How has it come to be that such a simple flower has gotten such a bad wrap? Yes I am talking about the carnation. I believe that this negative connotation has developed from people associating the cost of this flower with the quality. However, with the growing popularity DIY weddings and special events, utilizing inexpensive materials to create a unique design is considered nothing short of savvy. If this is not reason enough for you to give carnations a second chance, just look to the queen of design herself, Ms. Martha Stewart. Martha has expressed many times her love for carnations because of their practicality when designing on a budget.