I have been busy drying lavender this past month! Do you grow your own lavender? If you do, I highly recommend harvesting it and using it around the house! It so beautiful both alive and dried.
Drying your own lavender is easy to do. It is easier than drying other flowers!
Here are the simple steps:
1. Harvest your lavender just before it's fully in bloom. Cut the lavender flowers just above the leaves. If you get some of the leaves, just pick them off. Don't cut the woody part of the plant. I harvest at dusk after the bees have gone home for the night.
2. Gather the lavender into a hand-size bunch. Tie the stems with string, rubber band, etc.
3. Hang the lavender bunch upside down. I attached my bunches to a hanger.
4. Find a cool dark place to allow the lavender to dry. I put mine in my closet - it made the closet smell nice and it was cool and dark in there!
5. Allow to completely dry. Drying times vary depending on how big you made your bunches, where you stored them, etc. I let these hang for 2-3 weeks.
Decorating with lavender is one of my favorite things! I filled my dough bowl this year's harvest of lavender, as you can see below. (Sorry for the picture quality, it was very difficult to get a good picture because it is so sunny here!)
Or, you can just wrap them up in a bunch and lay them on a table, like below...
You can make your own lavender sachets, like below. This sachet I happened to receive as a party favor from my relatives... they have their own lavender farm! It is very easy to make.... just dry your lavender as above. Then, once dry, you just pick off the flowers.
Here, I set up a French country lavender table using our home grown lavender.
Here is another pretty lavender sachet... Antique Style Blog used her antique hankies and turned them into these pretty sachets. Check out how she did that here.
How to make a burlap wreath blog teaches us how to make a dried lavender wreath! I love it!
Below in my centerpiece, you can see a dried lavender wreath too. I did not make it! Bought it at my favorite store in Napa!
This past Winter I trimmed the lavender so far back into the woody part all you could see was the woody party! I was afraid it wouldn't grow back! But it DID! Do you grow your own lavender?
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