When I was learning to become a florist, I was taught to create flower sprays on massed funeral tributes by cutting an additional piece of floral foam, attaching it to the tribute and using this to create the spray.
In my subsequent floristry roles, I realised that this method generated lots of wasted floral foam and was also quite time consuming, as it was an additional task that needed to be completed to finish the tribute.
Consequently, I have developed a ‘hack’ of inserting the flowers for the spray directly into the tribute instead of using a block of floral foam for this. I think this greatly improves the overall look of the funeral tribute, as the shape and style of the spray looks more natural and delicate. This technique is undoubtedly more sustainable, as we are using less manufactured materials as a florist, but it’s also reduced costs of making these tributes.