Looking for lavender crafts? Here I have collated my favourite lavender craft projects for you, including bath and body recipes and notes on how to dry lavender.
If you don't have an abundant supply of lavender in your garden, you can buy dried lavender from good flower markets or online suppliers. Or, perhaps one of your neighbours will be happy to let you pick some of their lavender in exchange for one of your lavender creations :-)
Browse the list of my lavender gift ideas below and click on the links for more detailed instructions.
"Ladies fair, I bring to you
lavender with spikes of blue;
sweeter plant was never found
growing on our english ground."
How To Dry Lavender: Drying lavender is simple and easy to do, and will make your house smell divine! Click here for instructions on how to dry lavender.
Lavender Sachets: This is a very quick and easy gift idea. Spoon dried lavender flowers into an organza or muslin draw-string bag (these are inexpensive and can be bought from craft stores). Close lavender sachet with a bow, and voilá, a beautiful lavender sachet to add lovely fragrance to your clothing drawer, or pop it under your pillow to help with sleep. If presenting as a gift, embroider the organza bag for a more personal finishing touch with a heart or the name of the recipient.
Alternative: Add a spoon each of epsom salt and rock salt to the dried lavender sachet to make a bath sachet. Add the lavender bath sachet to warm running water for a relaxing lavender-scented bath before bed. What a treat!
Lavender Bath Salts: Click here to find simple instructions for making bath salts.
Add lavender essential oil and dried lavender petals to the epsom bath salt recipe for a beautifully fragrant, relaxing bath. Lavender-scented bath salts are a wonderful gift idea for anyone in need of a bit of pampering!
How To Make Bath Bombs: Add lavender oil to this bath bomb recipe to make lavender-scented bath bombs. You can also add a small amount of dried lavender petals to the bath bomb mixture, or sprinkle dried lavender into the base of the mold before shaping your bath bomb. The bath bomb will then be topped with lavender petals and will look beautiful.
Don't forget to decoratively wrap your lavender bath bombs and add a stem of lavender!
How To Make Lavender Bottles: These fragrant little bundles smell wonderful and make beautiful gifts! Lavender is a natural moth repellent, so lavender-wands are traditionally placed in closets or drawers, where they keep clothes moth-free and fresh-smelling. Follow these quick and easy instructions to learn how to make your own lavender bottles.
How To Make Lavender Wands: Like lavender bottles, lavender wands are fragrant little bundles that look gorgeous, smell wonderful, and make beautiful gifts! Follow these instructions and learn to weave your own lavender wands.
Lavender Hearts: Looking for simple gifts to sew by hand? This fabric lavender heart is easy to make, and smells wonderful! Free printable pattern included.
Lavender has *so* many uses around the home. It is well known for its soothing, calming and restorative properties in conditions such as anxiety, depression, irratibility, headaches, migraines, and stress. If you know someone who suffers from one of these conditions, or who is just going through a bit of a rough patch, why not make them a lavender-scented gift. Your kind gesture, combined with the healing properties of lavender, are sure to be of help.
I am particularly fond of dried lavender - it adds a sweet fragrance to any room, deters moths, and is a mild sedative that can be used to remedy symptoms of anxiety and insomnia. The ancient Romans used lavender to scent the public baths, and the very name 'lavender' comes from the Latin lavandus, meaning 'to wash'.
You can also use lavender oil, distilled from the plant material, for making lavender crafts and around the home. Its antiseptic properties are well established, and it can be used as a general surface disinfectant when diluted in warm water.
Lavender essential oil is known to have medicinal properties. It has been shown to aid healing of cuts, scrapes and burns with its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Diluted lavender oil rubbed onto the temples can help to ease a headache or migraine. A couple of drops added to warm bath water, or onto your pillow, can prepare the body and mind for sleep.
A note of caution: Recent research suggests that the use of lavender oil is unwise for pre-pubescent boys due to lavender's estrogenic properties. That is, lavender essential oil contains molecules that mimic female hormones, and these can have a feminising effect on young boys.
I hope you enjoyed my lavender crafts! How did you go making them? If you have any other lavender craft ideas that you'd like to share, or you just want to say hello, then please contact me directly. It's always a pleasure hearing from you!