Carnations get a bad rap. So often the flower choice of a forgetful boyfriend at 8pm on Valentine’s day, they’re often dismissed as being cheap and ugly. My mother abhors them. I tend to think that they have a lot of potential!
Clustering them gives them a more sophisticated look, and since they are so cheap, you can use quite a few of them to get the density required and not feel guilty about it. Especially if you can order them in bulk. They also come in a really wide variety of colors, so that’s a bonus as well.
Here’s how to make your very own carnation centerpiece!
1. Pick a piece of floral foam that will fit into your preferred container. I’m not usually a huge fan of floral foam, but when you need the flowers to be this tightly grouped, it’s the only real solution. Make sure to get wet foam if you plan on using real flowers. Before you start placing flowers, soak in water until it’s good and dense.
2. Pick your flowers. Lots of wholesale/discount florists carry large bouquets of carnations cheaply, so they are a great place to start looking. Make sure to pick flowers that have strong stems and dense, fresh heads. The amount you’ll need depends on the size of your container, but you’ll need to buy more than you think.
3. Cut the stems below the flower themselves, but above the last bulb. You want to make sure they’ll go into the foam and stay there. Starting at the top, insert the stem into the foam. Made a grouping, with each flower head slightly overlapping the previously placed flowers. Do this all around the foam, making sure there are no gaps. You don’t want to go all of the way to the bottom – make sure there’s enough room to put the foam into your container.
4. Place the foam into your container, fill with water, and enjoy! I’d love to see a grouping of white carnations in all green and blue containers, lined up down someone’s table at a dinner party. So lovely!