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How to Make a Lavender Wand

Updated on August 20, 2015
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Lavender is Marlene’s favorite scent. She grows lavender on her urban farm, using lavender as a stress reliever and in fun lavender crafts.

Fragrant lavender wands are easy to make and are great to give as gifts.
Fragrant lavender wands are easy to make and are great to give as gifts. | Source

What is a Lavender Wand?

A lavender wand is a bouquet of lavender flowers weaved together in a technique that encases the flowers and buds of the lavender plant. The end result is a colorful bouquet that can be used as a fragrant and beautiful decorative piece.

How to Make a Lavender Wand

You can make lavender wands from lavender plants that you grow yourself or from lavender plants that you purchase from the gardening center. The idea surrounding lavender wands is to encase the flowers and buds so that they are captured for long lasting usage.

Equipment Needed:

  • Scissors
  • Ribbon (3/16th width spool)
  • At least 11 lavender stems (10 to 12 inches long)

Note: Once you cut your lavender stems, begin making your wand right away. If left too long, the stems will dry out and will crack, making it difficult to weave your wand.

Lavender Stems

Try to find stems that are at least 10 to 12 inches long.
Try to find stems that are at least 10 to 12 inches long. | Source

1. Select and Cut Stems

Select and cut stems that are at least 10" to 12” long (if possible). The longer the stem, the easier it is to work with the weaving process. Choose stems that have a flower or two that are already open. This will assure that you have harvested the lavender at its most fragrant time. You want to work with an odd number of stems to make the weave technique work out right.

You can create different sized wand heads for your lavender wand. The size depends on what you prefer. To make a:

  • Small-sized wand head select 11 to 13 stems.
  • Medium-sized wand head select 15 to 19 stems.
  • Large-sized wand head select 21 to 51 stems.

Any odd number of stems will work out fine, but the numbers mentioned above will yield standard, recognized lavender wand sizes.

Remove Leaves

Remove the leaves.
Remove the leaves. | Source

2. Remove Leaves

Remove any leaves that are below the bottom set of lavender flowers. Pinch these leaves off with your fingernail. They should come off fairly easily.

Note: The leaves can be saved, dried and used to create other lavender projects. To dry the leaves, place the leaves in a brown paper bag. Once a day, shake the bag to increase air flow to the leaves. In about 10 days, the leaves should be dry enough to use in other craft projects such as potpourri or lavender sachets.

Tie Lavender Stems Together

Tie lavender stems together, knot, then cut off excess ribbon.
Tie lavender stems together, knot, then cut off excess ribbon. | Source

3. Gather Stems

Gather the stems together making sure the bottom portion of the flower heads are all lined up at the same level. Now, just at the bottom of the flower heads, tightly tie the ribbon around the bunch of stems. Secure with a knot.

Trim off the excess ribbon.

Fold Back Lavender Stems

Fold back the stems to encase lavender buds and flowers.
Fold back the stems to encase lavender buds and flowers. | Source

4. Bend Stems

Bend the stems over the lavender buds and flower heads, spacing the stems evenly around the bouquet. This is how you encase the buds and flowers.

Weaving Lavender Stems

Weave the stems with ribbon.
Weave the stems with ribbon. | Source

5. Weave Ribbon

Begin weaving. Wrap the end of the ribbon around the first stem twice to secure it in place. Thread the ribbon under one stem and over the next. Continue until you have reached the base of the flowers.

6. Tie Off and Clip Excess

Once you have finished weaving, tie a knot to keep the weave together. Clip the excess ribbon close to the knot.

Decorative Bow and Trimming

Clip ends so they are even.
Clip ends so they are even. | Source

7. Tie Decorative Bow

Now, tie a decorative bow at the base of the flowers, covering the knot for a decorative finish.

8. Trim the Ends

Trim the bunch of stems with scissors so that they are even on the bottom.

Lavender Wand Tips

  • It is important to keep the weave tight so that the buds are kept securely encased.
  • I find that I have more success with the weaving process if I hold the lavender project as vertical as possible. This keeps the stems from overlapping and getting in the way of each other.
  • Be very gentle while handling the lavender stems because they will break if handled too roughly. If a stem breaks, simply cover the break with the ribbon or other decorative feature.
  • Craft store glue is great for adding decorative touches or covering up mistakes. Glue some rhinestones or gems to the wand for an added touch of whimsy or personalization.

Lavender Wands Last

Essential Lavender Oil can be used to revive old lavender wands.
Essential Lavender Oil can be used to revive old lavender wands. | Source

A lavender wand will last for at least ten years. As the lavender dries and the fragrance begins to fade, the lavender wand can be refreshed by crushing the wand between your fingers to release more fragrance. You can also revive a lavender wand by placing a drop or two of essential lavender oil onto the wand.

Other Uses for a Lavender Wand

To keep your environment smelling fragrant, place a lavender wand in your lingerie drawer, gym bag, or locker. Hang a lavender wand in your car or closet. Or, simply place a bouquet of lavender wands in a vase for a beautiful and fragrant display.

Lavender wands can also be used in aromatherapy treatments for anxiety, pain, and as a sleep aid.

Video: How to Make a Lavender Wand

The following video is only 1:19 in length. I like this video because it is short. It also shows some shortcuts that may prove to be preferable:

  • To secure the lavender stems, instead of tying, you could use floral tape.
  • To secure the ribbon, instead of tying, you could use a glue gun.

I prefer the technique of tying, however, you may find the techniques of using floral tape and a glue gun (as shown in the video) to be easier than tying.

