How to Make a Lavender Wand
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.
- 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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