How to Arrange a Dozen Carnations


With brightly colored blooms and sturdy stems, carnations are a good choice for use in flower arrangements. Carnations are a long-lasting flower that can be used in wedding centerpieces or any type of floral arrangements. When making this relatively simple arrangement, use the largest carnations available picked fresh from the garden or purchased from a local florist.

Step 1

Soak a 4-inch diameter floral foam ball in a sink full of water for at least 10 minutes or until completely saturated. Set on a dish drainer to allow excess water to run off. Slice off about a 1/4-inch piece of the foam to form a flat bottom. Set on a small, footed candy dish.

Step 2

Select a dozen carnations in any color desired. Cut the stems to a length of two inches long at a 45-degree angle so the flowers absorb the water better, keeping them fresh longer.

Step 3

Insert the flowers into the floral ball, starting at the top. Insert one in the very top center of the ball and place three to four flowers in a circle slightly below that one. Continue working down toward the bottom of the ball until the ball is completely covered and all of the flowers are used.

Step 4

Water the foam ball every day. Hold the ball over the sink and use a watering can with a long spout to water the ball. Place on a dish drainer to allow all the excess water to run off before setting it back on the candy dish.

Things You'll Need

  • Carnations
  • Floral foam ball
  • Candy dish


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Residing in Southern Oregon, Amy Madtson has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008 with a focus on health, pregnancy, crafts and gardening. Her work has been published on websites such as eHow and Garden Guides, among others. Madtson has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1993.