Wood Flowers…yes wood flowers!!
Guys I have a new obsession…..Sola Wood Flowers.
Yes, I said wood flowers. Who knew there was such a thing? I sure didn’t!
When I stumbled across them, I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Flowers made from wood??!
Now I have cut flower petals out from pieces of wood but Sola wood flowers are perfect little delicate flowers.
Lets dig into some details about where and how these pretties are made.
A little info on sola wood
I have learned so much about this little plant that I can’t believe I have never heard of it before. It has multiple uses. It’s like a super plant!
Sola wood comes from the tapioca plant (cassava) also known as balsa wood or tapioca wood. And is native to the north region of Brazil. But has spread throughout South America and was carried by Portuguese and Spanish explorers to most of the West Indies, Africa and Asia.
It’s a perennial shrub with either red or green branches with blue spindles. This shrub doesn’t need a lot of water or rich nutrient soil. It is easily propagated by stem cutting and can be harvested every two months. However, it only takes 10 months to reach maturity.
I didn’t realize how many uses this amazing plant has. It’s been used to make model airplanes, as a potpourri filler and as a thickening agent for foods. But you must not eat it unless it has been processed. I didn’t really research this aspect of it much because I am never going to eat it. Tapioca has never been on my grocery list and probably never will.
One more fun fact about the tapioca root. It can be used to produce biodegradable materials like shopping bags, reusable gloves, aprons, the list goes on. It can be composted, is renewable, reusable, recyclable, and sustainable.
Now let us get to the fun stuff! The flowers!!
I have had this roll of sola wood for months. I am so intimidated by it.
You all know how much I love making the paper flowers. Wood flowers have to be just as much fun if not more, right?! I have to find out!
I plan on documenting my learning for you all to learn or at least to laugh at me as I learn. Either way it should be a good time.
If you have tried making sola flowers, tell me about your experiences. I’d love to hear from you. Comment below or email me.