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Fun With Dried Lavender Flowers: Craft Ideas and Recipes

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Lady Rain works as a daytime stock trader and writes about crafts and travels. She spends her weekends doing papercraft models and painting.

lavender-flowers

Lavender is an aromatic shrub with purple or blue flowers. The flowers are harvested for the production of lavender essential oil, which has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-stress properties. Lavender oil is used in aromatherapy for relaxation and can be found in skin care products.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cultivating Lavender
  2. How To Harvest Lavender Flowers
  3. Lavender Pot Pourri
  4. Lavender Wand
  5. Step-by-step Instructions On How To Make A Lavender Wand
  6. Cooking with Lavender
  7. Gluten-free Lavender Cookies Recipe
  8. Lavender Jelly Recipe
  9. Lavender Black Tea
  10. More Yummy Recipes
Lavender Fields in Tasmania

Lavender Fields in Tasmania

Cultivating Lavender

The most popular method of propagating lavenders is from cuttings. This method of propagation is fast and produces exact replicas of the original plants.

Lavenders can also be germinated from seeds but it is slow and the seeds have low germination rate. In addition to that, the seedlings take a while to grow before they produce any flowers.

Lavender needs plenty of sun and well drained soil to grow, with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. Organic matter like compost helps to balance the pH of the soil. Avoid waterlogged soils because lavenders will not thrive with soggy roots. Plants should be planted on a raised mound in areas with high humidity. This allows plenty of air circulation for the plants. Prune the lavender plants every year to promote growth and to extend the life of the plant.

Lavender flowers drying in the closet.

Lavender flowers drying in the closet.

How to Harvest Lavender Flowers

Lavender flowers are made into beauty products, hand made craft items and used in cooking. It is easy to harvest and dry lavender flowers. The flowers are harvested when the buds have not opened. The best time to harvest lavender buds in Australia is around early summer in December.

The flowers are harvested by cutting about 30 cm of the flower stem from the plant. Cut off enough stems to make a bunch. Tie the end of the stems together with a string or elastic band. Hang the bunch of lavender flowers upside down in a dry, dust-free and dark place, like a ventilated closet. Leave the flowers to dry for several weeks. The process of drying preserves the lavender flowers.

Lavender bags

Lavender bags

Lavender Pot Pourri

Remove the flowers from the stems and use them for potpourri. The flowers can also be stored in an airtight container to retain their fragrance.

Fill small sachet bags with dried lavender flowers. Put a bag of lavender in the drawer to keep linen fresh or hang it in the wardrobe for a light scent of lavender.

Lavender Dream Pillow

For a good night's sleep, fill a small cotton muslin bag with dried lavender flowers and place it inside the pillowcase of your pillow. The fragrance helps to relax the mind and promote sleep.

A Lavender Wand

A Lavender Wand

Lavender Wand

Lavender wands are fun and easy to make. They make great gifts for friends and for hanging around the house. When they start to lose their fragrance, just give them a gentle squeeze on the top for the flowers buds to release their fragrance. They stay fresh for years and the fragrance can be renewed with a few drops of lavender oil.

To make a lavender wand, take a bunch of fifteen fresh lavender stems. Tie them together with a ribbon just below the flowers.

Gently bend the stems over the flowers so that they form a cage around the flowers.

Weave the ribbon around the stems so that the flowers inside are all covered.

Continue wrapping the ribbon around the stems until it reaches the base of the flowers buds. Tighten with a knot and continue to wrap the ribbon around the stems tightly. Trim the bottom of the stems to desired length and wrap until they are all covered with the ribbon.

Fasten the ribbon with a thread and needle. Trim off the excess ribbon. Cut the ribbon on top of the wand to thin strips.

Cooking With Lavender

Not all lavender flowers are suitable for culinary preparations. Culinary lavender flowers are available from lavender farms and some health stores. The dried flowers of Munstead, Intermedia and English lavenders are suitable for cooking. Baked foods, syrups, jams, desserts and beverages with sweet lavender flavours make these treats so special and sensational.

A great way to create those special moments with lavender flavours at home is to make some cookies yourself. This is a gluten-free recipe for sweet lavender cookies for everybody in the family, whether they are on a gluten-free diet or not. The cookies are really awesome and nobody would even notice they are gluten-free.


Irresistible lavender cookies - they smell so good!

Irresistible lavender cookies - they smell so good!

Gluten-Free Lavender Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1¼ cup white rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon lavender flowers (can be grinded into powder if preferred)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt

Use an egg mixer to cream caster sugar, egg and butter. Sift rice flour, salt and baking powder into mixture. Add in lavender flowers and mix all the ingredients together into a soft dough.

Take two big teaspoonfuls of dough and roll into a ball. Place the ball on a greased tray and flatten it to about four centimetres in width. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

Bake in a preheated oven at 190°C for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and leave to cool on a rack. Eat some and store the remaining cookies in an airtight jar.


A bunch of lavender flowers.

A bunch of lavender flowers.

Lavender Flavoured Sugar

Put one teaspoon of lavender flowers and one tablespoon of white sugar in a blender. Blend until the flowers are very fine.

Add the blended mixture to 200 grams of white sugar and store in a sugar container.

Use with your favourite tea, coffee or herbal infusions.

