There are many ways to use the lotus in artwork in addition to photography. I made cement molds from the leaves and use them as stepping stones, garden decor, water fountains, and bird feeders. The pods can be used for swatches for the door, arrangements, and holiday wreathes. With a bit of spray paint, you can transform the pod into a very crafty object. The attached photo shows me at a garden club event with my silver sprayed lotus pods arranged among Artemesia.