Weaving Lavender Bottles:
A Traditional Lavender Craft Gift Dating Back
I don't know about you, but the thought of getting my hands into this craft that dates back centuries makes me giddy. And once you make lavender bottles, you'll understand why this tradition has continued...
Picture yourself weaving your favorite ribbon through the stems of fresh lavender. As you weave, the sweet, relaxing scent of lavender absolutely permeates your skin and nose. Your entire house smells like a field of lavender.
Before you know it, you have a beautiful bunch of lavender, the flowers enclosed and kept safe by a cage of stems and ribbon. Will you give it away or keep it close? My advice - you may want to make enough for both!
Learn To Make These Fragrant Bundles of Caged Lavender
(known as "Lavender Bottles" by the Victorians)
The first thing I do when my lavender plants start to blossom is make lavender bottles. You need fresh lavender to avoid broken stems. I then make fresh lavender bouquets and herb wreathes with lavender flowers. What's left, can be harvested for dried lavender crafts, such as lavender eye pillows and neck wraps.
FYI - My first lavender bottle was a little messy, but since completing that first one, I've found the weaving to be easy and something I look forward to. The wonderful scent, the feel of the fresh lavender all over my hands and the idea of doing something so traditional and lovely... enjoy!
What to Do Once You've Completed These Lavender Flower Crafts?
Make lavender bottle name cards by weaving a bottle for each person, attaching a tag to each one with a name on it and placing them one by one next to a plate setting to show people where to sit. Then they get to take it home afterwards.
More ideas for lavender flower crafts:
Lavender Wands: Simple Flower Gift
If you don't grow lavender you can buy some fresh or dried to make lavender wands.
Lavender wands are small bundles of lavender, tied together with raffia or ribbon. They will scent a room and look lovely laid across the night stand or sitting on a table in a vase.
The buds tend to shed, however, so put them in a bowl, on a napkin or anywhere that you won't mind a few bits of lavender falling off.
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