DIY | Make your own hanging flower ball out of carnations

Hängende Blumenkugel aus Nelken selber machen

Today I will show you how to make a hanging flower ball out of carnations yourself. Since carnations last a long time even without water and dry up very nicely, they are great for a flower ball. I would like to do it without floral foam, in which you could put the flowers for water supply. Instead, I just use wire and string the cloves into a ball.

You can use the flower ball in many ways: for example as a hanging table decoration attached to the lamp, tied to a branch as a wall decoration, as a window decoration or as a wedding decoration. With the following step-by-step instructions you can easily make the flower ball yourself!


Here you can see which tools I used for the carnation ball. You need flower scissors, household scissors and pliers to clip the wire.

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Flower scissors*
I use the Japanese flower scissors Okatsune*


I used these materials for the flower ball made of carnations: different colored carnations in pink tones, floral wire and a decorative ribbon for hanging.

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Pink carnations*
Floral wire*
Decorative ribbon*

DIY Guide | Make your own hanging flower ball out of carnations

Step 1: Cut carnations

First I cut off the thin stems of the cloves.

I use my flower scissors for this.

I make sure not to cut off the thicker part of the stem, because that’s where the wire will be threaded through later.

Step 2: Thread cloves on wire

Now I take the wire and thread the carnations on.

To do this, I pierce the floral wire through the thicker part of the stem close to the blossom.

I thread the carnation heads onto the wire one by one. This creates a pretty flower garland. I used about 14 carnations for my flower ball.

I turn the carnations in different directions so that later a three-dimensional ball is created.

Then I cut the wire with the pliers.

Step 3: Attach ribbon

In the third step, I put a piece of ribbon through the opening.

I make sure that it is in the middle of the flower wreath. The ribbon can later be tied with a knot to hang the flower ball.

Step 4: Close wire

In the last step, the wire is closed.

To do this, I push the carnation heads very close together. This is important so that the ball later gets a compact shape. Also, the cloves will shrink a bit as they dry, which could result in empty spaces.

Then I twist the beginning and end of the wire together and snip off the excess wire with the pliers.

And the pretty flower ball made of pink carnations is ready! I hope you enjoyed this DIY as much as I did and enjoy looking at the hanging floral decorations!



Hi, I'm Jenny! I love flowers and easy DIY ideas. If you like my DIYs, have a look at my pins on Pinterest!

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