The lavender is blooming right now and I thought it would be nice to share how to make a lavender wand.
The Victorian Age was such an era of opulence and I have always had a fascination for this period in our history. They made everyday items so beautiful. In one of the books that I read long ago, there were instructions on how to make a lavender wand. I had never even heard of such a thing but decided to make one with the lavender in our garden.
These lavender wands were also referred to as lavender batons or bottles. You can understand why when you look at the shapes.
The picture below shows the first lavender wand I made. Believe it or not, this wand is over thirty years old! Surprisingly, if you pinch the wand, a lovely lavender scent is still released!
How To Make A Lavender Wand
1/4 ” or 1/8″ Satin ribbon
Large blunt needle
Cut an uneven number of stems. Seventeen stems were used for the smaller wand above. Thirty-four were used for the one shown in the featured picture at the top and the following directions, seventeen were encased in another ‘cage’ of seventeen.
The first thing to do is to remove all of the leaves from the stems of the lavender.
Gather seventeen of the stems together just below the flower heads and tie securely with a ribbon. Cut the ribbon tails off close to the knot. Secure the bottom of the stems with a rubber band. (This will make it easier to discern which stems to be used when the remaining seventeen stems are added. It is the voice of experience speaking here!)
Place the remaining seventeen flower stems and position evenly around the flower bundle. Tie another ribbon securely around the base of the flower heads, knot, and trim.
Carefully bend and fold the loose stems down over the flower heads encasing them. Try to position them evenly around the flower heads. (I found that placing my thumb or finger right where the stem would bend and bending the stem gently over it helped bend it without breaking it.)
Secure those seventeen stems with another ribbon, tied, knotted, and trimmed. This will form a cage containing the flower heads.
Now, remove the rubber band at the base of the reserved seventeen stems and bend them over top of the stems forming the cage. These will be the stems used to weave ribbon over and under.
Cut a length of ribbon about 54″ long. Leave a tail about 12″ long and begin to weave the ribbon over and under the loose stems. Weave the ribbon somewhat tight and flat against the stems. The weave should not be loose since the flowers and stems will dry and shrink a little.
When the first row of ribbon has been woven all the way around the top and the second row begins, the ribbon should be woven the opposite, (either over or under), of the first weave. If the ribbon is under the stem on the first row, the ribbon should now be over the stem on the second row. Otherwise, it will not hold together. That is why you use an uneven number of stems. Check the picture above. Continue weaving the ribbon over and under taking care to keep the stems straight.
Continue weaving until the flower heads are completely encased in the woven stems. Thread a large blunt needle with the 12″ satin ribbon tail left at the top of the wand and thread underneath the woven ribbons down to the base next to the end of the ribbon at the base.
Wrap and secure with a knot. Continue wrapping the ribbon around the stems an additional inch and tie into a pretty bow.
These can be used to scent drawers or nestle among your linens. Hang in a clothes closet to repel moths. Isn’t this gorgeous? I love the plumper shape of this wand.
Now, you know how to make a lavender wand – another reason to grow lavender!
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