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Rays Florist Ltd.
151 Ash Hill Road, Ash, Aldershot, Hampshire. GU12 5DW

Freephone: 0800 037 2025
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Outside Uk: 44 1252 311966
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(Open until 6pm on Friday and 9:00 until 15:30 on Saturday)
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322 responses so far ↓

  • 1 katy // Mar 27, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Thankyou for your help! Xx

  • 2 admin // Mar 27, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Hi katy
    For a 10″ heart you would need 50-60 carnations to complete the tribute.

  • 3 katy // Mar 27, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Hi im trying a 10 inch heart with carnations, could you possible advise how many carnations I would need? Thanks xx

  • 4 admin // Mar 25, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Hi Ann,
    Oasis make two different guitar frames - an electric guitar and a classical one - can you let me know which one you’re using?

  • 5 ann hughes // Mar 25, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    hi could you roughly tell me how many double you would use for a guitar tribute thanks

  • 6 admin // Mar 20, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Hello Von,
    To enable us to give you an accurate idea of how much flower you need, can you confirm the size of your heart as they come in 12″;15″;18″ and 21″

  • 7 von // Mar 19, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I have a 2 square foot oasis heart, can you tell me how many chrysanths I would need to cover it please, and the same for carnations as I haven’t made my mind up which to use yet.
    Many thanks

  • 8 admin // Mar 17, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Are you using Avalanche roses solely on the Son or for the other frames also?
    Regarding your delivery enquiry, our express service is usually next working day although we don’t fully guarantee it as there may be factors out of our control.
    Feel free to call us with any queries on 01252 311966.

  • 9 Lynn // Mar 16, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I am making a funeral tribute with the letters son, could you advise me of how many avalanche roses I would need. Also I need the letters and stands for. Son brother and dad if I placed an order tomorrow could you guarantee delivery by Wednesday ?

  • 10 admin // Mar 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Jo,
    You’ll need around 50-60 stems of double white Chrysanthemums for the Gates of Heaven and around 25-30 stems for a 20cm sphere.

  • 11 admin // Mar 6, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Hi Krisina,
    You’ll need around 10-15 stems of good quality (70 or 80 gram) double white Chrysanths per letter. You can buy a Grandad frame that is already on a stand from our wholesale floristry supplies website. However, because of the size of a seven letter stand, we don’t send them out, so to spell a 7 letter word you can buy a 3 letter stand, a 4 letter stand and a connector set.

  • 12 Jo // Mar 6, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Hi, How many good double white chrysanths would you use for a gates of heaven funeral tribute ? And how many of the same flower to cover 20cm sphere ? Many thanks in advance

  • 13 krisina J // Mar 6, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Hi how many chrysanthemums do i need to make up grandad and also do you do 7 letletter stands?

  • 14 admin // Mar 5, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Hi kerry
    You would need approximately 5 bunches of good quality chrysanthemum to complete he whole 14″ tribute. It really depends on the size of the roses and carnations a to how much you may wish to reduce that amount by.

  • 15 Kerry // Mar 5, 2015 at 9:49 am

    U live your tutorials. I was wondering how many double chrysanths I would need for a 14″ posy pad with a rose and carnation centre.

  • 16 admin // Mar 3, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    If you’re intending to spray the leaves as part of an artificial arrangement to be kept for a lengthy period of time then we would recommend drying the leaves out fully before spraying.
    If your intention is to use them as part of a fresh flower display, then there’s no need to fully dry them before spraying.
    Hope this helps.

  • 17 Anita // Mar 3, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Hi I wanted to spray paint eucalyptus cinerea in gold. Do I dry the leaves before spraying?

  • 18 admin // Mar 2, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Hi Angie,
    Cut out a hexagon shape out of cardboard as you need the template to be sturdy so it keeps the hexagonal shape.

  • 19 Angie // Feb 28, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Hi there, I’m basing a 3d football with red and white colour. I have never used spray paint before. I wanted to try and spray small pentagon shapes in red on the ball. Have you got any tips on how this can be done? Many thanks

  • 20 admin // Feb 27, 2015 at 10:53 am

    hi Lee,
    You dont usually see the back of tributes so you only flower the front of the tribute. The back of the tribute has a permeable base to prevent water leakage and you would not be able to insert flowers through it. The tribute should just rest on the stand. the weight of the water and flower will keep it rested on the stand.

  • 21 Lee // Feb 26, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Hi im doing a opeb book in oasis foam on a stand . But do i flower front and back of foam if not what do i do with back as it will be seen when book is standing. Also how do i glue the foam stands provided to the book? Msny thank lee

  • 22 admin // Feb 12, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Yes, if its the Oasis rugby ball, you’ll need 25-30 stems of good quality double white Chrysanthemums.

  • 23 Kelly // Feb 12, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Hi I have been asked to do a 3d rugby ball can you tell me how many christhamyms please ?

  • 24 admin // Feb 11, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    If it’s a miniature rose, you’ll need hundreds……it’s a little difficult to advise you further without a variety name of the rose you intend to use.

  • 25 Danielle // Feb 11, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Hiya, thanks for reply, it’s just the standard miniature rose that they would like in the heart. Thanks

  • 26 admin // Feb 9, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    You’ll need around 30-40 stems.

  • 27 stacey // Feb 6, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Thank u for replying big help. Also how many stems would i need to cover a 3d football? not the base just the actual ball?

  • 28 admin // Feb 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    As a rough guide, we work on a formula of 20 stems per square foot. Therefore, you’ll need around 60 stems to fully cover it minus the space you’re going to use for the letters on the number plate.
    As you’re still learning I would suggest always buying more than you need.
    Good Luck!

  • 29 stacey // Feb 6, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Hi im looking for the amount of double chrysanthemum for a 3ft x 1ft designer board to create a car number plate. how many stems/ bunches would you recommend? The lettering must say King ollie king. this is my first tribute as a studying student. any help would be grateful. thank you.

  • 30 admin // Feb 4, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, those figures seem about right. For a flat tribute, we work on the formula of 20 stems per square foot if that helps you at all. Good luck and feel free to share your finished items on our Facebook page.

  • 31 karen // Feb 4, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    I have been asked to make several items. How many stems would I need to make a single note tribute, a 24″ by 12″ open book and the 9″by 9″ teacup. I thought 50 stems for the musical note, 40 stems for the teacup and 40-50 stems for the open book. Thank you for your help.

  • 32 admin // Feb 4, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Hello Danielle,
    It really depends on which variety and size of rose you are using. If you can let us know which rose you are using we can give a more accurate idea.

  • 33 Danielle // Feb 3, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Hiya, I’m just wondering if you can tell me roughly how many roses will be needed to fill a whole 15 inch oasis heart please? Thanks a lot

  • 34 admin // Jan 29, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Thats no problem. why not ‘like us’ on Facebook and up load photos of your tributes

  • 35 Vee // Jan 28, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Fantastic thank you!

  • 36 admin // Jan 28, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Hi Vee
    We would suggest 10 bunches of good quality double chrysanthemum for the Angel tribute and 12 bunches for the OUM tribute.

  • 37 admin // Jan 28, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Hi kele
    The amount of roses you require really depends on how tight or loose you want the tribute to be . We would suggest 60 to 100 roses for a 4ft coffin spray.

  • 38 admin // Jan 28, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Thats no problem, when not ‘like us’ on Facebook and upload a photo of your finished tribute?

  • 39 Vee // Jan 27, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Hi there how many double headed chrysanths should I need for a pre cut angel?
    Also for the OM symbol? Many thanks looking forward to your reply

  • 40 kele // Jan 27, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Hi how many roses would you use for a 4ft coffin spray? thanks

  • 41 Petra // Jan 27, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Thank you

  • 42 admin // Jan 27, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    No problem….good luck!

