Budget Brides! Carnation Pomanders are effortless, cutting – edge, and affordable!

Posted By on Jun 21, 2011 | 11 comments

I have a favorite new arrangement idea! Pomander carnation arrangements!  It’s bright, its fun, and its modern. Paying the big bucks for floral designers to make modern arrangements is no longer a must! Besides, wouldn’t you rather do it yourself and earn bragging rights! I suggest a round pomander arrangement. It will make you look like a pro! Using floral foam gives a round, professional, looking shape. People will think these were expensive and that you used a savvy floral designer.

These arrangements posted by Olga Goddard are easy to make and most importantly can fit ANY budget. Carnations are one of the most inexpensive flowers sold in bulk. But wait, its a combo! All the glass flower containers can be found at craft stores for less then ten dollars a piece! This means you can create all the arrangements for a wedding reception on your own, fast, and within budget! WHAT A DEAL!

Here’s how you do it:

1. Order carnations
2. Upon delivery cut stems, place them in water, and prepare to arrange flowers.
3. Cut stems with floral scissors or a very sharp knife (not regular scissors) so they are only about 1.5″ long, so you can push carnations into floral foam. Sometimes it’s best to cover floral foam with floral tape to hold flowers together.
4. One by one push the carnations into the round floral foam. Make sure they are close enough together so you can’t see foam between flowers. Hint: use a paper towel roll so you can go around the whole bouquet without smashing flowers by placing them on a table.
5. After you have reached desired fullness they are ready to be placed in a floral vase of your choice!
6. Tell all your friends that you hired your favorite designer (jk, be proud of your work!)


  1. I love the idea of saving money and time! It looks clean and un-cluttered, which is totally my style. I will have to try this out! What do you think of using other flowers for this type of arrangement?

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  2. You can do this with lots of other flowers! They look gorgeous with roses if you have the budget. They also look good with all types of mums and daisies. Some brides even add small jewels that add shimmer and pizazz!

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  3. I have never been a huge fan of carnations but those are absolutely stunning! Fab idea.

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  4. I agree! Any flower used in the right way can make an impact. Thanks so much for you input guys.

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  5. I like the use of other yellow flowers in these arrangements as well. I noticed the yellow gerbera daisies in the vases as well as yellow spider mums and yellow mini calla lilies on the tables. Very nice.

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  6. This is the best idea I have seen for tall centerpieces!! But I have a few questions. Would I be able to make 30 of them the day before the wedding? I am just wondering how much time in advance I could prepare this before the flowers start to wilt. Could I mix with faux flowers to save time? Or would that look strange? Thoughts?

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    • You would definitely be able to make them the day before the wedding by using floral foam in a designer dish. You can soak it in water before arranging, and it will keep the flowers hydrated. Just add more water periodically!

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      • Perfect! Thank you Lauren!

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  7. how many days in advance can you make these before the wedding?

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    • You should make them the day before the wedding to use them in peak condition, however, soak the floral foam in a water/flower food mix to keep them lasting for days!

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