Wreaths of the Heartland
The scarlet carnation, this state's official flower, perks up our three wreaths on silver platters. They're easy to make with moistened floral foam wreath bases, and will last up to a week. The flower serves as a memory of native son President William McKinley, elected in 1896 and assassinated in 1901. He usually wore one in his lapel.
To make this project: Soak the floral foam wreaths in water (we used three 12-inch forms) until saturated. Place each form on a plate that's slightly wider than your completed project. Cut the stems of red carnations close to the base of the bud, gently pushing the short stem into the floral foam. Add a dozen red spider gerbera daisies, if you like. Completely cover the form with flowers. The number you'll need depends on the size of the flowers (we used 24 to 30 medium- size carnations for each). Buy ornaments with wire attached to their base and insert them into the wreath wherever you like. Place an ivory candle and glass hurricane lamp in the center of the wreath form.