Sola wood flowers are not your typical flowers. As you can already guess from the name, they are made from wood, which provides extra longevity and durability. But how exactly is it possible to make flowers from wood?
Tapioca (also known as cassava) plant is where the journey begins. This multifaceted plant's root is used to derive the sola wood, some of the lightest wood in the world. After peeling the bark, professionals carefully cut the remaining of the root into thin sola wood sheets, which soon become sola wood flowers.
You should note that every single sola wood flower is unique and handmade. In today's world, where machinery is suppressing craftsmanship, it is a breath of fresh air to come across something authentic and one of a kind. Also, sola wood flowers are 100% natural. By choosing them, you contribute to creating a sustainable and balanced world.
Reshaping of Sola Wood Flowers
Sola wood flowers sometimes lose their perfect shape during the storing or shipping. You should not get worried, though, as it is super easy to reshape them. All you need is some warm water and a few minutes of your time. First, dip a sola wood flower into a bowl of warm water just enough to get it wet. Try not to soak it as thick sola wood might tear apart.
Once the sola wood flower is wet, start reshaping its petals, starting from the outside. You will see how easy and satisfying the whole process is. After all, no bouquet, centerpiece, or corsage in the world that could look more beautiful than the one that you made yourself!
Once you are done reshaping sola wood flowers, let them dry for 12-24 hours. Good news, you can also reshape dyed sola wood flowers as they remain relatively resistant to water. Below, we provide a short step-by-step video to show how easy it is to shape your sola wood flowers!
Dyeing of Sola Wood Flowers
For beginners, we recommend using acrylic paint to dye sola wood flowers. It is the most affordable and convenient method, which you can learn in minutes. All you need is a bowl of water, your desired color paint, and some patience.
Once you finish dyeing your first sola wood flowers, you will notice that there are many different ways to achieve the perfect color. For example, if you want a sola wood flower to be a little darker, use more paint and less water (and vice versa to obtain a lighter color). Also, alternative types of paint, such as latex, watercolor, or spray, can be used to add versatility to your wood flower bouquets and other arrangements.
We encourage you to try new things and share them with us. However, you should start by learning the basics. Below you can find a quick example on how to dye a sola wood flower.
A quick tip: If you are planning to arrange your sola wood flowers yourself, we recommend ordering at least ten percent more flowers than needed to make your wood bouquet or corsage. Always remember that you might lose some sola wood flowers during the process, especially if you are not yet experienced.
Stem Your Sola Wood Flowers
Not to restrict your floral arrangement opportunities, most of sola wood flowers come without stems. At first, it might sound like a hard job to attach a stem to a sola wood flower, but don't get discouraged. Everything is much easier than you could expect! Here is a short tutorial, underlining the most important steps of how to do it.
Sola Wood Flowers for Your Wedding
Your wedding day is one of the most spectacular and important days of your life, so everything about it has to be perfect. We understand the importance of floral arrangements and decorations that create a festive atmosphere and illuminate eternal love. Years ago, it was traditional to use real flowers that would die shortly after the wedding, but things have changed! Sola wood flowers are becoming an extremely trendy choice for weddings as they are durable, ever-lasting, and easy to arrange. Here are some options on how to use sola wood flowers at weddings:
Wooden flower bridal bouquets. You want to look impeccable in your wedding photos, so make sure to pay a lot of attention to choosing the perfect bridal bouquet. Of course, we know that classic bridal bouquets are expensive and die in a few days. Also, they can get messy and attract insects (if you are getting married in nature). So, what other options do you have? Wooden flower bridal bouquets have no flaws as they can be easily arranged and dyed the way you want. The only limit in making a wooden flower bouquet is your imagination!
Wood flower corsages. Every detail counts when it comes to weddings. Wooden flower corsages are lighter and more durable than classical ones. Also, you can easily customize them to match the groom and the whole theme of the wedding. The most important thing is that wood flower corsages last forever. Imagine how nice it would be to keep your wedding corsages and show them to your kids when telling your life's love story.
Wedding floral arrangements. Wedding flowers can cost thousands, especially if you are getting married in a bigger venue that requires more decorations. If you are already spending that much money, you might as well do it properly. Sola wood flowers will paint your wedding with vivid colors and joyful emotions. Also, they are 100% biodegradable, meaning that you won't be doing any damage to the environment if you decide to throw them away. However, why would you? Instead, we recommend handing out the wood flowers and bouquets to the guests. You will make your guests happy and spread the trend that brings class and eco-friendliness to the wedding scene. Oh, just remember to keep the wooden flower bridal bouquet and corsage as a reminder of your eternal love.