  • 43 Laura // Jan 27, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Great thank you :-)

  • 44 admin // Jan 27, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Hi Laura
    We would recommend 8 bunches of good quality chrysanthemum for an 18″cushion.

  • 45 admin // Jan 27, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Hi petra
    If you are intending on doing the tribute ourself, you would need to begin by soaking the oasis and then shave the edges of the oasis. next pleat your ribbon and the pin the ribbon to the tribute. you are then ready to add your flower. Have a look at you tube for ideas on how to do each of these stages.

  • 46 Laura // Jan 27, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Hi - please could you tell me how many double headed xanths would be needed for an 18″ foam cushion? Many thanks :-)

  • 47 Petra // Jan 26, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Hi I have just brought an anchor oasis and haven’t a clue where to start it’s for my grandfathers funeral. I really want it to look lovely for him. Thanks

  • 48 admin // Jan 23, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Thats no problem! Why not ‘like us’ on Facebook and up load photos of your tributes?

  • 49 mandy // Jan 22, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Thank you :) x

  • 50 admin // Jan 22, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Thanks Mandy, we would suggest 5-6 bunches of good quality chrysanthemums.

  • 51 mandy // Jan 21, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    hi, it’s a 19″ standing teddy, many thanks x

  • 52 admin // Jan 21, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Yes certainly, which size Teddy bear?
    19″ standing Teddy or 23″ sitting Teddy?

  • 53 mandy // Jan 21, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Hi please can you tell me how many chrysanth stems i need for a teddy bear for funeral.

  • 54 admin // Jan 19, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    That depends on many factors, here are just a few:
    How many roses you’re buying
    How many orders you have for both Friday & Saturday
    Where you’re buying them
    Are they being delivered or are you collecting them
    Could you expect a last minute price drop on Friday that you wouldn’t necessarily get on Tuesday.
    What is the weather going to be like
    etc. etc
    Personally we’ll be buying most days that week, but as I don’t know whether you’re be buying 1000 or 50, it’s slightly difficult to be more precise.

  • 55 admin // Jan 19, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    You’ll need 10-15 stems per letter, so around 100-150 stems for both tributes. You’ll use 10 stems if you both buy good quality double 5-7 days in advance and shave the edges of the letters. If you don’t do either of those things, you’ll use more stems and it will take you longer.

  • 56 Sarah // Jan 19, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Yes, That’s great. Thanks for your help.

  • 57 rita // Jan 19, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Hi its valentines on a Saturday this year when should I get roses in Tue or fri x

  • 58 sally // Jan 17, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    I am doing a based white xanths ‘Dad’ and ‘Grandad’. How many bunches would I need??

  • 59 admin // Jan 16, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Are you basing it in yellow double chrysanths then? If so, there aren’t many yellow varieties, your wholesaler will probably only be stocking it in one variety - ‘Sunny’ is probably the most stocked or common variety.

  • 60 Sarah // Jan 15, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks for this. Is there a particular yellow variety that I should ask for when basing the majority of the design? I will be spraying some of the crysant black.Thanks.

  • 61 admin // Jan 15, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Hello Sarah,
    Oasis don’t make an oval shape, but you can use a 2ft x 1ft designer sheet. To cover this designer sheet will take around 40 stems. The most common varieties of double white chrysathemums are Arctic queen, Zembla, Baltica or Euro. The ‘whitest’ of these is Zembla or Baltica.

  • 62 Sarah // Jan 15, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Hi, I am looking to do an oval shaped cushion for a funeral based in crysant. I can’t find an oval shape anywhere! Will I have to use a design sheet of foam? If so, what sizes are there available and how many crysant will I need?! I am doing a batman logo in it so spraying some of the yellow crysant black. Is there a particular crysant that Ill need too without a green centre? Thanks for your help!

  • 63 admin // Jan 7, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    You should cover any oasis backing with a mixture of flowers and other decorative materials. When making a bespoke and personal tribute like this, the detail is all important. Have a look at a few bespoke tributes we’ve created on http://www.raysflorist.co.uk

  • 64 admin // Jan 7, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    You’ll need around 40 stems to completely cover the designer sheet. As for the keys, both your suggestions should work fine.

  • 65 Carole // Jan 7, 2015 at 6:39 am

    I’m making a para wings for my dads funeral we went to nine elms this morning and got all the flowers but I’m not sure if I should block the backing of the badge we have a meter sq with the badge 3d on that which is about 2/4 covered the block , I did buy enough to block it but an also thinking about covering it with felt what do you think

  • 66 laura // Jan 6, 2015 at 1:47 pm


    Could you please tell me how many stems of double xanth I will need to cover a 24×12 inch oasis pad? I am making a piano tribute and also wondered if you have any ideas on what I could use to make the black keys and differentiate the white keys? I am thinking of using either black ribbon or wire and black felt.


  • 67 admin // Jan 6, 2015 at 10:18 am

    The oasis beer bottle takes around 40 stems.

  • 68 Ray-Anna // Jan 5, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    how many stems would it take to cover a beer bottle shaped oasis please in Xanths?

  • 69 admin // Jan 5, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    You’ll need around 30-45 stems for the pillow, depending on the grade and the size of the spray.
    For the heart, you’ll need approximately the same amount.
    If you need any floristry supplies in the future, please see our dedicated wholesale website: http://www.floristry-supplies.co.uk

  • 70 Jade // Jan 4, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Hi, I’m doing a mum lettering trubite 20inch pillow and a 18inch hart. I have done all the box pleating in advance. My local florist is very good and supply’s me when needed. Just wanted to know off hand how many chrysanthemums is needed for the blocking? Thanks :)

  • 71 admin // Dec 31, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Thanks for your enquiry.
    I think you’ve probably underestimated slightly, I would say 8-10 wraps of 5 stems. Currently, we’re selling double white basing Chrysanthemums for £4.99 per wrap. If you would like us to deliver next week, please call us on 01252 311966 by 2pm today or by 9am on Friday.

  • 72 Chancellor // Dec 30, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    We are wondering how many chrysanthemums we will need for a 3ft by 1ft spanner funeral tribute. We think we would need between 6-8 wraps. If this is correct how much would these flowers be? Thanks

  • 73 admin // Dec 17, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    How big is your bird?!

  • 74 Natalie Overton // Dec 16, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Hello, How many stems of double chrysanths do you think I need to cover a 3d oasis foam bird? I’ve tasked with making a robin! Any advice would be very welcome. Thank you x

  • 75 admin // Nov 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Maxine
    We would recommend 7 bunches of Arctic Queen for the Star tribute. We would however say that you would need to get the Arctic queen early enough to ensure it is open for when the tribute is needed.

  • 76 Maxine // Nov 17, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I was wondering if you could give me a rough idea of the amount of stems needed (Arctic Queen) for the oasis 5 point star.

    Many thanks in advance.

  • 77 admin // Nov 5, 2014 at 11:39 am

    We would recommend approximately 6-8 bunches of good quality chrysanthemums to complete the guitar fotofloral board.

  • 78 Paula // Nov 5, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Hi if I was to do a guitar fotofloral board how many doubles would I need thanks in advance

  • 79 admin // Nov 4, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    No Problem. Why not ‘like us’ on Facebook and upload photos of your completed tribute!

  • 80 Debbie Clifford // Nov 3, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Thank you so much for your help x

  • 81 admin // Nov 3, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Hi, and thanks for your enquiry,
    Depending on the size of the ten pin bowling pin, you can carve it out of a Jumbo 3 brick or if you want a really big one, a Jumbo 1 brick. We would also advise mounting it onto a designer sheet (using dowels & glue).

  • 82 Debbie Clifford // Nov 2, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Hi, your advise has been great but I hope you can help me with this question. I am doing a 3D Tenpin Bowling Pin for a funeral tribute, what would be the best shape oasis to carve it out of & what other mechanics would I need. Thanks in advance.

