Color Burst: The Carnation Pomander

This adaptable floral arrangement can be hung from a tree branch above an outdoor serving table, carried by a young bridesmaid during a wedding ceremony or laid with ribbons trailing as a place setting and party favor for dinner guests.
Carnation Pomander

Carnation Pomander

Hang several pomanders around a living room at Christmas.

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Hang several pomanders around a living room at Christmas.

Materials

Flowers
25 green carnations

Other Materials
florist's scissors
90 gauge wire
stem tape
thick and thin ribbon
1 small floral foam ball
small piece of garden stake

Possible Substitutions
Spray or single rosebuds, or half-opened roses

Decorate with Green Carnations

Decorate with Green Carnations

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Prepare the Wire

Make a hook at one end of a length of wire. The wire should be longer than the diameter of the floral foam ball.

Cut two lengths of ribbon — one thick, one thin — about 8 inches long. Lay the thin ribbon on the thick ribbon, fold them over and press the ends together. Place the wire hook around the ribbon ends and press it down to secure them. Wrap one end of the wire around the wire hook and ribbon ends a few times.

Cover the base of the ribbons and the top of the wire in stem tape.

Prepare Wired Ribbon for Pomander

Prepare Wired Ribbon for Pomander

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Attach the Wire to the Foam Ball

Push the end of the wire right through the center of a soaked foam ball so that the ribbon handle sits at the top of the ball.

Push  Wire Through Foam Ball

Push Wire Through Foam Ball

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Secure the Wire

Press a small piece of garden stake against the base of the ball where the wire extends out. Wind the free end of wire around the piece of stake to prevent the handle loosening or falling off. Cut off the excess wire.

Secure Wire Handle With a Piece of Garden Stake

Secure Wire Handle With a Piece of Garden Stake

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Prepare the Carnations

Cut the stems off the carnations at the point — the top node — where the uppermost leaves grow. This should leave a very short stem of about 1 inch.

Cut Carnations to Use in Carnation Pomander

Cut Carnations to Use in Carnation Pomander

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Arrange the Carnations

Starting at the top of the ball, press the flower stalks into the floral foam. It is important to work methodically, not randomly, pressing the flowers close enough to each other so that the foam is completely covered, but without crushing the flowers. Work either in a spiral from the top, or downward in sections. Cover the ball so that no gaps are visible.

Place Carnations into a Pomander

Place Carnations into a Pomander

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Insider Tips

- Water will leach out of the floral foam as you arrange the flowers. Allow a little time to pass after you have finished working on the pomander to allow more water can drain out before you hang it up, place it on a table or give it away.

- Add some pearl-topped pins to the center of each carnation flower head if you want to use the pomander for a special occasion or festive party.

- Mist the carnations with water to keep them fresh and the foam ball moist; this will help the pomander last for a few days.

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