Making Lavender Wands

Lavender Wands Tutorial

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.

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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!

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Here’s the gist:
  1. Take 11 or more lavender stems and line the flowers up.
  2. Tie the stems together just below the flowers.
  3. Turn the bunch over so the flowers are facing down.
  4. Start bending the stems by twos over the flowers, weaving over and then under.
  5. 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.
  6. When it starts to taper down again as you move down the wand, switch back to weaving by twos.
  7. When you get past the flowers altogether, wind the ribbon around the stems for a few inches and tie off.
  8. Cut the stems off evenly.

Done!

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. 🙂 

 
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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Pretty! I may have to try that: my lavender plant hasn’t died this year, either, so I could probably snag a few stems. 🙂
    Were you impressed with the scent of the ones they had at Berry Barn, though? I didn’t feel like I smelled much.
    It’s fairly easy to dry lavender (just tie in bunches and hang upside down. The messy part is gathering up the flowers and stripping the stems!) and I have made various sachets filled with the dried buds. However, they don’t last more than a year, max.

  2. Yah they had a lot of life left in them! With sachets and dryer bags you have to crush them a bit every once a while by squeezing them an letting out the oils. I just gave the lavender wand a little squeeze and it smelled great!

    You can even just put the stems in a vase and they’ll dry right side up too.

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  4. I love the smell of lavender alot! I have airwick plug ins all over the house with lavender in them. I am a new follower of your blog thru GFC and Facebook. I would really appreciate a follow back when you get some free time. Thanks so very much and have a great weekend!

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  5. Thanks for the visits everyone! Yah my thumb is only turning green because of persistence and the willingness to fail.. frequently. 🙂 Eventually I’ll get there! I’m having fun in the meantime.

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