  • 83 admin // Nov 2, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Personally, we had two local suppliers for bespoke made wire frames - both now have now stopped making them.
    As I don’t know where in the country you are, you’re best bet is to make enquiries via your local flower market/wholesalers. They should know whether there is anyone in your area taking orders for such bespoke items.

  • 84 michelle P // Nov 1, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I want to make an artificial horse head wreath and I want a horse head wire frame rather than oasis - can you advise where I can get these from?

  • 85 admin // Oct 20, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Joanne
    You would need approximately 15-20 stems of good quality chrysanthemums for this size posy pad.

  • 86 Joanne // Oct 20, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Hi could you help me by letting me know roughly how many stems of double chrysanthemum I would need to fill a 10 inch posey pad pls

  • 87 admin // Sep 18, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Certainly….you’ll need approx 25-30 stems.

  • 88 Linda // Sep 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Ray
    Please can you tell me how many Double crythanthamum heads I would need for a 15″x 11″ pillow

  • 89 admin // Sep 11, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I presume you mean the Oasis letters for a funeral? There is no way to easily mount letters above other letters. Some things just aren’t possible I’m afraid.

  • 90 Paula Campbell // Sep 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Hi can you help me again … I have been asked to do
    Number 1
    With the my fixed above the number 1
    How would I do this ? I’m lost

  • 91 admin // Sep 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Lucy, for the butterflys wings (which is most of it), you’ll need around 40-50 stems.

  • 92 admin // Sep 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    The Oasis Fotofloral rose would take around 20-25 stems.

  • 93 admin // Sep 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    The Oasis Mini butterfly would take around 25-35 stems.

  • 94 lucy // Sep 5, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Hi, i’m making a butterfly tribute using the val spicer base. I’m going to use sisal for the body but how many bunches of chrysanthemum would I need for the butterfly’s wings?

  • 95 Paula Campbell // Sep 4, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Thank you so much for your help I have posted the finished plane and arsenal shield on your fb page. Can you help me with how many doubles I would use to cover a mini butterfly foam. ?
    Also not sure how familiar you are with the fotofloral boards but how many doubles I would need to base the head of the st George’s rose one. Many thanks in advance

  • 96 Paula Campbell // Sep 3, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Also not sure how familiar you are with the fotoflorals but have been asked to do the st George’s flag one with the oasis rose on… How many doubles would I need for the rose head. Thanks in advance

  • 97 Paula Campbell // Sep 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you once again for your help it came out wonderfully I will post on your page later today …
    Can I ask how many double would you recommend to cover the mini butterfly oasis, many thanks

  • 98 admin // Aug 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Hi Paula
    For your 3D plane we would recommend working out the square footage as it is personal choice as to how much of the tribute your are using flower on. You would need approximately 4 bunches of good quality chrysanthemum per square foot.
    Using this again for your shield, you would require approximately 16 bunches.

  • 99 Paula Campbell // Aug 25, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Also a 2ft x 2ft shield… Please many thanks

  • 100 admin // Aug 6, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Hi Lisa,
    If it’s the Oasis lorry which is 44cm x 88cm, you’ll need around 60 stems of good quality double chrysanthemums. We would love to see a picture of your finished work - you can post a picture on our Facebook page.

  • 101 Lisa // Aug 6, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Hi I’m doing an oasis lorry can you give me an idea how many chrysanthemums I will need thanks

  • 102 admin // Aug 5, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Do you mean how many roses are needed to go around the edge? In one row? It depends on the variety of rose, but you’ll probably need around 50 stems.

  • 103 Christine // Aug 5, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I am making 12inch cushion I would like help how roses for edge chrysantums please

  • 104 admin // Aug 4, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Please contact us with more details of your query.

  • 105 Christine // Aug 1, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Want chrysantums and roses

  • 106 admin // Aug 1, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Do you mean a 12″ cushion? If so, it really depends on the rose variety.

  • 107 Christine // Aug 1, 2014 at 7:51 am

    2 inch oasis floral cushion how many roses

  • 108 admin // Jul 31, 2014 at 10:15 am

    You’ll need approx. 4-5 bunches (20-25 stems) of good quality double chrysanthemums.

  • 109 Christine // Jul 30, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    How many chysathums for 12inch heart

  • 110 admin // Jul 29, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    You’ll need approx. 10 bunches (50 stems) of good quality double chrysanthemums.

  • 111 Christine Elcock // Jul 29, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I am making 21inch heart can you tell me how many chrysanthemums I will need please

  • 112 admin // Jul 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Rosie
    We would recommend 10 bunches of good quality chrysanthemum for a double solid heart.

  • 113 Rosie // Jul 20, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Hello I’m doing a double solid heart for my great aunts funeral I was just wondering how many steams of double chrysanthmums I will need ruffly? Thankyou

  • 114 admin // Jul 18, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Hi Christine,
    Unfortunately oasis do not make an 18″ open heart so we would really need to know the thickness of your heart to give an accurate estimate. For a 15″ open heart we would estimate 6 bunches of good quality chrysanthemums.

  • 115 christine // Jul 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Hi am making a 18″open heart tribute with chrysanthamum could you tell me how many I will need thank you

  • 116 admin // Jul 15, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Hi Shilpa
    We would suggest hot glueing any Oasis foam and then using kebab sticks to secure them in place if you are sticking items together. Why not have a look at the train we have made on 3 x 1 designer sheet (2 sections stuck together)

  • 117 admin // Jul 15, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Hi Sarah
    We would suggest for all of these items you would need approximately 250 stems of good quality double chrysanthemums.

  • 118 Shilpa // Jul 14, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Hi, I’ve got to make a steam train funeral tribute but just the front of it, so like the wheels, smokebox, chimney. So it’s a flat tribute. The problem I have is how to stick the components together. I did think of using a design sheet but I think it’s going to be too small so I’m thinking a few floral foam shapes somehow stuck together. Is this even possible?
    I did wonder about finding a large tray to keep the parts from falling apart.
    Please help! x

  • 119 sarah // Jul 13, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Hi i am doing a few fresh flower arrangements for my dads funeral and need some help on how many bunches of double crysanths i will need for each of the following —- gates of heaven , dad (in letters) , bible/book, 3d sitting bear (both sides) , and a cross 3ft , many thanks x sarah

  • 120 admin // Jul 10, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    We would suggest you would need approximately 15 stems of good quality chrysanthemum per letter. Its fine to make the tributes the day before. You can keep them fresh by keeping them in a cool place.

  • 121 purvi // Jul 10, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I have to do 3 different tributes for 4 letters each how many different chrysthanmum I will need. Also if I have got funeral on Monday can I do it on sunday afternoon. the letters I am doing is (mama,bhai,son) . how do I keep the tribute fresh.
    this is my 2nd project.

  • 122 admin // Jul 9, 2014 at 9:38 am

    No worries, for a wreath ring we would suggest approximately 40 stems. Why not’ like us’ on Facebook and upload photos of your tribute!

  • 123 Wendy johnson // Jul 8, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Hi. Sorry I was thinking of the 18inch oasis wreath ring. I didn’t make myself very clear. Apologies. Thankyou for your time. Wendy

  • 124 admin // Jul 8, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Hi Wendy
    If your base is what we would refer to as an 18″Posy Pad ie with a solid centre, we would suggest using a red rose that is short and wide such as ‘passion’. You would need approximately 80 stems of this rose.

  • 125 admin // Jul 8, 2014 at 11:04 am

    That s great, glad we could help!
    We always love to see tributes that bloggers have made and would be lovely if you could up load any photos to our FaceBook page to share with us and our other followers.

  • 126 Wendy johnson // Jul 8, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Hi. I am doing a 18inch oasis ring solid with red roses. Could you estimate how many I would need please. Thankyou.

