A wreath made of lavender is a delight for the senses with its fragrant, relaxing scent. It's perfectly at home on a front door or a fireplace mantel, and it also makes a heart-felt gift.
Things You'll Need
- 12-inch grapevine wreath form
- 24-gauge paddle wire
- Spanish moss
- Hot glue gun
Select your wreath form, which can be purchased at your local craft store. A grapevine form is recommended for this wreath, as the vines look like an extension of the lavender. Although we used a small 12-inch wreath form in this example, the finished wreath will be larger because of the way the lavender is arranged.
If you are using freshly picked lavender from your garden, dry it by hanging bunches upside down. This process will take about two weeks. You can also purchase dried lavender online directly from lavender farms.
Gather bunches of lavender that consists of about 20 sprigs each. Arrange the blossoms so they are spread out, instead of having them all at the same height – this will result in a fuller wreath with less of the stalks showing. Cut the bunches to about 10 inches and tie a rubber band around each bunch. You will need about 12 to 14 bunches to complete the wreath.
Tie one end of the paddle wire to the grapevine form. Paddle wire, which is florist wire on a paddle, comes in various thicknesses. The 24-gauge wire is relatively thin and very easy to work with.
Position the first lavender bunch on top of the wreath form at an angle. The lavender blossoms should extend past the outer edge of the grapevine. Wrap the paddle wire twice around the bottom end of the bunch to secure it. Do not cut the wire yet. You will keep it on the paddle while going around the wreath.
Position the next lavender bunch on top of the first. It should also be at an angle so that the blossoms are adjacent to the blossoms from the first bunch, extending past the outer edge of the grapevine. Wrap the wire twice around this second bunch to secure it. Don't worry if the rubber bands are still visible, they will eventually be covered by additional lavender bunches.
Continue around the wreath form with the lavender bunches. Because they are attached at an angle, the bunches will spiral out from the grapevine like a pinwheel.
When you've gone all the way around, tuck the end of the last bunch underneath the first bunch to hide the rubber band. After wrapping the last bunch with wire, cut the wire and tie it to the back of the grapevine form.
Because of the way the lavender bunches are arranged, you will probably see some wires on the inside edge of the wreath. Cover this part with Spanish moss, hot gluing it to the grapevine. The Spanish moss sticks to itself, so just a little hot glue on the edges of the grapevine will be sufficient. The wires should now be completely hidden.
Decide what will be the top of your wreath, and on the other side tie a loop with wire for hanging.
Tips & Warnings
- Tie the lavender bunches tightly to the wreath form so they do not fall out during transport or while hanging.
- Many of the lavender blossoms will fall off while working on the wreath. Save the blossoms to make sachets and potpourri.