Bring a whimsical touch to your holiday tablescape with a lush snowman made from white carnations and playful embellishments.Brian Patrick Flynn, Flynnside Out Productions
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.
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.
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.
Insert dowel through top of middle sphere, then down into the bottom of the bottom sphere. Next, place the top sphere (4 inch) onto the exposed top edge of the dowel, securing it in place.
Prior to covering spheres with carnations, use fingers to fan out petals until they appear full. This will ensure a more abundant look once all carnations are inserted in spheres.
Starting along the bottom edge of the bottom sphere, insert carnations into foam, leaving two inches of space between each flower, slightly overlapping petals until sphere is completely concealed.
Once bottom sphere is completely covered in carnations, insert mini carnations around middle and top spheres, leaving 3/4 of an inch space between each flower, slightly overlapping petals so spheres are completely concealed.
Cut twigs to approximately eight inches in length with scissors, then insert them into each side of the center sphere for use as arms.
Cut wooden skewers down to six inches in length. Use glue gun to attach buttons to wooden skewers. Next, insert button-covered skewers into the center of the bottom and middle spheres. Lastly, insert two button-covered skewers into the top sphere as eyes.
Snap or cut carrot down to four inches in length, then insert six-inch skewer into carrot. Place carrot into center of top sphere for use as a nose.
Once all buttons and nose are in place, tie a ribbon between the middle and top sphere for use as a scarf.
Use hot glue gun to secure wooden skewer inside a doll-sized top hat. Place hat on top of the 4-inch sphere until securely held in place with attached skewer.