  • 127 Phillis // Jul 7, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Thankyou so much for your help … It looked beautiful by the way xx

  • 128 admin // Jul 1, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Hi Paula,
    We would recommend using 12 bunches (60 stems) of good quality chrysanthemums to complete a 23″ solid heart tribute .

  • 129 Paula // Jul 1, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Hi i am doing a 23″ inch solid heart, how many stems of double chrysanths would you say I needed? Thanks

  • 130 admin // Jun 30, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Sandra
    We would advise purchasing your flower a week before to enable it to drink up before going on the tribute. You will need to soak the oasis first. We would suggest using approximately 15 stems per letter of good quality chrysanthemums.

  • 131 admin // Jun 30, 2014 at 11:58 am

    No problem!
    Why not ‘like us’ on Facebook and upload some of the photos of your tribute!

  • 132 Sandra // Jun 29, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Hiya Ray, I hope that you are well!
    I’m making a tribute name for the first time, please could you offer me some expert advice.
    I’ve got letters that are in a try, and I am making boxed pleats, how many Chrysanthanans should I buy per letter, how many days before the funeral should I purchase them, do I need to soak the oasis In water before I begin?
    Looking forward to your reply Sandra

  • 133 Phillis // Jun 28, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Many thanks for your advice much appreciated xxx

  • 134 admin // Jun 28, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Hi Rita,
    We normally work on a formula of 20 stems of Double Chrysanthemums per square foot, therefore approx 160 stems of good quality flowers should do the trick. We would love to see a picture of your finished work - you can post a picture on our Facebook page.

  • 135 rita // Jun 27, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Hi me again how many crysanths would I need for a 24by48 design board as you only do horses head and customer wants full horse thanks and thanks for video on last comment

  • 136 admin // Jun 27, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Hello Paula
    We would suggest preparing the oasis as normal by wetting and then ribbon but we would spray the chrysanthemum before your place them in to the tribute. You may need to touch up the chrysanthemum depending on amount of opening so you will need to cover the ribbon to protect it then.

  • 137 admin // Jun 27, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Hello Phillis
    We would recommend for a 5ft coffin spray around 20 stems of open oriental lily and 50 stems of avalanche roses. It will depend how much foliage you are using and how loose or tight you want your tribute to look. Why not have a look at some of our Casket sprays for some ideas.

  • 138 admin // Jun 27, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Hi Dani,
    You would attach the sphere to the base using dowels and glue. You could use a posy pad or cushion for the base. See this link to our website to see one of our designs on a Cushion.

  • 139 Paula // Jun 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Hi I am making a massed brother tribute for a friend. She would like white ribbon edging and the chrysanths sprayed blue. What is the best way to spray the chrysanths? Should I attach the ribbon edging, wet the oasis, insert the chrysanths, try to cover all the ribbon and spray them while on the base? Just wondering if there might be an easier way to do this. Many thanks for your help.

  • 140 Phillis // Jun 26, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Hi I wonder if you can help I’m doing a 5 ft coffin spray in avalanche roses and oriental lily could you tell me how many stems of roses and lily I would need I’m obviously using foliage as want it to look loose and trailing
    Many thanks

  • 141 Dani // Jun 26, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Hello, how would you attach a sphere (20cm ball) to be used as a football funeral tribute to a base and what base should be used for this? Thanks.

  • 142 admin // Jun 26, 2014 at 10:12 am

    No problem! don’t hesitate to message in the future if we can be of assistance.

  • 143 Claire bodocs // Jun 25, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Will do and thank you ever so much

  • 144 admin // Jun 25, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Hi Claire
    We would recommend approximately 20 stems of good quality chrysanthemum to cover a 9″ solid heart tribute.
    Why not ‘like us’ on Facebook and upload a photo of your tribute!

  • 145 Claire bodocs // Jun 25, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Hi, this is a great website. Wonder if you could help me, I’m doing a 24×25cm (9×9.5″) solid heart for a family members funeral. Can you give me an idea how many chrysanthemums I will need to cover it. Thank you so much :D

  • 146 admin // Jun 24, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    You’ll need to spiral the flower stems at one binding point. This video is a pretty good example on how to achieve this.

  • 147 rita // Jun 24, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    When I make a bouquet I have a job to hold them and then flowers come out to tight together

  • 148 admin // Jun 19, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Hi Gill
    You would need to cut your shape from a posy pad or designer sheet depending on your desired size tribute. We would recommend using leather leaf greenery to cover the tribute. Don t hesitate to come back to us if we can help any further

  • 149 Jill // Jun 19, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I need to make a “Canabis Leaf” shaped wreath with greenery rather than flowers. Any idea how to even start making this?

  • 150 admin // Jun 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Keren
    We would recommend 10 bunches of good quality like ‘arctic queen’ chrysanthemum for the football shirt tribute

  • 151 keren // Jun 1, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Hi. Can you tell me how many wraps of double is needed for a football shirt please.

  • 152 admin // May 29, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    No problem!

  • 153 Donna // May 29, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you sweet x

  • 154 admin // May 29, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Hello Donna,
    We would suggest using 16-18 bunches of good quality chrysanthemums to complete a 2ft x 2ft designer sheet.

  • 155 Donna // May 28, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Hi was just wondering how many double xanths i need for a 2ft x 2ft designer sheet? thanks in advance x

  • 156 admin // May 27, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Hello Jean
    We would recommend 8-10 bunches of good quality chrysanthemums to complete a 21″ heart tribute

  • 157 Jean Simpson // May 26, 2014 at 2:44 pm


    How many chrysanthemums do I require I am making a 21 inch heart.

    Kind regards,


  • 158 admin // May 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    You could use a round posy pad which would give you the shape you need and base it in double yellow chrysanthemums. Something similar to the Smiley face tribute we’ve made.

  • 159 rita // May 21, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Hello can u advice me I have to do a Sun what could I use for the outer Sun x

  • 160 admin // May 15, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Hello Rachel,
    We would recommend approximately 10-15 Stems of good quality chrysanthemums per letter on your tribute.
    Please can you advise us of the size of the sailing boat and whether it is a 3D shape so we can give you an accurate idea of how many stems you would require.

  • 161 Rachel dampier // May 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Hi there,

    I’m hoping you can help.
    I’m doing a five letter funeral tribute plus the sailing boat (oasis) floral foam tribute.

    How much in total should I buy of chrysanthemum stems?

    Thank you!

  • 162 admin // May 13, 2014 at 10:09 am

    you would spray the chrysanthemums on the heart if you are only using one colour. You can put roses in the break but if you are using all red flowers they will not be very defined. We usually use white flower on the heart with red roses in the break for a more dramatic effect.

  • 163 rita // May 13, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Hi again I have a broken heart to do customer want red so I will spray the crysanths to I spray them singlet or when they r on heart and becouse the heart is broken do you put the crysanths in to the line where it’s broken or just put roses through it

  • 164 admin // May 9, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    If you have something pre-made as a base then use that, otherwise you can use either a netted garland or a caged florette.

  • 165 Trudy // May 9, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you for coming back to me, would you recommend using an pre-made metal graden arch for the structure and support and any oasis or just wire to the arch?

  • 166 admin // May 9, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks for your message. Most churches will have had an archway above the entrance at some point in the past, therefore there should be something already there for you to affix your arrangement to. Depending on how heavy your arrangement is, you can use twine or even paper covered wire. Be aware though that all churchs are particularly jittery when it comes to making new holes or adding hooks etc so make sure you ask permission! Good luck.

