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.
25 green carnations
90 gauge wire
thick and thin ribbon
1 small floral foam ball
small piece of garden stake
Spray or single rosebuds, or half-opened roses
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011