Give the traditional green wreath a new holiday look with flowers. Begin with a florist foam wreath form. Soak it thoroughly, and then hang it over a sink or outdoors to drain excess water. Make a hanger by wrapping a piece of florist tape around the foam several times. Place a piece of florist wire on top, and twist to form a hanging loop.
Cut flower stems 1 1/2 inches below the blossom head, and push them into the form. Cluster like colors en masse rather than making a polka-dot pattern. Finish off with a loosely tied ribbon to conceal the wire hanger.
Carnations last at least a week when kept moist. Every other day, add water to the foam to prolong freshness by placing the arrangement in a sink and slowly drizzling with water.
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