  • 167 Trudy // May 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Just wanted to say what a fantastic page, i follow you on Facebook and can seem to find an option to send a email to you,
    I was looking for some advice on securing a floral wedding arch to a church entrance (obviously stone)
    I have agreed to do this for my sisters wedding, whilst i love doing wedding flowers i have agreed to do this without thinking it through!!!
    Any tricks you could share would be much appreciated please, happy for you to email me x
    P.S i absolutely love the fire engine….incredible :-)

  • 168 admin // Apr 30, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Yes you would cut the edges on the Oasis for a name frame

  • 169 rita // Apr 30, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Hello again when doing a named frame do you cut the edges on the names thank you

  • 170 admin // Apr 28, 2014 at 11:36 am

    For best results you need to soak the oasis tribute in the bath. Once the oasis is soaked you can then ribbon your tribute. If you need any advice, see our blog tutorials section on how to ribbon your tribute.

  • 171 Sara // Apr 26, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Hi I’ve bought nan oasis to do the floral tribute myself do I need to soak the letters? Also do I do ribbon before soaking or after?

  • 172 admin // Apr 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Hi, yes we do sell Oasis Le Bumps, you can find them on the Oasis shapes page.

  • 173 rita // Apr 17, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Thank you for your help another question do I have to us the new naylor le bump for the posy in the letters can I say you are brilliant I will no doubt be back again xxx

  • 174 admin // Apr 17, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Yes, you pin the ribbon in before soaking the Oasis. You may get some overlap with the ribbon on certain letters which is unavoidable.

  • 175 rita // Apr 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    How do I ribbon a mum as it looks so small to get ribbon in between letters and I am using naylorbase will ribbon stay in foam do I pin ribbon in dry thank you

  • 176 admin // Apr 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Reply sent direct to your email as requested.

  • 177 stacey // Apr 13, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Hi im wanting to do a Nan and mayb mum floral tribute myself and i just have a few questions…

    - if letters are not quite stable on frame what do i use?
    - did you soak the letters in water ( using fresh flowers) as i know u do with normal oasis

    - did u do the flower displays in corners first if so did u need secure with anything?

    - thinging of getting supermarket carnations? How many packs do you think id need per letter??

    - also how thick is the ribbon used round edges and how much would you use? What kind of ribbon is it?? ( for ribbon pleating)

    Please let me know via email.that would be great

  • 178 admin // Apr 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    For a 4 foot coffin top we would recommend using 20-30 older open lilies. Why not ‘like us’ on Facebook and upload some of your designs?

  • 179 admin // Apr 3, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Hello again,
    If you use carnations you would need 60-70 stems of older, fully opened carnation on each side of the heart.

  • 180 admin // Apr 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Kelly
    You would need approx 40 stems of good quality chrysanthemums for a double heart tribute.

  • 181 Kelly // Apr 2, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Hi again how many oriental Lilly’s can I use for a coffin top around 4 foot

  • 182 Kelly // Apr 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Hi again how many carnations will a double hart have to have on each side please , Kelly

  • 183 Kelly // Apr 2, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Hi I’m making a double hart how many double christhamyms should I use please ?

  • 184 admin // Apr 1, 2014 at 11:28 am

    For a 21″ pillow you would need between 40-50 stems of good quality double chrysanthemums.

  • 185 Anonymous // Apr 1, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Hi how many bunches of double ended would I need to make a bed size pillow

  • 186 admin // Mar 20, 2014 at 11:11 am

    We do have an Oasis angel which is slightly bigger than you require; http://www.raysflorist.co.uk/floristry_supplies/Angel_Oasis_Floral_Foam_Frame_Shape.aspx
    But it may help you with the shape required. It would be best to use a designer board for your design. You can cut the shape out and fill with flower for a 3D shape or just mark the shape of the angel on the oasis if you with it to be 2D with flowers surrounding it.http://www.raysflorist.co.uk/floristry_supplies/Designer_Sheet_Oasis_Floral_Foam_Frame.aspx

  • 187 Carol M // Mar 19, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Hello, I’d like to ask how I would make an angel with a body length of 12″ and a wing-span of 12″. Would I cut the shape of an angel out of the foam design-board and cover the front of it with flowers, and then place it back into the design foam with glue?

  • 188 admin // Mar 3, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Hi , thanks for coming to us for advice. Please see out tutorials section which gives you video step by step instructions on how to ribbon tributes. Either click on ‘tutorials’ at the top of the page or follow this link; http://www.rays.floristblog.co.uk/?page_id=7/

  • 189 purvi // Feb 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm


    I am doing oasis flower tribute first time. each letter is 13cm how do I start with and how do I do side ribbons
    thank you for all your help in advance

  • 190 admin // Feb 24, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Hi Caroline,
    you would need approximately 50-60 good quality stems of chrysanthemums to complete an open book tribute.

  • 191 Caroline // Feb 22, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I want to do a open book could you tell me how many chrysanth doubles I will need please?

  • 192 admin // Feb 18, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Hi Lisa
    You would need approx 50-60 good quality stems of chrysanthemums to complete a 2ft cushion tribute. Why not ‘like us’ on facebook and upload photos of your tributes?

  • 193 Lisa // Feb 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I am making a 2 foot pillow how many wraps of basing chrystanemums will I need

  • 194 admin // Feb 17, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    We would recommend approx 12-15 stems of good quality chrysanthemums per letter. we do stock 2,3,4 and 5 letter tribute stands. We also sell connector sets for the stands so you can make them as larger as required.

  • 195 Nic // Feb 16, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Also i need to do a five letter funeral tribute can u buy stands for 5 letters?

  • 196 Nic // Feb 16, 2014 at 3:25 pm


    I have been asked to do a mum funeral tribute please can u let me know how many double xanths i will need per letter. Ie. the ones i normally get have 5 stems per bunch of flowers. Thanks

  • 197 admin // Feb 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    You could use ‘join its’ to attach an Oasis paice or a ‘Le bump’ for your spray. This would hold the spray securely.

  • 198 danielle // Feb 7, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Thats great thank you, im also doing the extra little spray that sits ontop of the cushion and wreath, am i best holding that in place with florist tape? Thanks

  • 199 admin // Feb 7, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Hi Danielle
    You should be able to complete both the cushion and the wreath with 40 stems of good quality chrysanthemums.

  • 200 danielle // Feb 7, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Hiya, i have been asked to make a 15′ cushion for a funeral, how many white chrysanthemums will i need roughly? And also ive been asked to make a 14′ wreath, how many white Chrysanthemums will i need roughly for that? Thanks

  • 201 admin // Jan 24, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Hi Emma
    You will need approx 6 bunches, thats 30 stems of good quality double chrysanths to complete a 17″ cushion tribute. Why not ‘like us’ on FaceBook and upload photos of your tributes!

  • 202 Emma Peachey // Jan 24, 2014 at 12:11 am

    This blog is amazing. Can you please tell me approx how many stems of double white chrysanthemums I will need for a 17″ cushion with a top spray of red roses . Thanks ever so much

  • 203 admin // Jan 15, 2014 at 10:55 am

    No problem! We are always happy to share our experience and advice where possible and do like to see photos of our customers designs and tributes uploaded on our facebook page. We are glad to have been able to help!

  • 204 Sue // Jan 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Great, thank you for your advice x

  • 205 admin // Jan 14, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    That sounds fine. If you ‘like us’ on facebook you can always upload any photos to show us our tribute.

  • 206 alison // Jan 14, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Hi me again im going to be using Naomi rose for the 18 inch heart so i thought about 130 would do it ?

  • 207 admin // Jan 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Alison
    depending on the size of your rose, we would say about 100-150 stems to fill a 18″ solid heart. For a double decker bus we would suggest approx 20 Stems of good quality double chrysanthemums per square foot.

  • 208 admin // Jan 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Hi Sue,
    We do not use artificial so can really advise on them. We do tend to wire all tulips in our wedding work to avoid them drooping.

