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Wood Flowers For Eco Friendly Home Decor
If you are bored of the same home decor items and want to try something new and not very heavy on your pocket too then wood flowers is really nice option for home decoration.
The best part of these flowers is that they are eco-friendly not like plastic or fiber flowers which are not eco-friendly and the second best thing is that they are quite cheap also.
Making of Wooden Flowers
Talent does not need education and guidance it finds its way on its own and in the same way who might have thought that the leaves and fruits found in forest will be of some use in our lives. But now people have become so much creative in ideas that in the hilly areas they collect these leaves and fruits and just do the complete makeover.
They make beautiful wood flowers and wooden pots for these flowers which are really nice decorative for our house. People who are a little bit concerned about environment are using these wood flowers for home decor and they have simply stopped using the plastic flowers.
There is no school where these people learn the art of making wood flowers or flower pots for these flowers. It is just a traditional art which goes on form generation to other by just seeing and learning. They go in the forest to collect these leaves and fruits and then start working on them to create these beautiful pieces. SO we can say it is a traditional handicraft which is passing on from one generation to the other.
Use of tree leaves
Since they are eco-friendly so they just use the dry leaves of the trees and mainly the leaves which have strong veins are used for making these flowers. SO peepal and Saakhu leaves are the best option for making the wood flowers because their veins are very strong even after they are dried so the flowers do not break.
These leaves are then kept submerged in water for few days; till they start rotting and no green part is left in them. When the whole green part gets rotten then they are taken out and very smoothly they are cleaned and with great care so that they do not break.
After Cleaning just the veins are left in the leaves and now these leaves are kept for drying. After drying these leaves become white in color. When they get properly dried they can be colored in desired color. That is why you can see variety of colors available in these wood flowers , Even the nature must not have so many colors as many color you can choose for these flowers.
Now after coloring they are gain dried and then they are folded and made to stick to a thin wooden stick. Before sticking the wooden stick is also decorated with beautiful colors. This way a nice beautiful stick of wood flower is prepared. One stick of wood flower costs you somewhere from Rs.10 to Rs.20 each. If the design of the flower is very intricate then it can be costlier too.
Such a beautiful eco friendly art is not only appreciated in India but these wood flowers are being loved and liked by people in various countries, because they are easy to maintain and a new trend to decorate your house. If the government starts supporting the people and this trade then it can flourish more across the borders to various countries.
Wooden Flower pots
Except for wooden flowers they also make wooden flower pots too and to make these pots Bamboo found in forests is used. The bamboo tress are cut and cleaned and then polished with wooden paint to maintain their natural look and texture. These pots are very much environment friendly and unbreakable too unlike glass and plastic or fibre flower pots.
Even the maize leaves are used to decorate these flower pots made from bamboo. The maize leaves are submerged on water just like wood flower leaves for few days and allowed to rot fully and then cleaned and then they are hand painted in different colours. Even the central part of sunflower is also used for decoration after drying and painting them beautifully. These wooden pots along with wood flowers create nice combo of natural beauty in your house for a new decor.
These wood flowers and wooden pots are not very costly as the material being used to make them is generally found in jungles. All the things used to decorate or make can be easily found in forests or farm fields. Since these leaves are already fallen or dried and of no use that is why you can say that wood flowers is something best out of waste. So making them does not cost much, it is just the cost of labour which is being charged.
Cleaning of wood flowers
Since they are made of dried leaves you cannot clean them with wet cloth or the normal way of dusting cannot be used to keep them clean. You need to pay special attention while cleaning otherwise they will get damaged. They are mainly cleaned with brush so that all the dirt and dust deposited in between the leaves get nicely cleaned.
If they are getting discolored then you can again paint them with the color of your choice, so that they start looking like new wood flowers. Some people have now started giving a bouquet of wood flowers and this is a nice option because fresh flowers do not remain for long so you have to throw them away after few days, but if you have been gifted a bouquet of wood flowers you can keep it for as long as you want and these flowers will not wither away like fresh flowers.
Places where you can look for wood flowers and wooden pots
These are mainly found in hilly area like Manipur etc. where people have adopted it as a trade. Dilli Haat is also another place where these flowers can be easily found. Many handicraft exhibitions also promote this creative business.
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