Lavender crafts are among some of the most welcome handmade gifts any time of year. In this crisp fall weather I have recently picked several bunches of lavender as a small harvest I wrested from some very busy bees.
I adore the lavender bushes that surround my house. I enjoy the blooms from early summer into late fall. I occasionally cut a bunch of lavender to fill a vase or a sachet bag for the linen closet.
Drying lavender is easy. Simply bundle with string or ribbon into small bouquets and hang them to dry as illustrated in my laundry room, above. After drying you can use the blooms (and leaves) for many things.
Lavender crafting is an ancient art and the leaves, stems and blooms are used in everything from baskets to cooking, to scent, and to wreaths. The scent is said to be soothing and I love a misty spritz of lavender on my pillow in the evening.
If you need to separate the blooms from the stem, simply hold the stem at the top and slide your fingers down the stalk. Be certain to hold it over a paper towel or bowl to catch the buds. Pluck the very top buds off the stem. Continue this process pressing and holding the stalk a bit more firmly to remove the leaves.
I'm sharing some of the ways I use lavender and other easy and genius I've found that I like and think you'll enjoy too. Oh! And don't worry if you don't have access to fresh lavender, lavender buds can be found at your local health food store or dried lavender blooms can be purchased here. If you need it, Lavender essential oil can be found here.
12 Easy Lavender Crafts
Lavender Crafts and DIYs from Baking Outside the Box:
More Cute & Clever Lavender Crafts and DIYs:
And Of course it's alway nice to tuck a small ribbon-wrapped bouquet onto your bookshelf. -Enjoy!