  • 209 admin // Jan 13, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Vicki
    We would suggest approx 20 Stems of good quality double chrysanthemums per square foot. You would not need to use a wooden board but we would warn not to over soak the Oasis. We would recommend securing the van to the designer sheet with kebab sticks and using a hot glue gun. If you’ like us’ on Facebook you can upload any photos of your tribute as we would love to see the finished item.

  • 210 alison // Jan 13, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Hi i am doing an 18inch solid heart in red roses can you tell me how many stems i will need please and im also doing a 24 x 12 double decker bus how many doubles would i need ? look forward to hearing from you
    Thank you

  • 211 Sue // Jan 11, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Hi, do you ever use fresh tulips for a wedding bouquet? I’ve read that they open up very quickly. If using fresh would you wire them? Or would you suggest using artificial? Many thanks for your help.

  • 212 Vicky // Jan 11, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Hi I am making a 3d transit van from a jumbo block 54×32x23 cm can u tell me how many chrysanthums I might need I an putting it on a designer board do u think I should fix it to wooden board as well thank u I’ve not done something like this before

  • 213 admin // Jan 10, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Hi Bex,
    If you ‘like Us’ on our facebook page you will be able to upload photos for all to see.

  • 214 bexs // Jan 9, 2014 at 11:43 am

    thank you so much what a grate site is there anyway i can send you pics of what i have done for your opinion xx

  • 215 admin // Jan 9, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Hello Kelly,
    To fill the Oasis aeroplane you would need 10 bunches of 5, double chrysanths to complete the tribute.

  • 216 admin // Jan 9, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Hi Bexs,
    You would probably need between 26-30 bunches of 5, good quality double chrysaths. If your buying today, they would be fine in an unheated bathroom until Monday.

  • 217 Kelly // Jan 9, 2014 at 8:14 am

    How many double whites will I need to do a aeroplane

  • 218 bexs // Jan 8, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    hi this is a long list i have a 18 inch pillow 16 inch cushion 17 in heart and a 8 inch heart to do how many double chrysanths bunches should i buy am getting them tomorrow as funeral is wed morning and would the be ok in a bathroom with no heating till i do the wreaths on monday
    many thanks bexs xx

  • 219 admin // Jan 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Alice
    We would recommend using a ‘Le Bump’ which screws into the Oasis or a ‘join it’ spring which may be better for your purpose, as it screws into the letter and into a piece of Oasis for the spray.

  • 220 alice // Jan 1, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    hello i am a qualified florist but i have been finding lately that the spray on a funeral name have been coming loose, i normally glue gun the small bit of oasis on but the last one i did fell off so had to pin it alot.

  • 221 admin // Dec 19, 2013 at 11:13 am

    We would suggest you would need 50-60 stems of Euro as it is slightly smaller. 9 bunches would be fine if they are Baltic or Arctic queen as they are a bit bigger.

  • 222 Kelly // Dec 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Hi. I’m due to make a 3ft cross funeral tribute. Will 9 bunches of chrysanthemum euro be enough? Thank you

  • 223 admin // Dec 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I would work on an average of 50 stems per letter. Make sure you buy your carnations a week or so before you make it, so they are at their fullest.

  • 224 Candice // Dec 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Hi, i’m hoping to make a Nana oasis from large carnations. Could you advise as to how many stems i will need? Measurements of Oasis floral foam Nana frame are: 28 x 110cm(11 x 43in). Thanks.

  • 225 admin // Nov 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Hello Samantha
    The easiest flower to use for your tribute would be double chrysanths. We do stock these flowers so please either call us at the shop 01252 311966 or pop in and see us again today and we can help you with some ideas.

  • 226 Samantha // Nov 27, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Hello I brought my nan oasis from u yesterday and I’m wondering what flowers to put in it

  • 227 admin // Nov 18, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Rachel,
    We would suggest around 40-50 stems of good quality double Chrysanths for an Oasis straight pint glass. We now sell double Chrysanths on our website.

  • 228 Rachel // Nov 18, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Hi Ive a oasis beer bottle to do, how many bunches will I need, many thanks

  • 229 Emma // Oct 6, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Hi, I would like to make the floral tributes for my nephews funeral, i have done them before but been out of the professon for sometime now. I was thinking of doing the flat teddy which is 58 x46 cm and a dummy which is 48×37 cm just wondering if you could tell me how many double spray chrysanthemum stems i would need? Thank you.

  • 230 admin // Oct 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    No Problem! Contact us any time or feel free to like us on Facebook and share your images of your funeral flowers with us.

  • 231 Paula // Oct 3, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Once again thank you great help ☺️

  • 232 admin // Oct 3, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Hi Paula,
    We would suggest around 40-50 stems for a football shirt.

  • 233 Paula // Oct 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you so much also a football shirt based in chysanthmum how many would I need

  • 234 admin // Oct 2, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Hello Paula,
    You’ll need around 30-40 stems of good quality double chrysanthemums

  • 235 Paula // Oct 1, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Hi me again… I when been asked to do an angel the size of the one that you sell floral foam
    Base. Can you tell me how many double chrysanthmums I would need for this I think I will using feathers or sprayed foliage for the wings xx thanks in advance

  • 236 admin // Sep 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    A stem is a single stalk of a flower that either has a single flower head or multiple flower heads. A good example would be carnations - available as a stem either with a single bloom or as a spray of multiple heads.

  • 237 Anum // Sep 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Hi there,
    What does stem actually mean an individual flower or a bunch?
    Very look forward to hearing you from

  • 238 admin // Sep 16, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Yes - do it in sections. Put the flowers in the Oasis (I presume you’re using double chrysanthemums?). Spray those flowers in one colour. Once you get to your 2nd colour use a piece of cardboard or cellophane to shield the previously sprayed colour & repeat for the 3rd colour.

  • 239 Bridget clark // Sep 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Hi, what’s the best way to spray the flowers when you have two or three colours to do.?
    Do you cover them and if so with what?

  • 240 admin // Aug 28, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Hello Jean,
    We would recommend approx. 20-30 stems for an 18″ cross.

  • 241 Jean Simpson // Aug 24, 2013 at 10:29 am


    How many stems of double chrysanthemums for an 18 inch cross.

    Kind regards,

  • 242 admin // Jun 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    We do offer wholesale prices for flowers, however these can only be either collected from our premises (GU12 5DW) or delivered within our local area - we cover most of the GU postcode area.
    Please feel free to call us on 01252 311966 if we can help.

  • 243 carly-ann // Jun 19, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Thankyou very much for your help ;-)…do u sell and deliver the flowers at all please? and if so how much would 9 bunches be please, thankyou in advance,
    kind regards,

  • 244 admin // Jun 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Hi, for bespoke tributes, we normally work on a calculation of 4 bunches (20 stems) per square foot. Good luck.

  • 245 carly-ann // Jun 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    hi, i have made tributes before, a teddy,cross and a flag but just for personal funerals..i have been asked by some1 to make her a perfume (poison by dior) bottle..I intend on using the val spice teapot frame and shaping it slightly…but can you please advise me on how many chrysthathemums i would need as i have tried looking and enlarging a photo of the tea pot tribute and end up at around 200…might keep counting the same ones over and over lol but it is 2ft x 2 ft any advice on type and quantity would be ever so grately appreciated,
    await ur reply,
    kind regards,

  • 246 admin // Apr 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    7] I would say yes to a certain extent…..as far as the recession affects any non-essential purchase.
    8] Our business will NEVER turn away a customer who wants to buy wholesale flowers so they can make their own wedding flowers (although we know plenty of florists who would)
    9] No - they may use social channels such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter etc. to educate themselves on the basics of flower arranging. As we also host classes at Rays Florist, I don’t think we’ve ever had a would be bride ‘practising’ for her upcoming wedding.
    10] Any activity that enhances the profile of floristry should be encouraged!
    11] As with any aspect of the floristry business, flower shops as a whole need to be more professional, better trained, more tech savvy and aware of the media as a whole. Any flower shops that ‘just sell flowers’ (and I mean that in the way that supermarkets do) are doomed to fail……our business in particular has radically changed since I took over 13 years ago - it’s a forever changing industry along with ever changing business trends.
    Good luck with your dissertation, I hope I’ve helped in some way.

