Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Creatives Tuesdays: DIY Carnation Pomander

Ola loves! In continuation to our yesterday posting on {Trend Alert!} on the Come back of Carnations wedding decor, we found this brilliant DIY idea for your carnation flower arrangement. (Credits to book, “Flower Arranging” by Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks). The following easy steps are perfect for the hands-on brides who loves DIY wedding floral decor and the ideas are fairly simple to recreate.
green carnation floral pomander
Lately we love the fact that Floral Carnation Pomanders are always IN style.  They're quite useful as aisle decor, table decor, centrepieces, perhaps carried by a young bridesmaid during the ceremony or simply as hanging decor on tents or garden tree at the wedding reception – lovely for a country theme.
The photographs here show green carnations – although of course these flowers come in a myriad of colours so you can mix and match - or use contrasting blooms. Moreover they can be dyed as well as according your wedding theme. awesome isnt it?  The best part about these lovely blooms, they are are generally available all-year-round, which is perfect for your wedding planning.  Now let's get busy..
What You’ll Need

long stemmed green carnation
25 green (or your colour choice) carnations
Florist’s scissors
90 gauge wire
Stem tape
Thick and thin ribbon
1 small floral foam ball
Small piece of garden cane

Steps 1, 2, 3
  1. Make a hook at one end of a length of wire. The wire should be longer than the diameter of the floral foam ball.
  2. Cut two lengths of ribbon – one thick, one thin – about 20cm (8in) 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 pres it down to secure them.  Wrap one end of the wire around the wire hook and ribbon ends a few times.
  3. Cover the base of the ribbons and the top of the wire in stem tape.
  4. Push the end of the wire right through the centre of a soaked foam ball so that the ribbon handle sits at the ball.

    Step 4
  5. Press a small piece of garden cane against the base of the ball where the wire extends out.  Wind the free end of wire around the piece of cane to prevent the handle loosening or falling off.  Cut off the excess wire.

    Step 5
  6. 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 2.5cm (1in).

    Step 6
  7. 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 downwards in sections.  Cover the ball so that no gaps are visible.

    Step 7
Insider Tips
  • Water will leach out of the floral foam as you arrange the flowers, so allow a little time to pass after you have finished working on the pomander so that any 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 centre of each carnation flower head.
  • Mist the carnations with water to keep them fresh and the foam ball moist.  (The pomanders will last for a couple of days if you give them an occasional misting with water.)
Credit Wedbits
Credit source: Photographs and instructions reproduced by kind permission of Dorling Kindersley Ltd from “Flower Arranging” by Mark Welford & Stephen Wicks, published 1st February 2011

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