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How to Braid Lavender

By Deborah Walden
Lavender stems inspire fragrant and colorful crafts.

Lavender braids offer a rustic and fragrant decoration for homes, offices and retail spaces. These delicate objects provide a powerful punch of fragrance for their petite size. Lavender has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. A favorite choice for insomniacs, lavender remains popular for its relaxing aroma. Hang a lavender braid in your bedroom for a comforting fragrance at bedtime. Lavender braids also add a touch of the French countryside to any kitchen.

Place the 6-inch ribbon on your work space horizontally.

Lay three freshly cut lavender stems vertically, side by side, on the ribbon. Place the stem end at the top and the end with the blossoms at the bottom. Make sure that the ribbon touches the stems about an inch below the tips.

Attach the stems to each other at the top using the ribbon. Tie a small knot to hold the stems together. Turn the stems over, and tie a second knot on the opposite side to securely attach the stems to each other. Cut the ribbon beneath the second knot, so it forms a small band around the top of the lavender.

Braid each lavender stem in a traditional braid. Start by separating each stem slightly from the others. This forms two empty spaces between the stems. Hold the stem on the right side. Bring it across the center stem into the empty space on the left. Take the stem on the left side, and bring it across to the empty space on the right side. Continue this process for the length of the stems.

Place the 8-inch section of ribbon about 1 inch away from the end of the stems. Tie a knot to hold the stems together. Turn the braid over and tie a second knot on the other side. Tie the ends of the ribbon into a large bow.

Tip

Only use freshly cut lavender since dried lavender is too brittle to braid.

About the Author

Based in Nashville, Deborah Walden has been writing professionally since 1997, starting as a sports writer for her college newspaper. Her articles have appeared in "Nashville Arts Magazine" and "The Nashville Scene," among other publications. Walden holds a Master of Arts in art history from Vanderbilt University.