  • 247 admin // Apr 9, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    FAO Lucy,
    Let me firstly say that the answers I give will be a shortened version of what I may like (or have time) to say. If you would like a broad, detailed and elaborate set of answers, please let me know. The answers I give will be pertinent to our business (Retail floristry & retail floristry supplies)
    1] I would say that the ease of accessing information regarding DIY floristry is a continuation of a small percentage of ‘on the ball’ e-commerce traders (i.e businesses such as ours) recognising a trend and then marketing it, rather than the other way round.
    2] I don’t see any ‘media hype’ concerning DIY weddings as a threat - rather the reverse in fact.
    3] Not particularly, no - I say that because if any businesses start trading during or after a ‘fad’ has hit, it leaves them in a weak position for the future.
    4] I would say that in 95% of cases, it would be cost…..really - what bride wants to be making her own wedding bouquet on the morning of her own wedding? Leave it to the professionals - it’s what we do for a living.
    5] Yes, in general, I would agree that enthusiastic amateurs would share their experiences more readily with friends and family if they were creating their own wedding flowers.
    6] Difficult to say - perhaps a poll of brides who have created their own flowers may have more pertinence. Obviously, we may have little or no direct contact with a bride who chooses a DIY wedding. Are they pleased with the result? Were they frustrated? Was it harder than they imagined? Would they, on reflection, have chosen a professional florist to take the stress out of those hours leading up to the big day? What ‘put them off’ going to a florist in the first place?
    7] to 11] To Follow!

  • 248 admin // Apr 8, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks Lucy……will complete your questions in the next couple of days if that’s Ok?

  • 249 Lucy Proctor // Apr 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Hello, my name is Lucy Proctor and I am student at Writtle College in Chelmsford, Essex. I am currently working towards my disseration; a requirement to completing my BA (Hons) in Professional Floristry.

    The dissertation is a research project, my chosen area of research is D.I.Y Wedding Flowers and the effect on the high street florists and the professionalism of the trade.

    With this in mind, in order to gain the relevant information, I would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to answer some of my questions and display your own views and contribute to my research.

    1. Do you feel that the media, especially the internet is the main source influencing people’s knowledge and awareness of DIY floristry and helping to create a trend?

    2. Do you think that the promotion of DIY weddings is a tangible threat or just media hype?

    3. Do you feel that the trend of DIY, whichever the skill (baking, wedding, interiors) has a knock-on, immediate effect to the relevant industries, and if so how?

    4. Why do you think brides-to-be would turn their hand to making their own flowers for their wedding day, as opposed to asking a professional florist?

    5. In your own judgement, in general are DIY brides a help, boosting awareness of the industry and floristry skills?

    6. Or do they contribute to a decline in wedding sales in a high street florist; perhaps ultimately reducing the professionalism of the trade altogether by taking wedding work away from practiced florists?

    7. Is it viable to suggest that the recession and saving money go hand-in-hand with the interest of DIY wedding floristry?

    8. Would supplying a DIY bride with flowers, in order to make her own wedding flowers be an option you would consider? Or possibly, contribute to part of the wedding, knowing she was making the remaining elements?

    9. Do you think that floristry schools and classes, specific to weddings, are used by brides to actually learn the skills to make their own flowers, or just as a hobby or a bonding/fun exercise?

    10. Do you think this type of activity would enhance the business or be detrimental to its success?

    11. In the future, how do you think florists will contend against DIY floristry or how can they sustain their grasp on the wedding flower business?

  • 250 Gemma // Apr 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Wow thanks admin! You are super fast! Xx Gemma

  • 251 admin // Apr 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Approx. 30-50 stems should do it. Good luck!

  • 252 Gemma // Apr 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Hi I’m making a 3 ft spray tray, cigarette tribute. How many double x anths would I need ? Thanks

  • 253 admin // Apr 2, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    We normally work on around 20 stems per square foot.

  • 254 Sarah // Mar 30, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Hi sorry it’s a Val spicer 3d sitting teddy aprox 2ft tall?! Sorry x

  • 255 admin // Mar 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    You’ll need to give me a rough size estimate first!

  • 256 Sarah // Mar 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Hi I’m planning on making a 3D teddy bear funeral arrangement, please could you advise me how many stems of chrysanths I would need please? Thanks in advance!!

  • 257 Sue // Mar 22, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you so much for your advice, much appreciated. I am planning to put vegetables on the spade part, it is for my Grandad who was a keen veg grower. Thanks again.

  • 258 admin // Mar 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Always spray the flowers after they are in place and always do the coloured parts first.
    Spraying the flowers ‘in situ’ will give a much more even spread and doing the coloured parts first will mean you don’t spray over parts you don’t want sprayed!
    We did a spade recently - you can see it on our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=503111586406780&set=pb.438903629494243.-2207520000.1363950577&type=3&theater

  • 259 Sue // Mar 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Hi, I am making a spadefuneral tribute and I am going to colour the spade part silver with oasis spray paint. Would you colour the flowers first, or spray the piece once the flowers are in place? Thank you!

  • 260 Bonnie // Mar 20, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Thank ya

  • 261 admin // Mar 20, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Hi Bonnie,
    50 - 70 stems of good quality chrysanths should do it.

  • 262 Bonnie // Mar 20, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I need to make an acoustic guitar 36 x 12 inch, how many double chrysanths would it take to fill?
    Thanks :)

  • 263 admin // Mar 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    No problem at all….good luck!

  • 264 Stacey warner // Mar 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Many thanks for ur help its much appreciated

  • 265 admin // Mar 14, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Hi Stacey,
    You’ll need around 60-80 stems of good quality double chrysanthemums.

  • 266 Stacey warner // Mar 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Hi there, I’m doing a 5 ft massed cross for my granddads funeral. How many stems of chrysanthums do I need. Many thanks

  • 267 admin // Mar 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Yes, that’s sound about right.

  • 268 Jane Slavin // Mar 7, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Hi I’m looking to make a 18″pillow with either Artic Queen or Anastacia Chrysanths. Could you adive me how many stems I would require - I was thinking possible 35?
    Many thanks…

  • 269 admin // Mar 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Hi Sharon,
    Around 30-40 stems of good grade double will be sufficient.

  • 270 sharon // Mar 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Hi I am looking at doing a pillow possibly a 21″, how many stems of chrysanths would you suggest using.

    Many thanks sharon

  • 271 admin // Feb 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Ellie,
    Yes, 30-40 stems should be fine, providing it’s a good, heavy grade of double chrysanth.

  • 272 Ellie // Feb 25, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Hi I have been asked to make an angel for a funeral tribute, roughly how many stems of double crysanths should I order, I was thinking around the 30 mark.



  • 273 admin // Feb 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Paula,
    We can get an Oasis Bioline football frame for you if you contact us on 01252 311966.
    You’ll need approximately 30 stems of double chrysanths.

  • 274 admin // Feb 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Karen,
    Your local florist should be happy to help you. Failing that, there should be a wholesale flower market near you.

  • 275 Paula // Feb 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Hi you have been such great help with your advice in the past I hope you can help again….
    I have been asked to make a 3d football like item (FNR1015) can you tell me how many seems of chrysanth I will need please and also do you sell the foam in that shape ? Thank you Paula

  • 276 Karen lewis // Feb 20, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Hi where can I buy crysant s for funeral arrangement please

  • 277 admin // Feb 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Professionally, we attach the two parts together with the inserts provided within the Grandad pack and then tape them securely into place using pot tape. Good luck!

