Martha Stewart Living, February 2007
Snip about 5 dozen of the inexpensive blooms at the base.
Single-thread an upholstery needle with waxed twine, and pull it through the flower from the top to the base; knot the end. Repeat, leaving space between carnations (you don't have to knot the twine again). Make 8 carnation ropes of different lengths.
Hang 4 from a 9-inch embroidery hoop, and 4 from a 12-inch one. Tie 4 lengths of twine to each hoop for hanging. Glue ribbon around each hoop.
Attach to the ceiling with a removable self-adhesive hook.
Repeat threading process, securing a carnation to each end of a length of waxed twine, and then knot. The flowers will stay fresh for several hours and retain their color and shape as they dry.
5 dozen carnations
Nine-inch embroidery hoop
12 inch embroidery hoop
Removable self-adhesive hook
Here's a romantic centerpiece that takes no table space: a carnation mobile with matching floral napkin rings.