Everything you need to know about sola wood flowers

January 05, 2019 145 Comments

What are sola wood flowers?

Technically it is plant called: Aeschynomene aspera  but is commonly referred to as sola or shola across the world.  

It grows wild in marsh areas and is one of the lightest known woods.  

Many times the bark is taken off to expose the cream, cork like center of the plant.  That center is then made into thin sheets which are taken and are used to create the sola wood flowers by hand.  Yes!  every single sola wood flower you receive has been created by hand no machines are used!  Sometimes the bark is left on while creating the sheets to form the flowers and those we typically refer to as bark or skin flowers and create a two tone effect.  

  

How do you shape sola wood flowers?

The wood flowers are easily shaped by using a bit of room temperature water or you can use a steamer as well to help shape the flowers (this method is super fun but not necessary if you don't want to invest in a steamer) Here is a quick video we have created showing how to shape the flowers with a bowl of water.  

  

 

How do you dye sola wood flowers?

The simplest way to dye sola wood flowers is to use water-downed craft acrylic paint (its affordable, tons of color options, and easy to find)  once you get the hang of it you can try all sorts of different ways to color the wooden flowers (see below).  Here is a quick tutorial on how to use craft paint to dye your sola wood flowers. 

 

What kind of paint can you use to dye the flowers?

Besides craft acrylic paint here are a few other things you can use to dye the flowers have fun and get creative! 

  • Latex paint (similar 1-1 ratio of water to paint)
  • Spray paint (light handed, this will take a few days for the spray paint smell to dissipate) 
  • Watercolor 
  • Fabric Dye 
  • Wine (yup!  we have had a customer share with us their wine dyed sola flower project!)

 

How do you stem sola wood flowers?

All of our flowers come loose (minus the hydrangea flower) so what that means is if you are creating a floral arrangement or a bouquet most likely you will need to add a stem.  But fret not this is SUPER easy.  Here is a quick tutorial on how to do it! 

 

 

How do you reshape sola wood petals that have uncurled after dyeing?

With some flowers this tends to happen some of the most common that uncurl are the rosa and blanche.  They take a bit of extra time either with finding a special way to dry the flowers or a bit more extra work to recurl the wood flowers.  Here is a facebook live we did all about how to reshape some of those flowers that can be a bit tricky! 

 

What projects can you make with sola wood flowers? 

Pretty much if you can hot glue a flower on to it or you can add a stemmed flower to the vessel you can make a sola wood flower project but lets go over a few of our favorites!  To see a whole large library of project tutorials makes sure to check out our facebook page we do twice a week craft projects all about the sola flowers.  The library of videos can be found here!  

  • Wedding bouquets
  • floral arrangements of all sorts
  • wreaths
  • wall decor
  • baby mobile
  • floral crowns
  • jewelry
  • holiday ornaments

 

How many wood flowers do you need for a wedding bouquet?

This question will be based on a bit of the size flowers you get and the style bouquet you want but to get started here is what we suggest:

  • Small bouquet - 30 sola flowers in 2" sizes
  • Medium bouquet- 27 sola wood flowers ranging in 2-3" sizes
  • Large bouquet (around 12" in circumference) -  48 wood flowers ranging in 2-3" sizes 

We do suggest buying a few extra especially if you are new to dyeing the flowers so you can practice a bit and find the perfect color for your special day! 

 

What are some of the other tools you need/want when making a sola wood flower arrangement?

Sola wood flower tools

-Craft Paint 

As mentioned above we love using craft paint especially when you are starting out dyeing sola flowers at around $0.50 a bottle it's a great investment and you can dye a decent amount of flowers!  

-Clippers

Here is the link to the ones I use.  I have used these for over a year now and have to replaced them about 9 months in!  I use these to cut mainly my floral wire for stemming the wood flowers ( I have cut a lot of stems with these little guys!) 

-Floral Wire

I typically like to use an 18 gauge floral stem wire for vase arrangements as well as bouquets.  The higher the gauge number the more flexible the wire is.  I suggest playing with a few different gauges and find your favorite. 

