Jan, our gracious hostess for the July meeting of our Saucy Sisters cooking group, has a beautiful home with lots of lavender beds. She orchestrated a Day of Lavender for us that included lavender crafts and some lavender infused food.
When we arrived, Jan had tea, coffee and scrumptious lavender scones waiting for us. While we enjoyed our refreshments, Jan explained the craft we were going to make — lavender wands. The finished product she showed us looked and smelled amazing.
Making Our Lavender Wands
We had been told via email to bring pruning shears to the meeting. Once we were finished with our coffee and scones, we headed out into the gardens with our shears to cut lavender for our wands — 11 stems. You can use more than 11 stems as long as you use an uneven number.
Jan had a basket filled with satin ribbon in almost every color, including several shades of lavender and purple, for wrapping our wands. We cut off one yard but, for some, that wasn’t enough so I recommend two yards. It’s much easier to cut some off than tie in and add more.
Then we set about the delicate task of bending the stems around the flower heads to form the cage. This part is pretty crucial to getting a nice looking wand. They need to be bent over at the same spot and evenly spaced. This seemed to be the challenging part for several participants.
Once we had our cage around the flower heads, we began weaving the ribbon over and under each stem. Everyone was really concentrating on their technique.
I was pretty pleased with the way mine turned out.
Jan also had a big bag of dried lavender flower buds for us to use to make sachets. This was pretty simple but these smell oh so good in my lingerie drawer! Everyone got to take home a container of lavender sugar that Jan had made for us ahead of time.
Do you have any favorite lavender crafts? If you’d like to try your hand at a lavender wand, download my step-by-step instructions.