“This is an elegant, more formal arrangement that makes for a beautiful centerpiece. Almost any flower can be substituted, but my personal favorite is the carnation, as it is frilly and rich, fills the space beautifully, and has a long life once cut. For this wreath you’ll need a 16 “ floral foam wreath on a plastic base.”–MARGOT SHAW
- 5 bunches carnations (deep red)
- 16″ floral foam wreath on plastic base; glass cylinder vase
- 1 cream colored floating candle
Step 1. Soak the floral foam for at least three hours.
Step 2. Once soaked, place the floral foam on plastic-covered table or countertop.
Step 3. Cut a carnation and poke it in the soaked floral foam to determine the length you’ll need.
Step 4. Then cut all your flowers about the same length.
Step 5. Work from the inside of the wreath out, and gently press the stems into the floral foam so that all you see is the bloom. (You’ll find that carnations when massed, as in this treatment, provide a really lush look.
Step 6. Fill up every inch of the wreath so that there’s no floral foam showing.
Step 7. Once you finish, put the wreath in the sink and let the excess water drain off.
Step 8. Then move the wreath to a dining room table, coffee table, or even a sideboard.
Step 9. Once in place, add a 4.5-inch by 14-inch glass cylinder filled 2/3 of the way with water to the center of the wreath.
Step 10. Place a cream-colored floating candle in the water, light, and voila—a holiday centerpiece that will last between 5 to 7 days.