Do you love the gentle and calming scent of lavender?
With its multitude of uses, there’s no wonder that this 2000 year old herb is still a popular favorite for scenting homes.
I’ve used lavender in many ways over the years, but this is the first time I’ve made lavender balls… and they couldn’t be easier.
With house guests due in just a few days, I decided to spruce up the bathroom with a little something extra.
These lavender balls provide a lovely scent, while being visually interesting at the same time.
I used dried lavender that I already had, but it is easy to dry your own if you grow lavender.
To dry the lavender, you will need to harvest the lavender prior to the flower buds fully opening. Simply cut the stems, leaving them long and tie them up in small bundles.
I hang them upside down in my laundry cupboard which is both dark and ventilated. When the lavender is completely dried, strip the buds from the stalk using your fingers. Store lavender buds in a container away from moisture and light. Stir every now and then to separate the buds.
When completely dried, you can use your lavender for many wonderful scented crafts.
How to make lavender balls
You will need:
Polystyrene balls (any size),
Lavender coloured paint,
Painting supplies – palette, paint brush, water etc.
Dried lavender buds.
1. I started by painting the styrene balls with the lavender coloured acrylic paint.
2. When dry, poke a bamboo skewer into your ball and paint with Mod Podge.
3. Then place your ball into the bowl of lavender buds and press the buds firmly into the glue.
4. Leave to dry.
I think the balls look interesting and are a fun way to add that lovely lavender scent to any room. I just need to find the right container to put mine in now.
I may even thread them on a cotton line and hang them up… what do you think?
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