Just couldn't stand my "Merry Christmas" wish anymore, so I just went ahead and skipped about six MONTHS(!!!) forward to some lovely LAVENDER.
My friend Cara invited me over to show me how to make lavender wands.
An uneven number is key for weaving the band through the stems.
Also, pick them while buds are still unopened, and about 20" should be enough.
(Remove any little stray buds or leaves on the stems before you start.)
Turn bouquet upside-down and start folding down the stems just at the ribbon point.
Pull out the ribbon and start weaving through the stems.
It doesn't matter if you weave clockwise or counter clockwise.
Experienced Cara weaved looser than me which created a bit more of a bulbous wand.
and weave until you reach the last lavender buds trapped inside.
Bring the ribbon around and up under,
then wrap around to desired length.
Finish off with a bow tie and trim the stems.
A lavender wand to put in your unmentionables drawer, in the napkin ring at the dinner table (NOT interchangeably!!!), or just about anywhere you want something pretty and home made that smells fantastic.
Thank you Cara for showing me how to do these!