Dried Lavender Buds
What is Lavender?
Lavender is a flowering plant with over 39 species. It is used in cooking, medicine and decoration. Lavender has a very distinct and beautiful aroma that is oftentimes used for aromatherapy, relaxation and sleep-aid. Hanging a lavender wreath in your bedroom will add a hint of natural beautiful to your décor as well as help to soothe and relax you at the end of the day.
Where Can I Find Lavender?
I purchased my lavender online and it arrived dried and bundled. You can purchase lavender from a nursery, florist, farmer's market or online. Some areas even have annual lavender festivals.
What Kind of Lavender Should I Use to Make a Wreath?
I personally used dried French Lavender. I purchased my lavender on the web from The Garden Gates Online so I wouldn't have to run around town and waste time or gas. This site sells them by the bunch for $9.50. A bunch has approximately 150 stems and the stems are about 16" long. I ordered two bunches and had plenty to cover a medium-sized heart-shaped wreath and have a little left over to put in a vase or hang on the wall. I was worried that using dry lavender would be a messy endeavor but it barely made a mess and I hardly lost any dried flowers in the process. Having said that, it's probably easier to work with freshly cut lavender, but I did just fine.
Heart Wreath Form
You Will Need:
- a wreath *
- wire cutters
- Spanish moss (optional)
- glue gun (optional)
- needlenose pliers (optional)
*I purchased this heart grapevine wreath at Michael's craft store for $5.99. It measures approximately 12 inches across (where it is widest) and almost 12" tall.
Depending on what your wreath is made out of or how you want it to look, you might first cover your wreath with Spanish moss (use a glue gun). I think the twigs and sticks on this wreath are charming, so I don't want to cover them up.
Grab a handful or half of a handful of lavender stems (depending on your desired coverage). Holding them in a loose bunch in your hand, invert them on their heads (flowers) and loosely tap them down on a surface to get them somewhat even. Don't make them line up too perfectly-- you want it to look natural. Cut most of the stems off with scissors so your bunch is easier to handle and work with.
Floral Heart Wreath
Decide which direction you'd like your lavender to go (clockwise, counterclockwise, or multi-directional). The lavender bunches in my pattern graduated upwards and met at the top of the heart.
You may want to use a small piece of wire to hold your bunches together as you work and then use a second piece to secure it to the wreath. If you want some of the branches to show but not have unsightly wire showing, secure your small bunches to just a few of the topmost layers of branches (rather than wrapping your wire around the wreath completely). This heart wreath has a sturdy wire frame throughout, so I used that as an anchor as much as possible. Secure each bunch of lavender by tightly tying it to the wreath with wire. Twist excess wire like a bread tie and tuck inside wreath to hide. Twisting and handling the wire can be done by hand or if it's easier for you, use a pair of needle-nose pliers. Continue this step until your wreath is covered.
Working in one direction allows you to cover up the wire that holds the previous piece. Working in multiple directions, like I did on this heart wreath, you might need a glue gun for the last step.
- Use just a few sprigs and some hot glue to hide the wire and you're finished!
- Use scissors to trim any rogue stems that might be sticking out.
- Use a dab of hot glue here and there for any spots that aren't resting the way you'd like.
- Loop, twist and secure some leftover wire to the back of your wreath for hanging.
Quick and Easy From Start to Finish
Lavender Heart Wreath for Door
This was my first time making a wreath and I loved it! This project was easy to make plus the beautiful smell of the lavender was very relaxing. If you want this lovely wreath without the aroma, simply use fake plastic lavender bunches from the craft store.
Princess from PH on August 24, 2017:
good job on that wreath! thanks for the instructions!
Leah Wells-Marshburn from West Virginia on April 20, 2013:
I wish I was crafty enough to make this. I absolutely love lavender. It is such a wonderful scent. You did a beautiful job on the wreath!
carol stanley from Arizona on August 30, 2012:
Great hub on something I love ...Lavender. Thanks for sharing great instructions. I am going searching for Lavender. I use the oil all the time. Voted UP.
Heather (author) from Arizona on August 29, 2012:
Garden gates online
Lee Tea from Erie, PA on August 29, 2012:
Whoa! That's BEAUTIFUL!! And oh, the smell...thanks for your well-written and easy to follow hub, I'll have to make two - one for my door and one for inside :)
Can you tell us who you bought the bundles from? My lavender plants are already all harvested.