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How to make lavender wands

by Timber Press on August 29, 2013

in Craft

177-06-LavOct--138-WEBLavender wands, also called lavender bottles, were fashioned in Victorian times for scenting drawers and cabinets. Thankfully, they are making a comeback. Lavender wands are worth the effort it takes to make them because they allow you to encase the scent of lavender in ribbon and enjoy the fragrance for years to come. Taking the time to create wands allows you to get lost in the moment while enjoying the aroma as you weave the ribbon around the stalks of lavender. They also make wonderful homemade gifts.

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  • Thin ribbon, approximately ½ inch thick, in any color you want, about 1 yard per wand
  • An odd number of fresh lavender stems from Lavandula ×intermedia varieties such as ‘Grosso’ or ‘Provence’; start with 15 to 17 stems to make a good-sized wand; you may want to
  • Increase the number once you master the technique
  • Scissors to cut the ribbon
Bending the stems over the lavender heads

Bending the stems over the lavender heads

1. Gather the lavender stems together, making the heads even at the top with the stems facing downward.
2. Tie a knot with your ribbon around the base of the lavender heads.
3. Flip the lavender heads upside down and one by one bend the lavender stems down as if you were peeling a banana. Use your fingernail to gently bend the stems over the lavender heads, being careful not to break them. Try to bend them evenly around the lavender flowers. This will help later as you begin to weave the ribbon.

Weaving the ribbon over and under

Weaving the ribbon over and under

4. The knot you tied at the bottom of the lavender heads should now be at the top. Here’s the tricky part. Begin weaving your ribbon between the lavender stems using an over-under pattern. As you are doing this, try to keep the stems evenly spaced around the flower heads to create uniformity. By the time you come around thelavender heads the first time, you should have gone either over or under each stem one time.
5. After the first pass, continue to weave the ribbon over and under each stem. If you are doing this correctly, a pattern should emerge, encasing the lavender in your ribbon. If you come to a place where you missed a stem, undo the ribbon and try to find where you missed one.

Continuing to weave the ribbon

Continuing to weave the ribbon

6. Eventually you will reach the bottom of the flower heads, and they should be completely wrapped in ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the bottom and tie a tight knot. Cut off the remaining ribbon. You can also use the additional ribbon to make another knot at the bottom of the stems so they don’t stick out.

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In 2005, Sarah Berringer Bader planted almost 5000 lavender plants with more than ninety cultivars and began propagating her own starts from cuttings. She opened her farm to the public and began holding the classes that inspired this book. Sarah and her farm, Lavender at Stonegate, have been featured in regional publications, on television and radio, and in Grower Talks and Country Gardens magazines.

All images by Janet Loughrey.

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“The best recent all-around lavender book with something for gardeners, crafters, and cooks alike.” —Library Journal

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1 Mary September 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm

My lavender stems break when I bend them back. Is there a trick. Should the stems be soaked or maybe picked earlier in the season or a time of the day

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