It’s that wonderful time of year to harvest lavender. Yes, I know it’s hard to cut down those beautiful purple, sweet smelling buds from your garden. But if you don’t they will just get old and start to turn brown and then you will wish you would have cut them when their colors were brighter and stronger smelling. There is about a two week window to cut the blossoms when they will be at their best.
All you need for this project is:
- Fresh Cut Lavender (cut the stems as long as possible, just above where the long stems come out of the leafy area of the plant).
- Ribbon (you will need approximately 1 1/2 yards) per wand. Any width of ribbon will work.
- Scissors (for cutting ribbon and to trim the stems)
This is a very relaxing and rewarding project. So gather some friends or family around and do a little weaving. It will give you some time to SLOW down, do a little chatting and enjoy some aromatherapy as well. Your house will smell fabulous!
|Choose 17 or 19 stems. Doesn’t really matter how many, you will just need an ODD NUMBER of stems. Use your fingers to strip all the leaves off of each stem.|
|Arrange the stems so the bottom of the blossoms are even. Take the ribbon and tie around at the base of the flowers. (leave about a 12 inch tail). Pull the ribbon tight and knot.|
It will become addicting, you will want to make another one using a different color of ribbon, before you know it you will have a handful.
By the way, these are great to attach to a gift, or make it a gift in itself with a thoughtful note attached.
They will store in a zip bag or plastic shoe box for a very long time. They keep their scent for years.
What do you do with these colorful, sweet smelling beauties?
Throw one in your linen drawer, or your closet. My son made one for his car and one for his rock climbing shoes. LOL! He wanted me to make him one, and I told him he had to make his own. So he did, and I think he really enjoyed it.
Save the lavender you do not use to make sachets and other things. Let the stems dry out a few days and then get a big bowl and strip all the blossoms off by sliding your fingers down the stems. The blossoms will fall off into the bowl. Place the blossoms in a tightly closed jar until you are ready to make other projects.
TIP: I keep a jar of dried lavender handy to throw on my carpet before I vacuum. Smells nice, keeps your vacuum bag fresh and lavender is a natural spider repellent that is nontoxic to humans and animals!!!!
TIP #2: Tie a bundle of lavender together with a ribbon and hang upside down to dry. Pull a few sprigs out to tie in a bow on top of a gift package or tape to an envelope.
I love lavender, and so will you………….and I didn’t even get into the benefits of using the essential oil of lavender. That will soon follow in a future blog.
Until then, get weaving!