-Floral Foam

You can get this at pretty much any craft store I prefer to use for my vase arrangements to hold the wires in place. (To cover the floral foam you can use things like paper, moss, or not cover it all depending on the arrangement)  Another suggest folks have made for affordability is to use crack filler foam, one tip if you go this route..... fill your containers only half full (it will expand A LOT) and have a ton of vases you will be filling because once you start to use the can its pretty much a one and done application, the can/nozzle tends to be hard to clean for multiple applications. 

-Hot Glue Gun

I use a power Ryobi hot glue gun link found here.  However, you do not need to use a power glue gun any low or high temp glue gun will work just fine for your sola wood crafting projects. I do prefer to use a high temp over low temp for durability I have yet to have any of my glue loosen or anything fall off on the projects I have done over the years. You will use the hot glue gun for stemming the flowers as well as using it to glue the flowers onto all sorts of home decor projects you come up with!  ( I do truly love this glue gun so much so though that over on Facebook during my crafty live videos we named the glue gun one time, his name is Vikram).  Another idea is to use a small crock pot and melt glue sticks in that, I have tried it once and it would probably work better in a pinch for a craft night with multiple people but it was a bit too messy for me.  

-Silicone mat

Now this supply isn't 100% necessary but, it is one of the handiest tools while hot gluing flowers and other various projects.  The silicone mat is great at catching the hot glue. Once completely cooled off you can peel the glue right off the mat and throw it away easy-peasy no mess!  Here is a link to the ones we sell in the shop. 

-Floral Tape (not pictured)

I primarily use this as a way to hold my stems together while making floral hand tied bouquet.  

A few other items here not picture but are fun to have as you grow your creative sola wood flower muscles:

  • NuWave Oven, I personally use this to dry all my flowers and when I was doing large craft shows it was a lifesaver  in terms of the prep work that needed to be done.  (I had mine set at 350 degrees for 5 minutes and then check, if they needed a bit more drying 1-2 minutes more but keep a close eye on them, since they are wood they can and will catch on fire) 
  • Steamer, this is a fun item to have when shaping a lot of flowers I however haven't found a brand that I absolute love as mine have always sputtered water. 
  • Airbrush, this tool is so much fun to use with those flowers that in particular uncurl when dip dyeing.  It also is a fun tool for helping create very realistic looking flowers.  I am still working on getting better at using this tool so I don't have many tips and tricks as I am still in the "making lots of mistakes" phase but the one thing I will stress is cleaning the airbrush after use is super duper important! 
  • Dehydrator for drying flowers, now I haven't tried this method yet but it has been recommended now a few times and since I have started one small fire with a batch of flowers from drying them in my NuWave oven I am intrigued by it, once I have one and have used it a bit I will update my thoughts on it! 

 

And there you have it all the ins and outs of sola wood flowers!  Did we miss something?  Have more questions?  Comment below and let us know and we will get you our thoughts, answers, and more in an upcoming blog post! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





100 Responses

Sandra Brown
Sandra Brown

July 07, 2019

I love these flowers. Have some rolls coming thought there would be a lot of tutorials on how to fold and cut different flowers .could u lead me to a good site to watch so I can learn the basics? Hope I find some to get my creative side going.? Thank you

LINDA
LINDA

June 26, 2019

Where do you recommend or do you have resources for buying the actual wood for DIY Crafters?

Pattie Hurd
Pattie Hurd

February 28, 2019

Thanks for the great information!

Jen Morse
Jen Morse

February 28, 2019

These are amazing, and I am SO excited for my order to arrive to start working on DIY florals for my wedding. Thank you for all the info, it is super helpful : )

Tammy
Tammy

February 28, 2019

Love Love Love Sola flowers and working on arrangements!!!!

Monica Kirkham
Monica Kirkham

February 28, 2019

These are amazing!

Sam
Sam

February 28, 2019

Absolutely Love Sola! Cant wait to try and dye flowers! So helpful!

Heather Murphy
Heather Murphy

February 28, 2019

Beautiful flowers that last forever. They can be dyed to match any color and easy to arrange. Love them and have been hooked since my first heart board

Rachel
Rachel

February 28, 2019

Thank you so much for all the info you share!!!

