I am really honoured to have a beautifully fragrant guest post today, from the ever so creative and nature loving Becky Goddard Hill from Simple Parenting Blog.
Oh I just adore lavender.
I like its rather wild dancing stems, its bright purple headed flowers and the sea of colour it creates as it grows in abundance. And the fragrance is just beautiful, a clean sweet scented fragrance that reminds me of lace handkerchiefs and fields and lovely spas, all at the same time.
I have longed to craft with lavender for a while but my sewing skills are rather limited and I never seem to have in what is need for bath salts and soaps.
I was looking for something super simple the required neither skill or ‘stuff’
As ever Pinterest offered up an array of ideas and I happened upon various lavender bottle inspirations. They looked so natural and lovely and apparently you can use them just as you would a sachet once they have dried out.
It took a few attempts and I improvised a few different sets of instructions before I arrived at a set of my own that worked for me.
Here is how I made ours…
Make Simple Lavender Bottles
- I gathered in 10 long stemmed lavender from the garden and allowed them to rest a little while to soften the stems
- I tied a little piece of string tightly round the bunch just under the flower heads and cut off the loose ends. Some people wrap the string all the way up and down the flowers to cage them but I like to see them free.
- I then pressed on the stem underneath the flower heads with the back of a spoon to help them become bendier.
- To finish, I bent each stem up and over the flower heads, getting the stems evenly spaced out to create a basket like effect.
- I ended by tying string round the cage to contain it and trimming the ends so they were even before hanging it up to dry out.
I am so pleased with the results. I now need to learn how to do the ribbon weave lavender wands — if you are ready for the more advanced stuff you can find a tutorial for these over at Red Ted Art
I do ♥ nature crafts. I run a weekly nature craft linky with Growing Family every Thursday called Naturally Crafty. Do pop over to my Simple Parenting blog and take a look.