Dec 19, 2012

Lavender Wreath

Since the first wreath I made this winter ended up on the chicken coop door, I still needed one for the front door of our house. As luck would have it, I neglected to cut back the lavender this fall and it's still growing in front of the house, so I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone and cut back my lavender to make a wreath.

MATERIALS:
lavender leaf stalks
lavender flowers
ribbon
Floral wire
sharp shears
a wreath form (optional)

I debated using a wreath form, but since some of the lavender stalks were so woody, I felt they were sturdy enough to hold the wreath's shape. The next time I make a wreath of this size, I will use a form because it was a little heavy. I made some smaller wreaths for gifts, which needed no form. 

Bind together 2-4 stalks of lavender leaves with floral wire into a bunch. Cut excess stalks below the wire. Make a second bunch. Join the stalks together by overlapping one bunch on top of the other and securing it with wire. Make a long rope the diameter of the wreath desired with this technique. 
Obviously these are the flowers, but the binding technique is the same.
To make the rope into a circle shape, wire the last bunch underneath the first bunch. 

To make the flower accent for underneath the bow, tie bunches of lavender flowers together with the bottoms of the stalks meeting in the middle. I used lavender I had harvested this summer as well as French lavender that I had purchased for a different project. 
Wire flowers to the wreath. Tie ribbon in a bow and attach it to the top of the lavender flowers.
 Lavender Garden Cottage

33 comments :

  1. Just adorable! Hmm...maybe I need to cut back my rosemary.... :)

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  2. Great idea, I bed it smells wonderful:)

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  3. Langela Richardson12/19/12, 7:13 PM

    So pretty on your bright red door!

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  4. Beautiful, and it smells good, too I'm sure!

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  5. very nice wreath! and it doesn't look too hard to make!

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  6. deborahpucci12/19/12, 9:04 PM

    Thank you for stopping over at Debby's Tree. My main blog is Just Breathe. Your blogs is awesome. I will be following you. Beautiful wreath you made. So nice to meet you.  Debby

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  7. TheChickenChick12/19/12, 10:33 PM

    YESSSSS!

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  8. TheChickenChick12/19/12, 10:34 PM

    It's amazing and it was wonderful working with it!

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  9. TheChickenChick12/19/12, 10:34 PM

    Thank you Langela. ♥

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  10. TheChickenChick12/19/12, 10:35 PM

    It really does. My 4 year old asked me to make her one for her room! :)

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  11. TheChickenChick12/19/12, 10:35 PM

    Thank you! It's not difficult at all.

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  12. TheChickenChick12/19/12, 10:35 PM

    Hi Debby! Thank you for joining us!!

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  13. maria tomato12/20/12, 12:28 AM

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comment. I am glad you did and I found this beautiful blog, that I am following now too. 

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  14. I love the smell of lavender. Nice!!

    Happy Thursday!

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  15. I'll bet that the wreath smells heavenly...it is so pretty. If mine ever grows I hope to make one next year.  Thank you for stopping at my little place and inviting me to participate in the blog hop, and for becoming a follower, and for leaving a comment.. Always a joy to meet new folks. There is much to read & learn here about the yard bird :)... 

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  16. I may see if I have enough lavender now, before it snows, to make one for January.  Would be a nice scent for the dark, bitter cold days of winter coming.
    Linda

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  17. Nancy Roberts12/21/12, 10:17 AM

    I can only imagine how wonderful the aroma was while working on this wreath! This looks beautiful...looks like you were working with a french lavender plant maybe?  The branches on mine aren't quite so tall but I have Munstead and Hidcote varieties.  I love this one!  Thanks for sharing this... :)

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  18. Tracy Joyner12/21/12, 1:43 PM

    I love the lavendar wreath! It's beautiful and I love lavendar...

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  19. TheChickenChick12/22/12, 5:24 PM

    Thank you for joining us Maria!

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  20. TheChickenChick12/22/12, 5:27 PM

    Thanks so much for joining us, it's nice to have you here!

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  21. TheChickenChick12/22/12, 5:32 PM

    I have no idea what kind of lavender it it; we got two, tiny plants at a yard sale years ago and now it's everywhere!

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  22. TheChickenChick12/22/12, 5:32 PM

    Thanks Tracy. :)

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  23. joely pentlow12/22/12, 11:09 PM

    Wow, I love it! Inspires me to grow some lavendar next year :-)

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  24. Madelyn Bloom12/23/12, 10:41 PM

    What a lovely wreath and the foliage has a scent too... Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #62! 

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  25. Oh my goodness this is so perfect!  I'm excited about your blog and your great recipes!  Thanks so much for stopping by...Merry Christmas!  XO, Aimee

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  26. TheChickenChick12/24/12, 11:03 PM

    Thank you Aimee, Merry Christmas!

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  27. It's beautiful and I bet it smells lovely too! Thanks for sharing at repurposed ideas weekly.

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  28. Marci Vaughn12/27/12, 7:03 AM

    This wreath is gorgeous.  I bet the fragrance in your home as you worked with the lavendar was unbelievable!  Thank you for sharing this post with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop!  -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  29. DianaRambles1/2/13, 10:39 AM

    Absolutely beautiful!

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  30. Cathy Trochelman1/7/13, 9:53 PM

    This is so pretty!

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  31. mayceegreene9/5/13, 11:44 PM

    Um, it's gorgeous!! I need a pretty wreath like that hanging on my front door.

    Maycee (Brent Cornelius)

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  32. I have lavender that I can use. How long do you think this wreath keep outdoors?

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  33. Dawn Fenner6/20/14, 2:22 PM

    Love it!

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