This year I grew an herbal garden for the first time. I wrote a while back about growing and using chamomile. Lavender has also been somewhat of a success, although I am going to plant more than one next year! I’ll write about growing lavender later.
For now, I am all excited about a craft that even the seriously craft-disabled such as myself can manage. Lavender wands! I saw a basket of them at a u-pick berry farm last week. I didn’t even know what they were, so I had to ask.
When I got home I looked them up and found that they are used just like herbal sachets and are so easy to make! Plus, they stay fragrant and last for months. So I harvested the last 11 stems I had left on my one well-used lavender plant and got to work.
You can use satin ribbon or basic cheap curling ribbon from your gift wrapping stash. It’s not as pretty or, I imagine, as easy to work with as satin, but it does the job. Here’s my first attempt.
It looks sad, partly because the lavender I use has short flowering sections and partly because I only used 11. And partly because I stumbled through it with my fat fingers. I ended up buying a bunch of lavender from that same berry farm and tried again.
They had a flowering head about twice as long as the plant I grew this year. I also used 15 stems instead of 11 this time. Here’s the finished product. Much better!
- Take 11 or more lavender stems and line the flowers up.
- Tie the stems together just below the flowers.
- Turn the bunch over so the flowers are facing down.
- Start bending the stems by twos over the flowers, weaving over and then under.
- After two or three times around the bunch, start weaving one at a time instead of by twos around the thicker part of the wand.
- When it starts to taper down again as you move down the wand, switch back to weaving by twos.
- When you get past the flowers altogether, wind the ribbon around the stems for a few inches and tie off.
- Cut the stems off evenly.
A few tips:
- Make these as soon after cutting the stems from the plant as possible, otherwise they’ll be too brittle to bend nicely.
- Try your best to keep the weave tight and the ribbon rows close together – no big gaps between rows. This is harder than I thought, so I’m still working on it.
They are so fun and beautiful and smell wonderful! They’ll make great gifts in the coming year. 🙂