Lacey Lake
Lacey Lake

February 28, 2019

I loved watching the video on dying the wood flowers. I was surprised at how easy it was because crafts never seem to work out the first time for me. 🤣🤣 These are going to be wonderful for a couple baby showers that are coming up.

Courtney
Courtney

February 28, 2019

I love this company!! They are the best around! Amazing flowers and amazing customer service!

Ielise
Ielise

February 28, 2019

That’s a LOT of helpful info. High five.

Cassandra Blake
Cassandra Blake

February 28, 2019

Thanks! Been looking for an article that gave how many on average go in bouquets! :)

Mary Gardner
Mary Gardner

February 28, 2019

Those are really beautiful and it is amazing they are made from wood.

Lauraleigh
Lauraleigh

February 26, 2019

These look really cool, gonna consider for my sister’s farmhouse wedding next year, we are DIYing a lot, these would be a nice touch :)

Nancy Miller
Nancy Miller

February 25, 2019

I can’t wait to try coloring and arranging these for my daughter’s wedding!

Deb Huber
Deb Huber

February 25, 2019

Great information! I am excited to try working with the sola flowers!

Jean T
Jean T

February 26, 2019

I love leaving sola flowers in their raw or natural state. The flowers from Oh You’re Lovely are beautiful so it’s easy to use them this way!

Anna Pry
Anna Pry

February 26, 2019

i love how real they look

Robyn Bellefleur
Robyn Bellefleur

February 26, 2019

Wow, just lovely flowers. I am just starting to really get into crafting my own so this is really great info.

Kimberly Mann
Kimberly Mann

February 26, 2019

Love these girls sooo much. their sola flowers are amazing, and I love the tutorials

Rebecca
Rebecca

February 26, 2019

Love this post, very informative. My daughter is thinking about using these for her wedding next year!

Miranda
Miranda

February 26, 2019

These flowers are gorgeous and these tutorials are wonderful help

Jessica Walker
Jessica Walker

February 26, 2019

Very informative thank you. I can’t wait to try this now

Tracy
Tracy

February 26, 2019

Got my flowers in and have dyed them. Cant wait to make my bouqet out of them :)

Brittany Dove
Brittany Dove

February 26, 2019

Love your flowers and all the videos you do!

Katie
Katie

February 26, 2019

I wish I was talented enough to do this

Kim Haney
Kim Haney

February 26, 2019

Great wealth of information. I love that all the basic information to get started is here in one spot. Thank you so much for sharing.

Ruth
Ruth

February 25, 2019

My sister and niece use Sola flowers to make their arrangements. They are quality flowers! Love them!

Andrea
Andrea

February 23, 2019

Love your flowers and can’t wait to start assembling my wedding flowers!

Milley
Milley

June 26, 2019

I have never heard of this. I love your blog already

Sandra R.
Sandra R.

February 23, 2019

Love that I have been introduced to these flowers! Will have to try dying them with wine next!

Monica Blair
Monica Blair

February 23, 2019

Great info for Newbies like me! I love the quality of your flowers!

Kristy P
Kristy P

February 23, 2019

Thanks for all the great tips and videos.

Sara Cadima
Sara Cadima

February 23, 2019

Your videos are fun and informative. Thanks for the great info.

Whitney Foster
Whitney Foster

February 23, 2019

I just love flowers from Oh you’re lovely! Thank you for always posting amazing tutorials!

Evey Alvarez-Flores
Evey Alvarez-Flores

February 23, 2019

Looove these flowers! You guys are the best!

Monica🍹 Eisenman Patterson
Monica🍹 Eisenman Patterson

February 23, 2019

Have enjoyed the awesome ideas, so helpful, I will be decorating baby shower for a cousin with the Solos as well as a wedding for my Daughter in Sept.

Katherine Bakula
Katherine Bakula

February 23, 2019

I love the flowers and being diy!

Becky
Becky

February 23, 2019

I’m a sola addict! I love your flowers and they are always so beautiful! I’m glad to have found your blog and YouTube because you give out such great information!

carla swiney
carla swiney

February 22, 2019

So pretty

Carolyn
Carolyn

February 22, 2019

These flowers are so fun and beautiful. Will make beautiful decorations for my daughters wedding someday soon.

