DIY Memorial Projects

By: Matthew Funeral Home
Friday, October 15, 2021

There are many ways to honor the memory of a loved one. For those with a deft hand at crafts, there are a number of home projects that can help you memorialize your loved one’s life. This article will explore a few options for DIY memorialization projects.

Why Crafting Helps

Pouring your energy into a special project, especially one that involves your loved one, can be beneficial for the healing process. Keeping yourself occupied and working on something can help you stay focused. Learning a crafting skill that was important to your loved one, or creating a project based around them can help you feel closer to them. 

T-Shirt Quilts

T-Shirt quilts are a great way to repurpose some of your loved one’s favorite shirts. A simple quilt will use about 12-16 shirts, but a bigger or more complex project may involve more. Consider picking some of their favorite shirts, souvenirs from trips or events you went to together, or ones that remind you of some of your favorite memories of them. 

Garden Rocks

Large, flat garden stones can be a canvas for a DIY memorial project for your garden. Memorial garden rocks are an easy and fun project that is a good way to connect your children to their lost loved one. When painting a memorial stone, be sure to look for waterproof, outdoor paint. Some craft stores may offer cement stone garden stone kits that come with colorful tiles or pieces that can create a mosaic effect. 

Memorial Garden

If your loved one had a green thumb, keeping a memorial garden can be a good way to honor them. Consider planting some of their favorite flowers, or try to grow some of the same garden vegetables that they did. You can learn a lot about their interests, and keep the memory of their garden alive with your own hands. 

Create a Scrapbook

Scrapbooking is a great way to organize family photos and preserve family memories. There are plenty of scrapbook kits, but you can also make one from scratch with a binder and some construction paper. Scrapbooking allows you to get creative while organizing family photos. 

Memorial Windchime

Windchimes are great accent pieces for garden spaces or your porch. Windchimes can be made with a few materials you can easily find in your shed or at the hardware store. The sound of the chimes can be a simple reminder of your loved one. Many families that make a memorial chime will put the name of their loved one, or one of their favorite quotes across the sail of the chime. 

For almost 50 years, Matthew Funeral Home has been serving the Staten Island community. We can help with almost every aspect of your loved one’s memorial service. Our family is here to serve yours, every step of the way.
 

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