  • 278 Louise // Feb 6, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Please help!
    I have a GRANDAD frame but struggling to attach the GRAN and DAD together securely… Do I glue the little sticks in or just rest it?!

  • 279 admin // Feb 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    You need to tell us what size cushion or pillow you require so that we can advise on how many you need. You’ll need to buy your double white chrysanthemums now if you want to use them on Tuesday. As it’s very close to Valentines Day, prices are inflated - you may pay close to £5 per bunch of stems for a good grade currently.

  • 280 Emma // Feb 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Also funeral is 12/02/13 whats the earliest i can buy them please also roughly how much thank u

  • 281 Emma // Feb 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Hi im making a pillow or a cushion not to sure yet how many stems of white chrysanths would i need thank u.

  • 282 admin // Jan 29, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Providing you buy your double chrysanthemums early enough (up to 7 days before you need to use them) and a good, heavy grade (Arctic Queen or Zembla are best) you will need approx 10-15 stems per letter. Guide price is around £3.50 - £4 per bunch of 5 stems.

  • 283 sophie // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    This is an amazing blog.
    Doing ‘Grandad’ for funeral, (my first tribute) how many bunchs of Chrysanths would i need?(buying wholesale) and rought cost of the flowers?


  • 284 admin // Jan 29, 2013 at 11:44 am

    No problem at all.

  • 285 claire // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you for your reply.

  • 286 admin // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    No problem!
    If you’re on Facebook you can share the image of the finished heart with us and our followers (the link is on the right handside of this page under ‘Blogroll’).

  • 287 Sharon // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Thank you ever so much!

  • 288 admin // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    A combination of wires, dowels and tape should do the trick.

  • 289 admin // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Providing you buy your double chrysanthemums early enough (up to 7 days before you need to use them) and a good, heavy grade (Arctic Queen or Zembla are best) you will need approx 10-15 stems per letter. You can make the tribute the day before the funeral, but preparation (ribboning etc.) can be done in advance.

  • 290 Sharon // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Thank you for your helpful comment. How do you hook and secure a 24 inch solid oasis heart to a metal or wooden easel?

  • 291 claire // Jan 28, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Hi , doin my first dad funeral lettering.
    how many stems will I need too use and when to buy and start making.
    thanks in advance.

  • 292 admin // Jan 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I would imagine that you would use 150-200 stems if you’re using solely roses. Obviously, if you’re breaking that up with greenery, you’ll use considerably less.

  • 293 Sharon // Jan 28, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Hi, I am making a 24 inch solid heart. How many roses will I need. Planning to use Freedom Roses.


  • 294 admin // Jan 17, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Providing you buy your double chrysanthemums early enough (up to 7 days before you need to use them) and a good, heavy grade (Arctic Queen is best) you should be able to make a 12″ wreath ring with approx 20 to 25 stems.

  • 295 Paula // Jan 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Hi I am doing a 12 inch wreath ring how many stems of double chrysanthemums would I need for this … Thanks Paula

  • 296 admin // Dec 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Thanks for your message. If you have a 24 inch anchor I would probably say 4-5 bunches (depending on the size of the double). Invariably, we buy the variety ‘Arctic Queen’.
    Good luck!

  • 297 Julia // Dec 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Wow - what an amazing blog! I am doing an anchor - I had estimated 15 stems (3 x bunches 5), do you think I have underestimated…? Also what type/ breed of white Chrysanths would you recommend…?
    Very best wishes

  • 298 admin // Nov 29, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Yes, that’s fine as long as there isn’t a frost.

  • 299 surani // Nov 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    can you please advice as to if it is o.k to keep cransthmums in the shed if i am to arrange them on saturday i have purchased them today{Thursday}, the arrangement is for one year anniversey of someone who has passed away..

  • 300 Paula // Nov 25, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Thank you

  • 301 admin // Nov 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Hayley
    Providing you buy a good grade (& you buy them about 5 days before you need to use them), you’ll need approx 30-40 stems (6-8 wraps of 5). Good luck!

  • 302 Hayley // Nov 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm


    Would you be able give me some advice, I am looking at making a double open heart and wondered how many wraps of chrysanthemums I would need?


  • 303 admin // Nov 19, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Please call us on 0800 0372025 for free floristry advice.

  • 304 surani // Nov 18, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Hi can you please advice me as to how to assemle a flat pack gate of heave as i would liked to arrange my fathers triute myselfe ought oasis wetfoam ut it is flatpack.Also oned of the letters is not working on my kedyoard so i do apologise.

  • 305 admin // Nov 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Hi Paula,
    Providing you buy a good grade (& you buy them about 5 days before you need to use them), you’ll need approx 20-25 stems. Good luck!

  • 306 Paula // Nov 6, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Hi can you help me I am hoping to do a solid heart 15 inch how many double chrysanthemums do you think I will need … Thanks in advance

  • 307 admin // May 15, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Please feel free to call us on 0800 0372025 for advice.

  • 308 Bridget // May 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Hi, can you help I am doing a lettering son if I want to put a ribbon edge can you use the oasis in the plastic tray or should you use only the oasis in the hard foam backing only?
    I tried with the tray but noticed not very secure?

  • 309 admin // Apr 20, 2012 at 10:05 am

    We would always recommend that you make the flowers not earlier than one day before your wedding.

  • 310 clare Sheldon // Apr 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Just some advice please. I would love to have a go of making my own centrepiece for the top table for my wedding in August. When is the earliest I can make it with fresh flowers without the risk of the flowers wilting. I would be very grateful for your advice.

  • 311 admin // Feb 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Providing you buy your double chrysanthemums early enough (up to 7 days before you need to use them) you should be able to make a Gates of Heaven frame with approx 35 to 50 stems.

  • 312 joanne gates // Feb 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    hi i normally do silk gates of heaven but ive been asked for fresh gates of heaven how many chrysanths will i need for this?

  • 313 admin // Jan 27, 2012 at 9:45 am

    No problem - we’ve sent an email directly to you answering your question.

  • 314 Anita Ellis // Jan 26, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Hi, I wonder if you can help? I need to do Gates of heaven and an angel for a funeral and need to know how many packs of double chrysanths I need. I generally buy 3 packs per letter when doing oasis letters.

  • 315 admin // Dec 8, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Hi, and thanks for your query.
    One roll of ribbon is plenty.

  • 316 clare // Dec 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I was wondering if you could well me how much ribbon i would need for a nan floral tribute? (im getting a oasis naylorbase frame) and also is the 2inch ribbon ok to use for this.

  • 317 admin // Mar 15, 2011 at 9:26 am

    No problem Debbie - practise makes perfect!

  • 318 Jenny Watson // Mar 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Thank you so much for the great tutorial on ribbon folding. I am making an arrangement for my Dad to mark his one year of passing. I was nearly to the point of giving up but have watched your u tube video about 20 times and I think i’ve at last got it. Thank you again .

  • 319 admin // Dec 31, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Thank you for your message.
    You will need 6 individual letters:
    eBay Item number: 300477906356
    2 x 3 letter stands:
    eBay Item number: 300477915349
    1 Connector set:
    Item number: 300477915219

    If you are using chrysanthemums, then you will need approx. 12-15 stems per letter.

  • 320 debbie Holmes // Dec 30, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I have tried to contact you via ebay..ask seller a question but that facility is not available on there! I need to purchase either a grandma in oasis letters or the individual clip on letters and a rack suitable for 6 letters. Do you have either also.. it states the new letters use less flowers but can you give me a rough idea of how many heads to cover each letter.

  • 321 admin // Aug 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Hi, I’m afraid that Oasis don’t make any tributes in the shape of Disney characters. You could always shape your own from a designer sheet.

  • 322 Michelle // Aug 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Hi, do you know where I can buy Disney character oasis from as I keep being asked for them for childrens funerals.

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