Every wedding ceremony has the bride looking resplendent in a beautiful ensemble and jewellery. But choosing regular jewellery can look repetitive. Don’t worry – flowers to the rescue! Wear floral jewellery for functions like the haldi and mehendi. It looks pretty, and is a welcome change from the metallic variety. You don’t have to worry about it getting it dirty with the mehendi or the haldi either!
• Types of flowers: This is dependent on the colour of your outfit. Also, on which flowers you are able to procure! You can use any kinds of flowers to make floral jewellery, but smaller flowers are better than larger ones. Some of the most popular ones used are roses, tuberoses (rajnigandha), carnations, orchids and jasmine.
• Longevity of flowers: Ensure that you keep the floral jewellery in the refrigerator after you make it or have it made. Don’t make it too much earlier than when you need it; a day or two before is ideal. You can wrap it up in a moist cloth and keep in fridge till just before you use it.
Different floral jewellery types
• Maangtika: You can use one with tuberose flowers as the chain and a bigger flower forming the maangtika.
• Earrings: These can be like big stud earrings or you can have them as danglers.
• Neckpiece: These can be as simple or as grand as you like. You can mix up the colours and neckpiece styles here.
• Armband: You can wear pretty armbands made of flowers with just simple bands or with a floral pendant in between.
• Bangles: One of the most common styles, this again can be in different designs.
• Finger Rings: You can attach flowers to a simple band to make a floral ring
• Hand harness: Connect the bangles and rings with strings of flowers for this.
• Kamarband: This is worn around the waist and over the sari or whatever you are wearing.
• Anklets: These are ideally done with smaller flowers for ease and comfort.
• Toe rings: Like finger rings, you can have floral toe rings as well.
• Strong thread and needle
• Fresh buds of small flowers like mogra
• Crystal stones
• Wooden beads (optional)
• Crystal ringed beads can opt with available ones
• Earring hooks
• Glue gun
• Marigold or other such bigger flowers (optional)
For the strings
• Cut the excess stems from some the buds of the small flowers, to make them into beads.
• String these together in a length you want for your neckpiece, maangtika, bangles, and so on. Keep the excess of the string on both sides.
• You can use any colour for these flower buds.
For the pendant
• Take the crystal bead and turn it upside down. Attach the small buds around it in a way that it looks like a flower with a crystal centre.
• Take petals from a coloured flower and attach it behind the buds making another layer of the flower. You can also use smaller leaves for this.
• You can make as many as you want of these – for the neckpiece, earrings, maangtika and so on.
• You can use different colours of crystals, petals, etc.
Putting it together
• You can take up as much length you need for the neckpiece and attach a pendant to it.
• Take two pendants and attach the earring hooks from behind and your earrings are ready! You can attach some string of buds below to make danglers.
• You can even attach the string to the hook, and the pendant below, but this can get heavy for the string of buds so you’ll have to attach two-three of the strings together.
• Make a maangtika from the pendant and a little of the string of buds.
• Bracelets or bangles too can be made with just the string of buds or with a pendant in between.
• Attach the pendant to a basic ring to make finger ring.
• You can also use the bigger flowers like marigold, or a sunflower instead of the pendant.