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How To Make A Lavender Wreath



I can never seem to get enough of lavender. I grow it, use it in my therapy room, make gifts with it and even cook with it! And as the lavender growing season has come to an end it is essential to cut the bushes back so that you have new growth next year. If not the bushes become woody and unattractive.


So when I do this, I firstly harvest the flowers and it takes a while as I carefully cut them away from the plant with scissors, but it's worth the effort. Then once the flowers are removed I concentrate on cutting the remainder of the plant back.


Every year I save the flowers; they smell incredible and I use them to make lavender bags and other gifts like bath soaks, wax melts etc. This year I wanted to try something different, so decided to try my hand at making a wreath.


It turned out to be much easier than I imagined and the results were great so I will definitely be making one next year too. Plus I still have some of the flowers that fell off the dryer stems, so will be able to save those and use them too!


So here is how I made my lavender wreath.


You will need:

A wreath frame ( I bought mine from Wilkos it was only £3 and made of twigs so looked attractive on it's own)

Lavender stems

Wire

Wire cutters

Scissors



To begin making the wreath attach the reel of wire to your frame. Then gather a bunch of lavender, doing your best to have the heads all the same height. Trim the ends of the lavender ( as stems are long and uneven) and offer it up to the frame and hold in place and wrap the wire around the stems. I found going around the stems twice was sufficient before moving on to the next bunch of lavender.


Don't worry too much at this point that the stems are sticking out. As you work your way round you can trim the stems in line with the frame before adding the next bunch of flowers. That's really it; work your way around adding a bunch to overlap the stems of the previous, wiring it and trimming previous bunches' stems.



When you get to the final bunch just very carefully wire and lift the first bunch of flowers heads to cover the final bunch stems. Trim the stems and it's done!


It would make a beautiful gift, but this time I'm keeping it for myself. Its hung on the lounge door on the hall side and as soon as you walk in the house you can smell the lavender, it looks so pretty. I am very pleased with the results.



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