Holiday House 2013

How to Make a Carnation Snowman Centerpiece

Bring a whimsical touch to your holiday tablescape with a lush snowman made from white carnations and playful embellishments.

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Materials Needed:

  • one 8-inch floral foam sphere
  • one 6-inch floral foam sphere
  • one 4-inch floral foam sphere
  • 50 single-stem white carnations
  • 30 single-stem white mini carnations
  • pack of wooden skewers
  • one 12-inch-long wooden dowel, 1/4" diameter
  • floral wire
  • scissors or floral shears
  • hot glue gun
  • hot glue sticks
  • extension cord
  • roll of kraft paper
  • spool of 2-inch ribbon
  • kitchen knife
  • carrot
  • black buttons
  • small doll's top hat

Prep Floral Spheres

Use kitchen knife to flatten the bottom of the 8-inch floral sphere. This will allow it to sit flush along a tabletop surface. Place floral spheres in sink, then use faucet to run water onto them until completely soaked. The spheres will soak up water and keep stems of flowers hydrated once inserted.

Cut Stems to Size

Unfurl roll of kraft paper onto flat, level work surface for protection. Next, separate full-sized carnations from baby carnations, then lay out on kraft paper. Use scissors to cut stem of each flower down to two inches, placing scissors at an angle so stems will absorb more water.

Stack Bottom and Middle Spheres

Place middle sphere (6 inch) on top of bottom sphere (8 inch) to get the proper sense of scale for the snowman. The weight of the water will keep the middle sphere secure atop the bottom sphere until step 4.

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