• How to Make a Dried Lavender Bouquet

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    Dried lavender bouquet

    Dried lavender bouquet

    It’s late June and it’s that time of the summer… The lavender is just starting to bloom out in the garden! So what to do with all of those lovely purple blossoms? You have a thousand choices, but one of my favorites is preparing to make dried lavender bouquets. Making lavender bouquets is probably the easiest way to put lavender to use. Here is how you do it:

    Step 1: Enjoy the blossoms and then cut

    Picking a lovely flower is always a drag to me. One of the best parts of lavender is that to dry it you do not need to pick it when the flowers are at their prime.  You can wait to cut your lavender blossoms and enjoy them in the garden until they start to look a little spent. Once they do, then go ahead and cut them. Cut them with long stems, as close to the plant as you can without cutting off too many sets of leaves. (Your lavender may even re-bloom again later in the summer because of the trimming!)

    Step 2: Dry the lavender

    After the haircut, next it’s time to dry. Some people hang lavender to dry it, but I have found that some of the little flowers can fall off in the process, and to me that is a waste. Instead, put the cut flowers inside of a paper sack. Arrange them loosely so that they are not all clumped together but also without severely bending the stems. The point is to give them room to breath and dry straight so they’re ready to bundle into bouquet. Store the paper sack in a room-temperature, dry place like a closet. Drying may take a couple of weeks.

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    Step 3: Shake off the loose flowers and prepare stems

    (For this step you will need a paper towel.) Once your flowers are dry you can remove them from the sack. When you do that, give each stem a little shake to remove loose flowers. Lay the stems of flowers all the same way on the paper towel. At this point you might want to separate stems with fewer flowers into a separate pile. Pour all of the loose blossoms left in the bottom of the bag into a container and save them… they make lovely filler for sachets.

    Step 4: Bundle!

    Choose 5 to 8 large flowers (stems with lots of dense flowers) and grasp them in your hand. Make them so that the flowers are all at the same height above your fist. Choose 5 to 8 small flowers (stems with fewer flowers or less dense flowers) and add them to the outside of the ones in your hand. Distribute the small flowers evenly around the outside of your bouquet.

    Step 5: Adjust and shape

    Time to practice your artistry! Shape your bouquet by pulling up or pushing down on the flowers to make a the bouquet a shape that is pleasing to your eyes!

    Step 6: Tie and Cut

    (For this step you will need several 6-12 inch pieces of ribbon prepared ahead of time… I recommend pink, white or purple. Narrow strips of something natural like raffia also look nice.) Lay out a strip of ribbon on a flat surface, probably your dining room table. Gently place the stems of your newly sculpted bouquet into the middle of the ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the stems and secure by tying a bow. You can still adjust the height of the flowers by pulling them up and down if you need to. Once they are all in place… cut the bottoms off of the stems so that they are all relatively the same length.

    Ready to display! My favorite display option is in a vase, but larger bouquets look lovely hanging on a door or wall.

    Have fun crafting with home grown decorations from your garden!

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9 Responsesso far.

  1. Flowers have a curious magical power over people. Not only do they add to our present but are also linked to our past. Dried flowers, in this respect, are an important part of our lives.

  2. Ruth Ridley says:

    The great thing about dried lavender is that its fragrance is long lasting. Did you know you can actually tell whether you’re going to get a good colour of dried lavender by checking the bush before you start?

  3. The scent of lavender has been proven to lift people’s spirits by fighting depression, can relax the mind after a grueling day, and can even help soothe body aches and pains. When used in our homes, lavender can enhance our moods and make life more enjoyable. There are many ways to use the power of lavender and incorporate that power into our daily lives. These gorgeous purple flowers can be dried and used either in stalk form or through the dried buds of its flowers. You can also purchase lavender essential oil for a highly concentrated source that will give a tremendous amount of aromatherapy with using only a few drops of the oil.

  4. garden bay says:

    If you have never grown lavender in your garden or landscape, you are missing out on the most fragrant plants available. My experience with growing lavenders is that they are ever dedicated to making my garden a mysterious, magical wonderland and me a better person because of it. This may sound strange, but if you have ever grown lavender in your garden, you understand.

  5. My wedding is in January and I would like to use lavender for the bouquets and centerpieces, but I want it to be fresh and alive. Any ideas?

  6. Indigo says:

    @Ronald… yes actually, there is a great little lavender wreath tutorial by Post Road I found a while back. These would make lovely centerpieces as well as wreaths for hanging.

    ~i

  7. Will the flowers be brittle and break and will they add enough color and should I put other flowers with the lavender? If so what kind of flowers work well with dried lavender? Please send pics of any ideas using lavender.

  8. Wrap the taped stems in a wide ribbon, leaving some to trail and curl. This is an element in nearly every tossing bouquet, for both its practicality and attractiveness. Accent it by wrapping narrower ribbon over the wide one, and cutting them long to give a pretty flying effect. If the ribbons you use fray, run a line of craft glue or hot glue over the ends and let dry.

  9. Wanda says:

    Thanks for the post!!

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