Red Carnation



This red carnation is ideal for any occasions including wedding, home decoration and hair accessories. 

It's a flower of love, passion, affection and adoration.

We don't use cutter or mold to make the petals and yet it looks so natural :)


Tools & materials:

  • Air dry clay (homemade clay would be nice for flower but you can also buy air dry polymer clay) in green and red color
  • White PVC glue
  • Clay knife/ scissor
  • Rolling pin
  • Frilling tool
  • Fork
  • Floral wire

Preparation time: about 30 minutes


Steps to make red carnation:

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  • I started my flower by kneading the clay for few minutes until it soft  and then make a ball shape with size about 1/2 inch.
  • After that, I've flatten the  ball with rolling pin and frill the edge. No worries if you don't have tool. You can use chopstick though. But don't forget to add a little bit of baby lotion/ oil and frill the edge with this. 
  • The next step is pulling out the edge of the circle with fork. 
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  • Repeat the above steps and make three pieces of the basic petal. 
  • I cut two of the petals to four pieces each and leave the other one as it is. 
  • I've made 3 slits halfway to the center on the round petal. 


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  • Let's go back to the 8 quarter pieces of the petals. Squeeze the tip of the quarter petal and do the same for those 8 quarter pieces of petals. 


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  • Now, make a small loop at the top of floral wire and then insert it to the center of the petal that was still in one piece .
  • Close the petal to the center of the loop and at the same time turn the wire clockwise and squeeze the bottom part. 



  • We can then attach all 8 pieces of quarter petals one by one, overlapping each others until you are happy with the flower shape.
  • Lastly, cover the bottom part of the flower and also the wire with green color clay. 


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We've done with our red carnation flower.

Did you make this flower? How many of them? Was it for bouquet ? How do you put them together?

Or, was it for accessories and jewelry like brooch? hair accessories? We would love to hear from you and see your creations.

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Flower Design Resources:

I've found some books and things for clay flowers are inspiring. These may give you ideas  to develop your own design. 


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