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Carnation Mobile Centerpiece and Napkin Ring

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2007


Here's a romantic centerpiece that takes no table space: a carnation mobile with matching floral napkin rings.


  • Upholstery needle

  • Waxed twine

  • 5 dozen carnations

  • Scissors

  • Nine-inch embroidery hoop

  • 12 inch embroidery hoop

  • Glue

  • Removable self-adhesive hook


  1. Snip about 5 dozen of the inexpensive blooms at the base.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Attach to the ceiling with a removable self-adhesive hook.

  5. 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.

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