Shannah Ellenbecker
Shannah Ellenbecker

February 22, 2019

How long do the flowers hold colors? Is there an estimated time frame for each different type of “dye”?

Melissa Briones
Melissa Briones

February 22, 2019

So happy i found this site! The thought of having beautiful forever blooming flowers it amazing! And what a wonderful gift idea!!

Sarah
Sarah

February 22, 2019

Love!

Chelsea
Chelsea

February 22, 2019

Thanks for the helpful videos. These are great for first timers like me!

Kim Hunt
Kim Hunt

February 22, 2019

Has anyone used tea to dye flowers? Also I’ve sent a couple emails over the last week and haven’t heard back. Have you received any from me?

Nicole M Pierce
Nicole M Pierce

February 22, 2019

Great way to learn for beginners

Erica
Erica

February 22, 2019

I just started playing with Sola wood flowers and I can’t wait to incorporate them in my art and even better… my wedding flowers!!! Thanks for such a great product and thanks to 3Monkeys Home Accents for getting me hooked!!!!

Caitlin
Caitlin

February 22, 2019

I can’t wait to get my hands on some flowers. Learning how to dye them is what tipped me over the edge between observing and making!

Kristin Davis
Kristin Davis

February 22, 2019

So thankful for such a fun product!

Sheila Bond
Sheila Bond

February 22, 2019

The information in the Blog is so helpful. I love that these flowers are all hand made and they are so beautiful.

Megan
Megan

February 22, 2019

I have had so much fun with these flowers! I started playing with them so I could make my own bridal bouquet but now I’m obsessed!!!

Aldo
Aldo

February 22, 2019

Interesting, never thought of the Nu Wave. Thanks for the tips!

Teri
Teri

February 22, 2019

I love sola flowers from oh you’re lovely!! Thanks to the tutorials you have made it so easy to work with them and give great ideas for creating amazing pieces! Thank you so much!

Teri
Teri

February 22, 2019

I love sola flowers from oh you’re lovely!! Thanks to the tutorials you have made it so easy to work with them and give great ideas for creating amazing pieces! Thank you so much!

Teri
Teri

February 22, 2019

I love sola flowers from oh you’re lovely!! Thanks to the tutorials you have made it so easy to work with them and give great ideas for creating amazing pieces! Thank you so much!

Marissa McBain
Marissa McBain

February 22, 2019

This makes me want to put together all my wedding floral arrangements myself now! Thank you for this post!

Marilyn
Marilyn

February 22, 2019

I recently attended a wedding where your flowers were used in all of the bouquets. They were so beautiful that I was surprised that they weren’t fresh flowers.

roni gordon
roni gordon

February 22, 2019

Love it!

Kaylee Shuster
Kaylee Shuster

February 22, 2019

Very helpful information and very helpful ladies. You guys rock!

Molly W
Molly W

February 22, 2019

I ordered from Oh You’re Lovely and was so impressed! The flowers are beautiful, the staff are unbelievable, and the shipping time was so fast. Will definitely be returning!

Staci Engle
Staci Engle

February 22, 2019

I can’t wait to make my wedding bouquet from the sola flowers I just ordered from you!

Lindsay Bussick
Lindsay Bussick

February 22, 2019

My mom has been working with Sola flowers for a while now and they are amazing. I’m excited to take some of these tips and tricks back to her! These flowers are amazing- cheaper than so many other types and last forever.

Michele Mcbane
Michele Mcbane

February 22, 2019

This was great info!. super helpful!

Michelle Webb
Michelle Webb

February 22, 2019

Great advice!!

Marcy
Marcy

February 22, 2019

Love this 🥰🌼

Teressa
Teressa

February 22, 2019

I love sola flowers. Discovered them when I was helping to plan my brother and sisters-in-law’s wedding and used them to make all their wedding flowers. They were gorgeous and everyone kept commenting on how they’d never seen anything like them. Plus they can keep them forever. Now it’s my turn and I’m using sola flowers (natural and some dyed rose gold) and succulents for my bouquets, corsages and boutonnières. So excited for the final product.

