Late-Blooming Lavender Craftiness
Good evening dear friends!
With all of this late blooming lavender floating around the garden, I couldn’t help cutting a bit more for my own personal use. Who doesn’t love the refreshing and relaxing scent of freshly plucked lavender? I’m used to the beautiful, fragrant flowers coming and going by mid- to late-summer, but several bushes have made the executive decision that the show must go on! There are so many wonderful projects involving lavender. Cooking, crafting, decorating… take your pick!
Today, though, I thought that it would be fun to use a hefty handful of lavender to make a scented wand that is meant to help the fabulous fragrance stick around for a while. Like me, maybe you’re attempting this project for the first time… but don’t worry! Even if your final product turns out a bit wonky or funny looking (which mine kind of did), it will still be just as effective and delicious!
First things first, cut an odd number of lavender flowers (I used about 25). Strip off the small leaves and little flowers from the bottom of the stems ( be sure to save the little bits that you remove to use as potpourri around the house!).
Cut around 1 meter/yard of your favorite ribbon. Supposedly 1/2 inch works best, but I went ahead and used a thicker recycled silk chiffon ribbon… just ’cause.
Gather your stems of lavender and make sure that all of the flower heads line up with one another.
Tie your ribbon in a knot underneath the lavender flowers before carefully folding the stems backward, one by one. Try to keep the stems evenly placed around the heads of lavender. Sometimes a stem might break, but try to avoid it if you can.
Holding the wand-in-progress with one hand and begin to weave your ribbon through the stems of lavender using an up-and-under pattern.
I found that weaving went smoother if you carefully pull out the “under” stems before weaving the ribbon through. I think that the aesthetics of the whole wand didn’t work out quite as planned because (among other things) a stem or two of my lavender broke while I was bending them backwards. This left me with an even number of stems to work with.
Once you’re finished, tie off your ribbon, cut the ends of the stems, and call it a day! You can lay it in a chest of drawers, tuck it under your pillow, rest it in between the clean laundry, or, leave it sitting in your bedroom like I did… yum! My room smells so fresh after only one afternoon of the magical lavender wand spreading its mesmerizing fragrance. This would also be super cute in a nursery! The calming effects of the lavender would work wonders on a fussy baby.
If you have a bunch of lavender growing in your garden, why not give this project a shot? It’s nice and easy, so long as you’re not set on creating some kind of perfectly symmetrical work of art. I think I’ll be making some more of these next year when I have more lavender in bloom! :)
Have a wonderful evening, and I’ll see you tomorrow!