Make a Lavender Wand

© 2013 Marlene Bertrand

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      Marlene Bertrand 11 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Hello Nadine May. I can imagine how wonderful it is to be in your garden. My favorite scent is lavender and I have found that these lavender wands make truly treasured gifts.

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      Nadine May 11 months ago

      I loved this post and since we have lavender growing in abundance in our garden , I will make some as gifts...Many thanks.

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      Marlene Bertrand 23 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Hello sujaya venkatesh. To hear you say it is easy is like music to my ears. That was the goal - an easy project. Thank you for letting me know.

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      sujaya venkatesh 23 months ago

      an easy make Marl

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thank you for your feedback, smw1962. I'm glad you liked the lavender wand instructions.

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      smw1962 3 years ago

      I love this idea. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thank you Eddy. Lavender is truly my favorite scent. Doing crafts with lavender is quite soothing.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and useful Marlene .

      Voted up and I look forward to many more.

      Eddy.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hello livingsta, yes, the lavender wands make awesome gifts. I haven't met a person yet who treasures their little lavender wand. They're pretty and they smell great. I have one in my pencil holder, so it makes the pencil holder look cute, plus the lavender scent is a stress-buster.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Rajan, I was surprised to learn that lavender wands lasted so long. I have had one for years and the scent is still there. I just pinch the wand a little and it seems to wake up the scent. It's quite enjoyable.

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is very interesting and beautiful. I love lavenders and their fragrance, so this is something that I should try and this will also make perfect little gifts. Thank you for sharing this with us. Voted up and sharing!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for this useful tutorial on making lavender wands, Marlene. It is good to know these wands last as long as ten years.

      voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Kathryn! Thank you for your comment. I hope you get a chance to make a lavender wand. It is so relaxing. The whole time you're making the wand, the scent of lavender is so wonderful.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I love lavendar, and this looks like a fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing this with us. When have access to lavendar, I want to try to make one of these. In the meantime, I enjoy my scented essential oil for the pleasing, relaxing scent.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Rusticliving - Hi Lisa. Like you, I enjoy lavender plants and the things that can be made with lavender. Thank you for your comment. I am glad you find the instructions easy to follow. I hope you get a chance to make a lavender wand with some of your lavender plants.

      AudreyHowitt - Yes, they do make great gifts. They are fun to make and people really enjoy receiving them, especially when you make them decorative to match their home decor.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      What a wonderful gift idea! Thank you!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I absolutely love lavender! I have several plants growing in my yard which are now starting to come back from the winter. I have used my lavender for pot pourri , incense, and drawer pillows to freshen my clothes. I have always wanted to learn how to make a lavender wand. Once it has dried, it can be used to smudge as well. Your design and layout is wonderful Marlene and so easy to follow. I love the video as well. Thank you so much for providing us with this information! Voted up+UABI and shared. --- Lisa

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Arlene! Yes, you missed a fun class when you left early. But never fear, Marlene is here! Lavender wands are fun to make and the whole time you're making them you're getting a delightful whiff of the lavender scent.

      I tried your recipe for the lavender lemonade and really enjoyed it a lot. Do you have a recipe to share for your lavender cookies? I'd love to try it.

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      Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

      Marlene, what beautiful work! I toured a lavender farm in Lincoln a few years ago, but I did not utilize my time properly. I drank all the lavender lemonade offered, but I didn't stay for the class on making lavender wands. I went with a group of seniors, and I had to leave because the perfume they were wearing overpowered everything. I love lavender. I love cooking with it, too. My favorite Christmas cookie happens to be delicate lavender cookies. They are a hit with everyone!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi alocsin, yes lavender is a beautiful plant. Generally, lavender grows best in locations that receive full sun. Lavender is a perennial plant that blooms from Spring to the cold frosty winter months. I live in northern California and I noticed I had one lavender plant that had a bloom all year. I know that is unusual, but the treat is that all of my lavender plants stay green all year long. Some of them are starting to bloom now and those are the ones I used for making my most recent lavender wand.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I love this aromatic and beautiful project. What season does lavender grow in? Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Denise. Your feedback is so welcomed. I'm glad you found the directions detailed. I hope they are also easy to follow. Enjoy making your wand. By the time you are done you will feel so relaxed.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow-what a beautiful craft for these aromatic plants. I would love to try this. Thanks for the detailed instructions and video. Sharing/UP and across.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      suzettenaples - I hope you have a chance to make a lavender wand. It is a lot of fun and the whole time you are making it, the scent just fills the air.

      ChitrangadaSharan - Thank you for your feedback on the instructions. I am glad you find them easy to follow.

      Sharkye11 - I like to put lavender wands in vases. Using different color ribbons adds a decorative appeal.

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      This is so fun! I have a lot of lavender, and this would be a great way to preserve it! These wands would also make great decorative touches. Thanks for sharing these great directions!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hmm......I can almost smell the fragrance. It would be so interesting to make them, following your clear step by step instructions. Lavender is one of my favorite fragrance.

      Beautiful and so creative! Thanks for sharing.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a unique and wonderful idea! I like this very much and your directions are so easy to follow. What nice gifts they also make. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. Voted up and shared - and smelling so nicely! lol

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Bill, thank you for your feedback. I would love to learn how to make necklaces. Perhaps you could write a "How To" for necklaces.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very clever my friend. We use lavender quite a bit. We used to make necklaces and sachets....not so much lately. I'll pass this on to Bev. Thanks for the idea.

      Have a restful night.

      blessings,

      bill

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