It's that time of year that the fragrance of Lavender bushes keeps us awake until the stars appear out of the evening skies. At least that is what it does for me, besides allowing my mind to gently drift toward my pillow. Lavender is said to be a calming or relaxing scent. I find this to be true for me. Lavender wands have been around since Edwardian times. Most blogs and YouTube videos that I looked up all had woven theirs using one stem at a time. You may chose to do whatever you like with yours of course. I chose to do two at a time with mine using 18 stems total.
To make wands you will need these items listed below:
18 stems of blooming lavender about 12" to 18" long
3 1/2 to 4 feet of ribbon or satin ribbon 1/2" to 5/8" wide
Kitchen scissors or all purpose scissors
With your 18 stems start to line them up so that the bottoms of the blooms are matched with one another.
Tie the ribbon on the gathered stems just below the blooms about 1/4".
Turn stems upside down.
Begin weaving ribbon with stems one or two stems at a time. I personally chose to do two at a time. It's up to you to however you'd like to do it. The first two stem need to be gently pulled down then placed the ribbon over the top of it. Next pull two more down and place over the top of the ribbon. Continue in this manner until all stems are down. Keep weaving ribbon two stems at a time until you get to where there are no longer any blooms and only the stems remain.
Start to wrap the stems until you get about 1" from the bottom of them. Tie a knot. Then tie a bow using the images below to help you along the way.
Rip off excess leaves at the bottom.
Tie a knot.
Starting the bow. With the back of your hand holding the knot, loop the ribbon over the top with excess length on either side of the wand and into the back.
Place ribbon back over the top.
Holding the ribbon steady on the top and against your leg at the bottom, tie your bow like a knot using the excess ribbon on either side of the wand.
Once you've got your bow into place you may open the bows gently and firmly.
Cut the stems of at a right and left angle.
The wand will take some time to dry, perhaps 5-7 days. You could keep it in a clothes drawer or by your night stand and if you rub the blossoms together it will revive the smell again and again. You could also add lavender oil to it as it gets older to keep its smell longer. I heard that they can last for many years though.
I would be very pleased and appreciative if you could kindly let me know if this blog entry was at all useful to you. When I first looked up how to make my own lavender wand it took me about three different sites to figure it all out on my own. I hope the instructions and photos will give you everything that you need to make your own.