Kristen Simmons
Kristen Simmons

February 22, 2019

This was so helpful! Thank you for posting!

Kara
Kara

February 22, 2019

Thank you so much for all of these tips and tricks!

Bethany W
Bethany W

February 22, 2019

I just discovered Sola flowers and cannot wait to try them!!

candi brown
candi brown

February 22, 2019

Very helpful. Thank you so much for do these! I was struggling with some of these and now my questions are answered!

Deborah Romero
Deborah Romero

February 22, 2019

Got my first order in this week and I’m so excited!

Kim Cummings
Kim Cummings

February 22, 2019

You are always so helpful! Thank you for your wonderful flowers!

Heather F
Heather F

February 22, 2019

I love these flowers!! We had so much fun dying them and they are beautiful!!

Kendra Teague
Kendra Teague

February 22, 2019

So many helpful tips!

Shannon
Shannon

February 22, 2019

This is very helpful.

Chloe
Chloe

February 22, 2019

I bought some Sola Wood Flowers for my wedding reception centerpieces and these instructions were super helpful on how to stem them and arrange them!

Sue
Sue

February 22, 2019

Thanks for all the tips and tricks! Love the things I’ve created with your flowers!

Erin
Erin

February 22, 2019

I LOVE this company and this product so much! Stefani and Maggie are so informative and kind, couldn’t ask for a better team!

Hiliary Wolfe
Hiliary Wolfe

February 22, 2019

sola flowers saved my wedding budget :) thanks ladies! Thank you for the care you take to be sure we get undamaged, good quality products QUICK!

April Wilemon Caldwell
April Wilemon Caldwell

February 22, 2019

My flowers from here are always perfect. She never disappoints! Great quality!

Emma
Emma

February 22, 2019

So excited to make my own bouquet for my wedding!

Alexa
Alexa

February 22, 2019

so informative. looks fun!

Shelly Pender
Shelly Pender

February 22, 2019

Love the way the flowers can be easily reshapen.

Sue smith
Sue smith

February 22, 2019

I love your flowers. Check them out everyday on your Fb page. Soso many. And they arrive s pretty perfect. Plus now you have filllers. Thanks you two .

Nicole
Nicole

February 22, 2019

This blog post is going to be super helpful when I start putting together my bridal bouquets!

Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn

February 22, 2019

Wow this is super in depth!! I’d love to see some of those wine dyed flowers haha! Also almost sold me on one of those silicone mats – one day!! Lol

Julie Pratt
Julie Pratt

February 22, 2019

I have been admiring your flowers for a while. I finally bought some after Christmas but have been scared to do anything with them. After watching a few of your tutorials I’m ready! They are short and sweet and you make it look totally doable! Can’t wait to make my first project!

Maureen Marks
Maureen Marks

February 22, 2019

Awesome tips! Thanks for putting them in one place. I am a beginner so this was perfect for me.

Kylie Thompson
Kylie Thompson

February 22, 2019

Love love love sola wood flowers! I’ve ordered from this website before and it’s phenomenal! There’s so many options and things to create with sola flowers!

Ambre
Ambre

February 22, 2019

Cant wait to use these (the flowers and your tips/tutorials) to make my wedding bouquet!

SARAH SULLIVAN
SARAH SULLIVAN

February 22, 2019

So excited to use these for my wedding in September! You all have provided so many awesome tips!

Danielle Ingham
Danielle Ingham

February 22, 2019

I love all your work!!

Jessica Staley
Jessica Staley

February 22, 2019

I love diy projects. It’s so much fun.

bn100
bn100

February 22, 2019

looks nice

Misty Hill
Misty Hill

February 22, 2019

Love these flowers

shannon zeidan
shannon zeidan

February 22, 2019

These are awesome! Ive never heard of sola flowers before this.

Victoria
Victoria

February 22, 2019

Thank you so much! This is so much fun to do

Jennylyn Gross
Jennylyn Gross

February 22, 2019

Cool greats tips!

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