LAVENDER WAND DIY
Making lavender wands is reasonably straightforward but it can take practice. 1. Harvest fresh stems early in the morning on a dry day. Gather a bunch of stems (use an odd number if you want to weave ribbon through the stems – we haven’t done that here) at least 30cm tall. A good number to use is 13. 2. Strip away all the leaves. 3. Line up the bottom of the flower heads and tie them together, at the base of the heads, using string, as shown opposite. 4. Turn the bunch of flowers upside down and gently bend each stalk down over the flower heads. To make it easier, score the stem with your fingernail. 5. When all the stems have been pulled down, position them so that they sit evenly around the flowers, without overlapping. 6. If using ribbon, weave it under and over the stems now. Make sure the weave is tight. When the lavender dries the ribbon will become looser. 7. Continue weaving in rows until you have covered all the flowers. Tie a bow at the base. 8. If you prefer not to weave, simply tie string around the stems at the base of the flower heads.