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How To Make Lavender Wands

Updated on February 18, 2011

Making Lavender Wands

Making lavender wands is a fun and easy project. Since the scent of lavender is relaxing, this is a great project to do when you want to de-stress after a hard day. It also does wonders for a headache!

The finished wand can be used for scenting your clothing drawers, closets, and linen cabinets. Hang one in front of an open window for a natural home air freshener. They also make delightful gifts. The wonderful, old fashioned scent of lavender is something nearly everyone loves. I make up as many as I can in summer and give them out year round as special little “I’m thinking of you” gifts. They're always well received!

To get started you will need the following supplies:

· Several stalks of fresh lavender stems. An odd number is best (I use 9)

· About 1 - 2 yards (depending on how much extra length you want) of 1/8” or 1/4” ribbon

· Scissors

· Glue (optional)

Step 1: Preparing the stems

Your stems should be long enough to work with – at least twice the length of the flowering tops. They also need to be fresh and pliable so they won’t break when you bend them. You can let them wilt a little to make them even more pliable. Just don’t let them dry out.

Remove any extra leaves and small buds that form below the main flower head with your scissors. You can save these extras for use in a sachet or sleep pillow.

Step 2: Tie the ribbon

Bunch up your stems and tie the ribbon at the base of the flower heads. Tie it so there is one short end and one very long streamer. This streamer is what you will weave the wand with.

Step 3: Bend those stems

Hold your bunched & tied stems with the flowers pointing downward. Carefully bend the stems down, enclosing the flower tops inside. This will create a “cage” for the flowers that holds them in when they dry.

Step 4: Start weaving

Taking the long streamer in hand, start weaving it through the stems, over one, under the next, over the next, and so on. Hug each row of ribbon close to the previous row keeping it pulled taut and the flowers tucked inside the cage of stems. If you are making fatter wands you can go over two stems, under two stems, etc.

Keep weaving until all the flower heads are covered with ribbon. After they are covered, make a few wraps of the ribbon around the outside of the stems to hold them securely. Tie. Trim the bottom of stems to a uniform length. Hang to dry in a cool, dark place for a week or so. Once dried, the ribbon will loosen up a bit. Tighten it by working it from the top down until it’s snug again. If desired, glue the ribbon to secure in place using either a glue gun or a drop of liquid craft glue.

These wands are streamlined and elegant. You might like to try using a greater number of stems to make fatter wands (also called bottles). Get creative and tie other objects or herbs to the wand with the ribbon.

The scent can be refreshed by rolling the wand back and forth between your hands a few times with gentle pressure. After the scent has completely lost its power, you can put a few drops of lavender essential oil on the stems.

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      Jill Spencer 

      5 years ago from United States

      The wands are really lovely. I look forward to trying this next year. Voted up, etc. (: --Jill

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      Diana Campbell 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this Sue! Wonderful directions! Can't wait till my harvest this summer and it might be a wonderful Fall for the Garden fundraiser item for our Bonner General Hospital Healing Garden lavendar since we have so much to harvest there too!

    • Susie Writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks so much techygran! I love making them and giving them away. They just seem to bring so much joy to people.

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      Cynthia 

      6 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Hello Susie Writes, I just ran across this article and am so looking forward to weaving my lavender into wands this summer! Your photos are beautiful and your instructions are very clear. Voting up, useful and awesome!

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      Keri Summers 

      6 years ago from West of England

      SW, I haven't made any lavender wands yet, but I have made a "bunch of Hubs" about lavender. I hope you don't mind that I've included a link to this lovely Hub.

    • Susie Writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks vespa! I love making them - and giving them is even better. Lavender can be grown from seed though it is slow to germinate. Not sure about making wands with other varieties of herbs/flowers. Just off the top of my head, I can't think of any that are similar that would work. That's not to say there aren't any though. Do let me know if you experiment and post it here if you find something. Thanks again for reading.

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      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      These are beautiful and unique. I don't have access to lavender, though. I wonder if this would work with any other type of plant? I love the way you laid out this hub!

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      Keri Summers 

      6 years ago from West of England

      ps I loved the illustrations in this hub, and lovely clear instructions too.

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      Keri Summers 

      6 years ago from West of England

      I love this hub. Voted up. One of the reasons I am looking forward to moving, is to have a garden again, and I've always wanted to have lots of varieties of lavender bushes. I'd not heard of lavender wands, but will definitely be making some when that time comes!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thank you for sharing. I saw these lavender wands at an organic gift shop last summer and fell in love with them. Next year I will be making them for all my family thanks to you. (voted up and useful)

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Susie Writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan 

      7 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks for reading, Nell! I just love making these. They're so simple and they bring a smile to the faces of all who hold and smell them.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, what a great idea! these are really pretty, and as you said, great for headaches! rated up! cheers nell

    • Susie Writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan 

      8 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you, Citrus and Cagsil! I appreciate the comments.

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      Citrus000 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the recommendation Cagsil, that was a pretty neat hub. In addition to the content, I appreciated the photos and easy to read directions. I went to a holiday craft fair recently and I saw them there and thought lavender wands ... pretty neat idea! I agree, Lavender is a wonderful herb and does have de-stress properties. Cant wait to try this out next year! Thank you.

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      Cagsil 

      8 years ago from USA or America

      That was pretty cool. It was a well written Hub. Thank you so much. :)

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      Paula2 

      9 years ago

      Very pretty can't wait find some lavender to make some of these! Paula2

    • Susie Writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan 

      9 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks so much for stopping by cwrite! I make these each year and give them for gifts. Everyone sure loves to receive them! Usually the first one made doesn't turn out as nice as you'd like but keep at it. It only takes a couple of tries to get it down. Good luck and enjoy!

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      cwrite 

      9 years ago

      I grow lavender in my small "Shakespeare garden." What a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to make a wand.

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