such a thing from happening.

Anna stockholm said:

My parents have a stunning pillowtop grave marker, unfortunately it has no vases and i struggle to decorate it! Any thing left in the ground will be collected after a couple of days and I’m looking for ideas to attatch to marker or cement pad that the marker sits on. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

Dana said:

It is described as not causing harm to the stone. However if you decide to remove this how do you do this without causing damage to the stone?

Graveside Flowers said:


Get a sturdy plastic scraper from any hardware store, and slowly work it between the stone and anchor. Once the anchor comes off, use an alcohol swab to remove any sticky residue from the stone.

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Brian Keller said:

On the vases you all sell could you not put 2 or 3 winged bolt screws thru the sides with a flat plate inside to secure the flowers in the vase? This would be similar to a Christmas tree stand. Just a thought for Miss Penny Nichols situation

Lynne Johnson said:

I have been battling theft of the floral saddles I place on my daughter’s gravestone for years. It is expensive and my desire to always have beautiful flowers for her has become so devastating. It is sad enough that she is no longer with me, but this is cruel and heartbreaking. Any ideas? I’m thinking of an electric shock or a note threatening criminal action? Or, a camera with a note? How crude this would all be. The evil of people is overwhelming. Thanks for listening. If you have any ideas, Obviously I am open. Lynne J

David said:

I put a plastic pipe about 1/2 inch in size about 6 inches long in the ground beside the stone deep enough they can now over it but will still hold the flowers OK

Richard said:

The anchor I received and the anchor in the short film that I thought I was ordering are different?

Graveside Flowers said:


The video is several years old and depicts an older version of the anchor. The photos on the product page (where you made the purchase) show our current, easier to use version of the anchor. We had too many complaints about the need for assembly, so we re-designed the anchor to make it simpler.

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