How to Arrange Carnations


Carnations are beautiful, inexpensive flowers that last a long time. Learning to arrange them in an elegant fashion can prove to be a creative and rewarding hobby, as floral arrangement provides a beautiful table centerpiece for a dinner party with friends or family. Floral arrangements also make wonderful holiday gifts. Learning to arrange carnations is a simple process that does not require specialized skills.

Step 1

Place a single carnation with two additional carnations of different colors. For example, if you have purchased three red, three pink and three white, then place one red, pink and white together.

Step 2

Place the three carnations of different colors into the center of the vase. Add a sprig of baby's breath to the combination for additional color and texture contrast. Baby's breath is inexpensive and can be purchased at supermarkets and home and garden centers.

Step 3

Begin grouping three additional carnations of different colors and place them on the right side in the vase.

Step 4

Group the final three carnations of various colors.

Step 5

Place a sprig of baby's breath to the back of the carnation trio and place them on the left side of the vase.

Step 6

Add 1 cup of room temperature water to the vase.

Step 7

Place a ribbon or bow in a decorative fashion at the front of the vase and present it as a gift or place on your table or kitchen counter to enjoy.

Things You'll Need

  • 9 carnations (assorted colors)
  • Vase
  • Ribbon or bow
  • Water
  • Baby's breath (optional)
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