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dnd4us
« on: June 25, 2009 11:30:19 AM »

I  Love Lavender.  Lavender is one of my favorite herbs because it is as beautiful as it is practical. One quick project I make every year out of lavender is lavender bottles.  They are so easy even children can make them (with a little help.)  Lavender bottles smell wonderful tucked in drawer or in a closet.

Heres how I make them:   You will need fresh lavender, about a yard of 3/8 inch ribbon and a hot glue gun.
1.  Start with about 25 stems of fresh cut lavender.  Cut the stems as long as possible.
2.  Starting at the top, just below the buds, run your fingers down each stem to remove any leaves.
3.  Tie the end of 3/8 inch ribbon just below the blooms. (I just work from the spool so I dont waste any ribbon in the end.)
4.  Fold the stems back over the buds.  (Try to keep them evenly dispersed around the bottle.)
5.  Pull the long end of the ribbon out from between the stems.  (Make sure the short end stays neatly tucked inside.)
6.  Now weave the ribbon in and out like a basket.  I usually weave two or three stems at time.  You can weave in an out every stem if you like.
7. When you get to the bottom of the buds, make sure to pull the ribbon taut.  Then dab the ribbon with hot glue to secure the end and trim.
8. Trim the stems to make them even.
9.  Tie a ribbon in a bow to cover the end of the ribbon.
Lavender bottles are so fragrant and sweet.  I love keeping them in my drawers.  They also make a wonderful homemade gift for a friend.

I have uploaded more photos as well here: http://makeitdo.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/making-lavender-bottles/
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2009 11:49:29 AM »

Thanks for posting this!  I have always wondered how these were made, and now I know.  Now if I could just get lavender to grow in my garden . . . Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2009 11:52:21 AM »

So beautiful!
I will definitely have to give these a go.
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2009 12:05:04 PM »

That is such a great idea...how long does the fragrance last?
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2009 01:40:41 PM »

It depends but, often months.  In fact I have a couple in my basement that still have a faint smell and they are a couple of years old...
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2009 08:15:21 AM »

That's really neat!  I have lavendar growing on the side of my house......now I have a new project to try!  Thanks!!
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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2009 11:11:34 AM »

I was too caught up in house-hunting to make lavender bottles this year -- which is too bad, because I have a truely lovely crop in the garden at work this summer.

I've had bottles that kept their scent for several years.  I usually make mine with just 11 or 13 stems, (any odd number) because I'm all thumbs.

Yours looks really nice, and a great, very clear tutorial.  Big ups!
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2009 06:59:57 PM »

Fantastic! Thanks for posting this!
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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2009 11:54:24 AM »

I used to make those all the time.
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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2009 09:31:12 AM »

Very cool ... Thanks!  I grew & dried lavender this year - will try these next season.  What type of lavender did you grow?
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