Lavender Jelly Recipe

Fruit jellies and preserves made with a different flavour is something to look into this summer. Lavender flowers can be added to jams and jellies for an interesting new flavour. This is a quick recipe for lavender jelly.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup lavender flowers
  • 1 packet pectin (or according to manufacturer's instructions)
  • 3 cups caster sugar
  • ½ cup citrus juice (a mix of lemons, mandarins and orange)
  • 3 cups cold water

Put lavender flowers, citrus juice and cold water in a pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for twenty minutes to extract the lavender flavour. Strain the liquid and discard the flowers. Add in pectin. Simmer and stir until the pectin has dissolved.

Stir in sugar and let it dissolve. Boil mixture on high heat for 5 minutes. Pour into jars and store in the fridge.


Homemade lavender tea mixture.

Homemade lavender tea mixture.

Lavender Black Tea

There is nothing more refreshing than to sit down and enjoy a cup of lavender black tea to revitalise your energy after a busy morning.

It only takes a minute to make a homemade mixture of lavender black tea. Mix ten tablespoons of Lipton's black tea leaves with two tablespoons of dried lavender flowers. Mix the two ingredients together and store in an airtight jar.

To make a cup of lavender black tea, infuse one teaspoon of the mixture in a cup and steep for five minutes. Strain before drinking. Add milk and sugar if preferred. Serve with lavender cookies and relax with your favourite book or magazine.


Lavender Cookies and Lavender Tea.

Lavender Cookies and Lavender Tea.

Comments

lady rain (author) from Australia on December 25, 2014:

Nautical Oceans, not all lavender flowers are edible, just check that the lavender flowers you use in the lavender tea are suitable for culinary dishes. Thank you for leaving a comment here :)

Nautical Oceans from South Wales UK on December 25, 2014:

Ive heard of lavender in tea but was unsure, can't wait to give this a try. Ive got a small one in the garden from the garden center..happy days if this takes off! This article smells nice !

Rosangela Frita from Lisbon on February 04, 2014:

Cool Hub! I love lavender but never thought I could put into cookies or tea. Can't wait until I get my hands on some lavender to give it a go.

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 27, 2013:

anglnwu, the varieties I use for cooking are English Lavender(Lavandula angustifolia) and Munstead which have small flowers. French lavenders are more ornamental and are used for air fresheners or insect repellents. In general, ornamental varieties have butterfly-like wings on the flowers.

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 27, 2013:

RTalloni, you can save some cuttings and propagate them, too. You will get a few more new plants by next growing season! Thanks for your kind comment.

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 27, 2013:

starstream, lavender tea is great for relieving stress and promoting sleep. You should give it a try!

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 27, 2013:

thumbi7, you might be able to find dried lavender flowers in some craft stores. The dried flowers are often used in pot pourri sachets.

anglnwu on September 26, 2013:

This is such a glorious hub form the lavender wand to the cookies. I can use every one of these ideas. Right now, I've two types of lavender growing in my yard. Can you use French lavender for cooking? Loved it and shared.

RTalloni on September 26, 2013:

Lovely, aromatic lavender always makes me smile and say ahhhh... There can't be enough ways to incorporate this beautiful and comforting herb into our daily lives--your examples are super ones. Bravo on your work here!

I'm planning to install some close to a porch where they cannot be allowed to grow too big, meaning all the cuttings will make delightful mulch that repels bothersome bugs. Pinning to Arts and Crafts: Herbs--thanks!

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on September 26, 2013:

I gathe red a few lavender stems from our local neighborhood . The landscape is filled with lavender plants. These I will use just for fragrance. Thanks for this article. I think it would be fun to purchase some lavender tea just to taste it.

JR Krishna from India on September 26, 2013:

I just love this hub. Lavender everywhere... It is such a beautiful color. I have never seen lavender flower;but I like the smell in perfumes and soaps.

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 03, 2013:

brakel2, most lavender plants grow well in warm temperate climate. The lavender farms here are buzzing with bees and lavender flowers around October to December. You should also try using edible lavender flowers in cooking, your kitchen will be filled with lavender scent. Thank you for stopping by to leave your lovely comment here.

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on September 03, 2013:

I became interested in this hub because of my love of the aroma lavender vanilla. I have used many bottles of the lotion from the Bath and Body Shoppe. In addition, I put lavender candles in my favorite candle warmer. Your article shows me numerous ways to use the lavender flower. I don't know if that flower grows in this area, but Australia fascinates me with its beautiful country side and the famous people from that area. I believe we follow each other, and it is a pleasure to visit this well-written hub. I will stop by again. Blessings. Audrey

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 02, 2013:

Cyndi10, you can use less lavender flowers in the lavender tea mixture if you prefer a milder flavor. Thank you for commenting :)

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on January 02, 2013:

The lavender tea sounds inviting. Sometimes I find lavender alone very overpowering, but mixed with other fragrances and flowers, it's wonderful. There are so many ways it can be used. Thank for sharing some of them.

lady rain (author) from Australia on August 28, 2012:

bridalletter, remember to use culinary lavender when you make the lavender tea because not all lavender flowers are edible. Thank you for stopping by to leave a comment :)

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on August 28, 2012:

I want to try the tea. Cool craft idea to. Really enjoyed your hub.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 14, 2011:

It's awesome how many uses there are for lavender. Thanks for this great resource!

Kimberly Schimmel from North Carolina, USA on December 14, 2011:

There are so many things to do with this beautiful and useful flower!