Make Your Dream Wedding Bouquet
We have already mentioned how you could use sola wood flowers as your wedding decorations. Now, we want to show how to make your dream wooden wedding bouquet, which would complement your wedding dress.
Of course, don't be afraid to try new things that work the best for you.
Unlimited Opportunities to Use Sola Wood Flowers
Sola wood flowers will last for ages, and they require minimum maintenance. These qualities make them perfect for various projects and events. Keep your mind open to new ideas, and don't hesitate to experiment with sola wood flowers when making decors, corsages, or bouquets. Here are a few examples of where you can use wood flowers:
Weddings. We have already outlined the most important qualities that sola wood flowers possess to make them a perfect fit for your wedding. They are cheaper, cleaner, last longer, and provide extra flexibility to try new arrangements.
Office décor. We all want to work in a beautiful and comfortable workspace, but so often, nobody is determined to take care of the office space. For that reason, you might choose to adorn your office with sola wood flowers as they will last forever, and you won't need to water them every day.
Christmas wreaths. You can make the most beautiful Christmas wreaths from sola wood flowers. With minimum adjustments, they will last for years. We know how stressful it is to get ready for the holiday season, so it always helps to have one less job on your to-do list. Also, in contrary to artificial wreaths, sola wood wreaths are 100% natural and ecofriendly.
Jewelry and accessories. You don't have to use sola wood flowers to make grandiose bouquets or floral arrangements. Instead, you can make delicate jewelry and accessories that would showcase your beauty.
Floral arrangements. Beautiful floral arrangements can adorn any event or occasion. Would it be a baby shower, wedding, birthday, or a casual home party, everyone will appreciate your efforts to decorate the area using sola wood flowers. So, don't be afraid to share your impeccable taste and craftsmanship abilities.
The Best Tools for Shaping Sola Wood Flowers
To make your perfect sola wood flower arrangement, you will need to prepare and have all the necessary tools. Here are a few tools that you might find useful.
Kitchen scissors. You never know what and when you will need to cut, so it is always good to have a pair of scissors on hand.
Oasis floral foam. If you want to create vase (box, basket, cup, etc.) arrangements, Oasis floral foam will ease the process and provide extra flexibility. You will be able to place your flowers in any way you wish, as the floral foam will glue your arrangement and keep it all in one place. Remember that soaked floral foam expands a lot, so don't fill your vessels full. In cases of overfilling your vessel with floral foam, just cut the surplus with a knife.
Floral wire. It goes without a saying that you need floral wire to keep your sola wood floral arrangement in one place. There are many different types of floral wire, so don't hesitate to try different kinds to find your favorite one. For example, we recommend using 26 gauge floral wire for wood corsages and boutonnieres. 18 gauge wire is best for supporting sola wood flower stems and securing floral foam.
Acrylic paint. If you want your sola wood flower arrangement to be colorful, so acrylic paint is a must! Of course, you can use different types of paint once you know all the basics, but we recommend sticking to acrylic paint for now. They are cheap, reliable, and easy to apply!
Tissue paper. It makes sola wood bouquets look fancier. Also, it covers the stems, allowing people to pay their full attention to the beautiful arrangement.
Hot glue gun. It is a lifesaver! With a hot glue gun, attaching stems to sola wood flowers will become an easy and smooth activity. Not only you will save a lot of time, but also, your sola wood projects will be more durable. Of course, if you don't have a hot glue gun, you can also do all the work with your hands (prepare to get messy, though).
Floral tape. Floral tape is a must to have! Most of the time, it is used to hold the stems together. However, you can apply it on many other different occasions. Also, floral tape comes in many different colors, so don't worry about it ruining the aesthetics of your sola wood bouquet.
You mainly need clippers to cut the floral wire. Of course, they can also be used to trim and readjust your wooden floral arrangement.
If used properly, ribbon makes any floral arrangement look more aesthetic and beautiful.
Of course, this list is endless, and everyone has different methods that work for them. We would love to hear what are your favorite tools and techniques to create sola wood flower arrangements. Let us know in the comments below! If you still have any questions about sola wood flowers, don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.