Dalby residents were able to make their own wreaths this year thanks to Dalby florist
Dalby residents were able to make their own wreaths this year thanks to Dalby florist

Local florist supports ANZACS

AS DALBY residents rose on Anzac Day to pay respects from home, many had also made their own wreaths.

For the first time, Dalby Florist supplied do-it-yourself Anzac wreaths for the stay-at-home commemorations.

Owner Helene Leahy said with so many people suffering lockdown boredom she thought they would be interested in a meaningful craft project.

The concept proved a hit, with as many as 30 people opting to have the kits delivered – contactless of course – so they could create their own tributes.

The $60 DIY kit included a foam ring into which were inserted fresh flowers such as chrysanthemums, carnations, gerberas, sunflowers and tulips.

The look was completed with a ‘Lest We Forget’ ribbon and pins.

“Usually we do the wreaths ourselves; this is the first time we did DIY,” said Mrs Leahy.

“Because people are stuck at home I thought they would like to have a project to fill in time and also commemorate Anzac Day.”

The completed wreaths hung on front doors, trees and letterboxes as residents bowed their heads in silence to remember the fallen.

Across the country people paid respects from their driveways, balconies and living rooms, lighting up the dawn with candles.

Despite the success of the wreaths, Mrs Leahy said business had dropped dramatically since social distancing restrictions were introduced to Queensland in March.

As many as four weddings per weekend have been cancelled and even events like Anzac Day would usually have required more orders for ceremonies and schools.

Mrs Leahy said DIY floral arrangements would not be sold for Mother’s Day but people could still buy bouquets and flowers such as chrysanthemums, gerberas, carnations, sunflowers, natives and lilies.


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