Autumnal Funeral Sheaf

Funeral Sheaf in Autumnal Colour Palette

Time: 21 minutes and 30 seconds | Season: All Year round

Approx wholesale cost: £15-30 depending on the type of flowers and size of design

In this video demonstration, our tutorial will demonstrate how to create a funeral sheaf using an autumnal colour palette. The name sheaf derives from a sheaf of corn. It is an informal design and can be either modern in its presentation or traditional depending on the plant materials selected. It is the perfect choice for a green burial providing decomposable products are used to create the bow or tying point such as raffia etc. 

The spray is a teardrop design, usually arranged in a medium such as floral foam, moss, agra wool etc. The sheaf is a tied bouquet.

When in profile, the focal blooms should be at the highest point. This is achieved by layering and spiralling the stems. Although this design appears simple, it is important to apply the basic construction rules to achieve a well balanced and proportionate design that will withstand handling and transportation.

QuantityPlant Materials / equipment
1 Scissors / Twine / Anchor Tape
1 hankRaffia
2 stems Soft Ruscus 70cm
7 stems Germini Pomponi Black Pearl
5 stems Lisianthus
10 stems Rose
5 stems Anigozanthos
5 stems Calla Lily
10 stemsClematis Kibo
1 stem Eucalyptus Cinerea

Thank you for watching this demonstration. I hope you have gained an insight into the mechanics and techniques involved in making a funeral sheaf. 

For any questions on the design, please do not hesitate to comment in the section below and share images in the community Facebook group. 


  1. Isabel McIntyre on 11/09/2023 at 3:22 pm

    The sheaf is really lovely and, as always, the colours are beautifully put together.
    I was asked to do a sheaf for a woodland funeral a couple of months ago but I did not use tape as I did not think it was biodegradable. I did use raffia for the bow.

    • Debbie on 13/09/2023 at 12:14 pm

      Hello Isabel, Thank you for your lovely comments. There are other tapes available that are biodegradable, such as self adhesive paper tape. This also has the advantage of being a rustic brown colour, so tones perfectly with a woodland mix. Hope this helps

      • Val Hilton Val on 24/09/2023 at 5:55 pm

        Absolutely Beautiful Debbie love the colours, if you was to make this but twice as long how would you do this please ?

        • Debbie on 28/09/2023 at 7:36 am

          Hello Val, making the sheaf twice as long would require substantial support such as a large branch or salix willow/corylus contorta to use as your base. Ideally select the longest stems available to use first, aiming to reach from the tying point to the end of the sheaf. This will give additional stability to the support base. Build the design in the same way creating tying points as you proceed. This is not ideal, because it will leave shorter stems unable to reach water if making it the day before and leaving in a bucket overnight. The ideal scenario s to have all the plant materials passing through the tying point giving a balanced and transportable design. Hope this helps.

  2. Angela king on 23/09/2023 at 10:59 pm

    I love this Debbie the flower colours and choice is gorgeous

  3. Karen Pickard on 20/01/2024 at 3:08 pm

    Beautiful, thank you for that demonstration

    • Laura Kenny on 21/01/2024 at 9:04 am

      Hello Karen, Thank you for your comments and watching the video. We are glad that you enjoyed this lesson. See you soon!

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