Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Simple Lavender Wand...

very simple, which is my preferred method for doing anything.

While the heavily braided lavender wands are quite pretty, I actually prefer this simple type because the lavender blooms are not covered up (and, of course,  it's much simpler)

I picked some lavender this morning while it was still cool outside.  I have a bumper crop this year.   This is just one of about 5 or 6 plants...


Here's enough for two wands...



Grab some ribbon from your ribbon collection. I used 1/8" inexpensive ribbon.  I buy it on sale and keep a drawer full.  The 1/8 and 1/4 inch is all I use for packages. 


Measure off a hunk that when doubled over is at least 6 - 8" longer than your lavender stems.  In this case the lavender stems are 14" long and the ribbon ended up 40" (20" doubled over)  total (which is probably going to be overkill) ...



 Tie the ribbon around the lavender right below the blooms and knot it...


 Pull the ribbon up through the middle of the blooms...


This is the part that confused me (I'm very easily confused) until I actually did it and saw how simple it was.  Hold the lavender upside down and fold the stems down over the blooms forming a little "cage" around the flowers...


Cute...


Now simply wind the ribbon around the stems and tie in a bow on the bottom.  



I made the other one in a different colored ribbon...


I like to display them in my antique celery dish (which I don't think has ever had celery in it).  I usually keep my fountain pens in the dish...


I linked to My Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday.  Stop over and see all the great links...

Coming up:

  • New garden tool belt 
  • Pizza on the grill

4 comments:

Susan said...

That was neat, Adrienne. Very, very cool. Loved the dish, too! Thanks for sharing your expertise. Susan

Adrienne said...

Adrienne,

These are darling! I'm not very crafty, but I think with your detailed instructions I may be able to make these.
I have two lavender plants in my front yard. It would be a fun project to do with my 15 year old stepdaughter.

That plate is gorgeous. Is it Limoges?

Adrienne

Adrienne said...

Susan - You're welcome, lovely lady...

Adrienne said...

Adrienne - the dish is Austrian. I don't recognize the mark. It was purchased at auction to be put in the shop I used to maintain at an antique mall. It never made it to the shop. It's really perfect for my fountain pens...

I know you can do these wands and it's nice to do them with someone so they can hold the wand while you wind the ribbon. I usually make hubby do that job.