About a month ago, a friend and neighbor of mine asked me if I'd like some lavender from her garden, as she ended up harvesting far more than she needed. I wasn't sure what I would do with it, but eagerly agreed. I debated between sachets, baking or cooking with it, making some homemade herbes de provence, or making a lavender wreath, something I had actually been longing to purchase for a long time but couldn't justify the cost of. In the end, the wreath won out. So, for the rock bottom price of $2.76 (what it cost me to get a small twig wreath base and some floral wire at our local Michael's), I now have my very own lavender wreath.
To make the wreath, you work with a small frame. Then, separate the fresh lavender into small bunches and lay them against the wreath. Tie them down tightly using the floral wire. Continue all the way around the wreath, then touch up any barer spots with more lavender sprigs, binding with floral wire as before. Finish the wreath off with a coordinating ribbon, hang, and enjoy!
Some credit must go to my husband. He was watching me put it together and said, "That looks like fun...Could I do some, too?" So, I did the basic wreath construction, and then Brian added in all the filler to make it look more lush. After assembly, we hung it up to dry in our bedroom, and now it hangs on the wall in our closet area, next to our bathroom. Unfortunately, that area of the house is entirely internal, so I wasn't able to get very good lighting while taking the picture. But, you get the idea.
* The Bookworm's Library has been updated: A Book of Feasts and Seasons by Joanna Bogle