What Are the Different Ideas for Carnation Centerpieces?

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The different ideas for carnation centerpieces include placing them in vases, inserted into a ball or floating in containers. Within these main ideas are limitless variations in color and style as well as in the number of flowers used for the centerpiece. Carnations have a naturally frilled edge that makes them especially pretty for wedding and other special occasion centerpieces.

White carnations can be used with any table linen or wedding accent color and have an almost lacy effect when grouped together. Simple carnation centerpieces, that are also extremely versatile and attractive, can be made by using round, cylindrical or square vases in the desired accent color whether it is black, a jewel tone or a pastel shade. White carnations can then be trimmed and inserted into floral foam placed in the bottom of the container so that the flowers cover the top evenly and beautifully. The white carnation filled vases can then be placed at intervals down a long rectangular dining table. For a round table, the vases may be grouped in the center.

Clear glass rectangular vases covered with two white or metallic overlapping paper doilies tied with a ribbon bow can also make excellent centerpiece containers for carnations. This idea for carnation centerpieces can work with any flower color for practically any occasion. Instead of doilies, pieces of gift wrap may also be cut and held with colorful ribbon to cover the transparent vases for fun centerpieces for birthdays or baby showers.


For naturally romantic carnation centerpiece ideas, a silver, wood or bamboo tray covered in large, smooth stones can have small, clear glass vases inserted between the rocks with each one containing a blossom floating on water. Larger, clear glass bowls with several carnations floating on water placed in them can also be used alone as a table centerpiece. Elegant white candles could complete these types of carnation centerpieces.

Using craft foam balls and floral picks designed to be filled with water to hold fresh cut flowers is a popular method for all types of carnation centerpiece ideas. One color or shades of the same hue such as different pinks may be used for making pretty floral centerpiece balls. It's usually quite simple to just insert the picks into the foam spheres to make delightful carnation balls that may be placed on a table as is or piled in a grouping on an elegant tray. Topiary carnation centerpieces may also be created using flower pots, florist's moss and cardboard tubes. The flower pots and tubes are often painted to match the theme of the occasion.


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