Preservation of Carnations


The scientific name for a carnation is Dianthus caryophyllus. The carnation comes in many colors including pink, red, white and yellow. You can recognize a carnation by the ruffle-shaped flowers. Carnations are often given to friends or loved ones on Valentine's Day, or to mothers on Mother's Day. If you receive a carnation, you may want to know how to preserve it as a keepsake.

Step 1

Sprinkle some Borax over the flower part of your carnation. You want to get the Borax into the ruffles.

Step 2

Spread a layer of borax at the bottom of the shoe box, and then lay your carnation on top of it.

Step 3

Cover the rest of the carnation carefully with the borax. You want it to be completely covered so that no air gets to the flower.

Step 4

Place the lid on the shoebox, and tape it shut.

Step 5

Set the shoebox in a dry location for a week to 10 days.

Step 6

Take the tape off the box after the designated amount of time has passed. Use a small brush to remove enough borax so that you can get to the carnation. Make sure you wear a pair of plastic gloves when you pick up the carnation and take it out of the box.

Step 7

Dust the carnation off with a soft brush. You now have a preserved carnation. You can display it anywhere you like.

Things You'll Need

  • Carnation
  • Borax
  • Empty shoe box
  • Tape
  • Soft brush
  • Plastic gloves


  • Dial Corporation: Guide to Uses for Borax
  • The Flower Expert: Carnations
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