Do you hate carnations?
If so, you are not alone. I used to hate them too!
People….it is time to stop your flower snobbery and consider this lowly flower.
As flowers go, you can’t find more affordable and long-lasting bloom…or one that come in such a wide array of fantastic colors. (NO….not the strange dyed colors….but the real ones)
If you want an upscaled look for carnations….you have to think beyond sticking one flower in a bud vase….
In fact…..there are ways to make carnations resemble expensive flowers like Hydrangeas and Peonies!
These green carnations are two weeks old. They are left from an event we decorated for on June 17. While I made small arrangements from the old ones…..Mr. S asked me where the hydrangeas came from! Granted….he was across the room…..but still! So I wondered if I could make these look even more like Hydrangea!
Hydrangeas are big and fluffy…..so I used 3 carnations. It was just a matter of using floral tape to hold them together. Not bad for 2 week old flowers. HMMMM…..what do you think Hydrangeas would look like after 2 weeks?
Well….then I decided to try to make carnations look like PEONIES!
Peonies are not just expensive…..the season is super short. When the Peonies at Sweetwater bloom…I feel so “rich”….but alas….the season is over for another whole year.
They only had mini-carnations at Trader Joe’s. I figured it wouldn’t matter if my faux peonies were “minis”.
It is important to open up a carnation by rotating the green base of the flower between your thumb and forefinger.
You should do this whenever you use carnations.
Group the flowers together and fluff them together.
Use a bit of floral tape to hold them in place.
Fluff some more to pull the petals apart a little.
The faux Peonies may not be perfect replicas…..but the impression is right….as is the price!
Here are some other stylish ways to use carnations instead of more expensive flowers:
You know…..I think I may be starting to believe in REIN-“carnation”!
Oohh! I just couldn’t resist that one!
Have A Great Day!