Instructions for Making Floral Arrangements With Carnations


Carnations come in a wide variety of colors, including white, red, yellow, purple, pink and orange. Some varieties are multicolored. The sizes vary from standard, which are about 3 inches across, to minicarnations, which are about an inch across. The plants grow up to 24 inches in height. Standard carnations produce one main flower on each stem, while minicarnations produce a number of blossoms on each stem.

Carnation Posy

Step 1

Prepare the flowers. Cut carnations first thing in the morning before it gets hot. Place them in a bucket of ice water as you go. Strip off any leaves that will be below the water's surface when placed in a vase and return to the iced water for at least an hour.

Step 2

Choose a globe-shaped vase that has a rather narrow opening at the top. The vase can be clear or colored. Fill with iced water.

Step 3

Place one large carnation in your nondominant hand. Around that flower arrange three more carnations. Around those flowers place five more carnations. Finally, surround the bouquet in your hand with the remaining carnations until it's a nice plump circle.

Step 4

Surround the round bouquet with a row of flat leaves.

Step 5

Cut the stems about an inch longer than the vase is tall while still holding onto the bouquet.

Step 6

Place a rubber band around the flowers just under the blossoms. This will keep the flowers together in the vase. The rubber band won't be visible.

Step 7

Place the flowers in the vase.

Ice Cream Soda

Step 1

Fill the ice cream soda glass halfway with glass marbles. The marbles are the "soda" in the glass. Add water.

Step 2

Select carnations that come in ice cream colors. Use one color for each glass. The color of the carnations can either match or contrast with the glass marbles. Push four stems of the carnations down through the marbles in the glass. Place one more carnation on top of the four, so the five carnations resemble scoops of ice cream. The marbles will hide the stems and hold them in place.

Step 3

Slide a drinking straw into the glass on one side of the top carnation.

Tips and Warnings

  • Carnations have stems that can bend and break easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Ice water
  • Vase
  • Leaves with large, flat leaves, such as lemon, magnolia or eucalyptus
  • Scissors
  • Rubber band
  • Ice cream soda glass
  • Glass marbles, clear, white, red, pink or yellow
  • Drinking straw


  • "Flowers That Wow: Inspired Arrangements for the Floral-Impaired"; Jonathan Fong; 2006
  • "Quick and Easy Flower Design: More Than 125 Color-Based Recipes for Everday Bouquets"; Jessica Wrobel; 2005

Who Can Help

  • How to arrange flowers
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Dee Power holds an MBA. She is the co-author of "Attracting Capital from Angels," "Inside Secrets to Venture Capital," "The Making of a Bestseller," the novel "Over Time," and several screenplays. She contributes to several Web sites and is a regular columnist for