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Carnation Flower Arrangements

Known for their delicate appearance and long life span, carnations are a staple in any floral arrangement. Read on to know more about flower arrangements and instructions.
Kanika Khara Oct 12, 2018
Being ideal for any floral arrangement, carnations are favored by most florists and flower lovers. These flowering plants have a scientific name Dianthus caryophyllus. They have been cultivated for past 2,000 years and are native to the Mediterranean region. Though carnations come in sizes and colors, their traditional colors are pink, white, red and yellow.
Because of the ruffled appearance, clove-like fragrance, and extended blooming period, carnations are preferred over roses for decoration in some countries.
Also, this is the national flower of Spain and the birth flower of those born in January. It is no wonder that the flower arrangements with carnations are much sought after.
The light pink carnations look delightful and pleasing.
Pink carnations were among the first to be discovered and have maintained their popularity irrespective of the arrival of more varieties. When mixed with brighter pinks such as hot pink roses, they serve as the best gifts for occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, Mother's day, etc.
Likewise, red carnations, for their robust color and wildfire-like appearance, symbolize love and passion, and are ideal for Valentine's day flower bouquets.
White carnations stand for purity and innocence, and are used to reflect budding romance or just friendship. Hence, taken together, these diverse colored flowers can create a vibrant, colorful floral arrangement that suits all events and celebrations.

Flower Arrangements with Carnations

Since carnations live for considerably long period of time (7 - 14 days, if taken care) they spread happiness long after it's use. Large carnations can be used to give a bold and dramatic look, while small ones bring subtle excitement and joy. There are many elegant ways for carnations to be used in floral arrangements, some of which are explained here:


Flower baskets are one of the best ways to arrange carnations. A basket filled with carnations of different sizes and colors can make up a beautiful and appealing bouquet.
In spring, one can create a basket containing mini-carnations with baby's breath and daisies, which would last a week or so, as all these flowers have a long shelf life. And for other seasons, carnations with greens and spider mums would look great.

Tall Vase:

Carnations cut to different heights and placed in a bud vase with some baby's breath and a bow would look amazing.
A greenery fills up the bare spots of an arrangement. For larger vases, placing white variegated carnations with red roses would be a splendid idea. Also, statice, which is a multi-stemmed flower with a very unusual texture, looks beautiful with red or white carnations.


Carnations of varying colors and sizes, with some mums, aster, or snapdragons to add some flair, can serve as exquisite and beautiful centerpieces. One can also place a tapered candle in the middle of the floral arrangement, to create a formal table centerpiece.


White or pink carnations can be the most likable flower gift for any occasion, especially if you do it all by yourself. Given are the step-by-step easy instructions for making floral arrangements with carnations.
  • Choose carnations of your favorite colors and hold them together in multiples of 12, i.e., 12, 24, or 36.

  • Hold any three carnations in your hand in a roughly triangular shape, around 6 inches from each other, at slightly varying heights to make the bouquet look like a nice, big bunch.

  • Add a carnation to each one in your hand in such a way that it forms a bigger triangle by placing them at different levels.

  • Now, add two carnations on each of the three groups so that the entire bunch would look to have a circular outer edge. Keep adding more flowers until it forms one full set.
  • Wrap the bunch of flowers around the stems with the help of a tape, and then cover the tape with a ribbon.

  • Using scissors, cut the stems an inch below the ribbon, and place the bouquet in a vase containing water. Moisten the flower with water and keep the bouquet at a cool place.
Carnations are attractive and affordable flowers which are very popular and lovable all round the year. Whether you choose colored carnations or a monochromatic carnation arrangement for a gift or for decoration purpose, it will be loved and appreciated by your guests or recipients.
Carnations in clean vase with fresh and warm water.
For the longevity of flowers, keep them in clean vases having fresh and mildly warm water. Remove the leaves below the water level, and avoid keeping this arrangement in direct sunlight and/or heat.