Carnations are timeless flowers mostly used in bouquets, corsages and centerpieces. These flowers are a favorite with many people because of their beautiful blooms and hardy stems. You can get carnations in many different colors and they can be used as fillers in bouquets. A lot of people like carnations because they are not only hardy but also delicate. To make carnation corsages, you can use both fresh and silk flowers.
Pick the color of carnations that you want to use in your corsage. Make sure they match the color of your dress, or select white because it suits almost any occasion.
Purchase three or four carnations for a corsage from your local florist, along with fillers such as baby's breath. You can use green leaves or ferns as well, but baby's breath is delicate and complements any flowers it is placed against. Also purchase matching decorative silk ribbon from a crafts store.
Place the flowers and the supplies needed on a table in front of you. Take a sharp pair of scissors and cut the stems up to 2 inches. Hold the fillers and cut their stems to the same length as well.
Wrap decorative ribbon five to seven times around three of your fingers. Now take the ribbon off and put a twist in the center so it looks like the figure '8'. Secure it tightly by wrapping the wire from a floral pick in the middle of the ribbon.
Place it on a table and gently separate the loops so they form a bow. Adjust the bow shape if needed to make it look perfect. Make sure both the loops are even so the bow looks symmetrical.
Lift the carnations and arrange them in a descending manner, so that each flower head is a little lower than the one above it.
Place baby's breath or other filler between the carnations and secure their stems with floral tape. Attach a wooden floral pick to any stem to lengthen it if it is shorter than the others.
Place the ribbon under the corsage. Wrap floral tape around the flower stems and the wooden pick. Take a corsage pin and insert it into the wrapped stems. Your corsage is complete and ready to wear.