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Ultimate Lavender Crafts Tutorials Roundup – Lavender Crafts to DIY

Lavender is one of my absolute favorite flowers. Besides the fact that I love purple and adore the way lavender smells, it is also very evocative for me. Lavender makes me think of summer, of the buds releasing their scent into the sun’s heat. It makes me think of the soporific droning of bees buzzing. It reminds me of southern France, the summer I spent with family there during high school, and how we’d walk through Medieval streets to the food market to buy fresh goat cheese or vegetables. In short, lavender makes me think of living life more slowly and savoring the experience. With our summer trip on my mind, I decided to put together an ultimate lavender crafts tutorials roundup! Because I always have culinary lavender and lavender essential oil at home, I’m also including tutorials for a lavender sea salt scrub, simple mini lavender bunches, and a lavender pomander!

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Let’s start off with a little discussion about lavender, the types of lavender that are available, and where you can get lavender for crafts and culinary explorations.

As you probably already know, lavender is highly-regarded as a natural way to reduce anxiety and stress, help heal burns, alleviate headaches, repel annoying insects, and much more. It’s been used as a perfume, medicinally, and religiously since the time of the ancient Egyptians!

Your intended use should guide the variety of lavender you purchase or plant. Lavender is a member of the mint family and, just like there are different varieties of mint (chocolate mint, peppermint, spearmint, etc.), there are different varieties of lavender that grow in particular regions and have specific advantages.

  • English lavender is native to the Mediterranean but grows well in the English climate. It’s more cold-tolerant than some other varieties, and tends to grow long stalks with beautiful, deep purple flowers. There are actually several types of English lavender – some grow even larger than the usual 2-3 feet tall. English lavender is a favorite for making ribbon wands and culinary lavender.
  • French lavender prefers warmer climates with mild winters. It isn’t as delicious for culinary purposes, but it’s lovely for landscaping and works well for wreaths, potpourri, and sachets.
  • Portuguese or spike lavender also prefers a warmer, drier climate. Its flowers tend to be lighter purple, and the plant is strongly aromatic.
  • Spanish lavender or butterfly lavender tends to tolerate higher humidity than English lavender. Interestingly, the flowers are not aromatic, but the silvery leaves are!
  • Lavandin, a hybrid lavender, combines the heat tolerance of Portuguese lavender with the cold tolerance of English lavender, which makes it versatile variety. Both the flowers and leaves are aromatic.

These are just a few of the more common types of lavender – there are even more! For detailed information on lavender varieties and their uses, I recommend looking for a book like The Lavender Lovers Handbook or Growing and Using Lavender.

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And, of course, you can always use lavender essential oil! Essential oil is frequently used in sprays, soaps, and other lavender-self care protects. There are many brands of pure essential oils available – whichever your favorite is, please ensure you use actual lavender essential oil, not a fragrance oil. You can read about my personal essential oil choices here.

If you’re a serious lavender lover and live in a climate conducive to growing lavender, you may enjoy reading about how to cultivate your own lavender. {{BTW – if you climate or soil aren’t right for lavender, it can grow in pots and even indoors!}} If you already have some lavender but want more, this post on how to propagate lavender from cuttings by Get Busy Gardening is sure to help you out!

Maybe you’re lucky enough to have some lavender growing around your house, but you aren’t sure how to use it. This guide to harvesting English lavender from Garden Therapy can help!

Kimberly Hites also has advice on Drying your own Lavender.

Not in a situation to grow or harvest your own lavender? Me neither. (Hopefully one day!) I typically purchase organic culinary lavender on Amazon, but you can sometimes find it at local speciality and organic stores.

Purchasing fresh lavender online, especially in large quantities for an event, can take some planning ahead. Sunshine Lavender Farm allows you to place advance, bulk orders for fresh lavender. Victor’s Lavender farm in Washington state sells both wholesale and retail, plus they have free farm tours if you’re ever in the area! There may also be local lavender growers in your area – check at farmer’s markets or natural food stores to see if you can buy local!

There are also a variety of dried lavender options available online. You can choose from dried lavender stalks and dried lavender buds. The buds typically cost less, but you can’t use them for making wreaths or bouquets. Craft-quality lavender buds work well for sachets, pomanders, heat packs, and other, similar projects. Let your intended use be your guide!

Lavender Self Care Crafts and DIYs

Lavender is always popular for self care products! To get the self care  lavender crafts roundup started off, let’s take a look at a super simple lavender sea salt scrub recipe. You can use this as an exfoliating scrub or a delightful bath soak! You’ll need:

  • A clean glass jar (may I suggest upcyling a jar from jam, honey, or a sauce?)
  • 1 cup dead sea salt (or another course sea salt)
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil, or to suit your personal ‘taste’
  • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil (or jojoba or fractured coconut oil)
  • A small spoonful of lavender buds – optional

Increase or decrease the ingredients, while maintaining the same ratios, to change the size of your batch.

To make a simple lavender sea salt scrub:

  • Pulse your salt in a food processor, if desired. You can also grind half a cup until it’s relatively fine and then combine the fine & coarse sea salts for a fun texture difference!
  • Stir in the essential oil, almond oil, and lavender buds. Mix until fully combined and then transfer to your prepared jar. If desired, decorate the jar with lace, ribbons, lavender sprigs, etc.
  • Use as a scrub or a soak, or give as a gift.

Now let’s move on to the lavender self care crafts roundup!

lavender self-care crafts roundup - 35+ lavender crafts, self-care DIYs, and recipes!

Lavender Linen Spray from Design Sponge

Homemade Lavender Bath Salts from Lia Griffith

Soothing Lavender Mint After Sun Spray from The Artisan Life

Lavender Bath Bombs from Mama Instincts

Lavender Oatmeal Soap from Beauty Crafter

Homemade Lavender Deodorant from Six Dollar Family

10 Minute Honey Lavender Soap from Happiness is Homemade

Lavender Milk Bath from My Frugal Adventures

Lavender Loofah Soap from A Pumpkin & A Princess

Lavender Coconut Oil Bath Melts from Rebooted Mom

DIY Bug Bite Relief  from Attainable Sustainable

Lavender Crafts

One of the simplest ways to bring lavender into your home is by hanging bunches of dried lavender. These bunches don’t have to be huge – they can be small and cute! To make a decorative mini-bunch of lavender to hang in your kitchen, a window, or wherever feels right in your home, grab a small handful of lavender, a pair of scissors, and twine. You may also want some burlap, ribbon, or lace if you’re feeling fancy!

If you have fresh lavender, consider breaking the stems with your thumbnail instead of cutting. This can help reduce the likelihood that the stem will split and tear. The same strategy can work with dry lavender, too! If this isn’t your style, cut several springs to roughly the same length using your scissors. You’re just looking to make a mini bunch, so don’t make the pieces to long.

The easiest way to make a mini bunch is to cut two pieces of twine, each about 12-14″ long. Make one into a loop and lay the loose ends on top of/parallel to the lavender stalks. Use a second piece to wrap the stalks and first piece of twine tightly, then tie with a square knot to secure.

For a more polished appearance, wrap the lavender stems in burlap, lace, or ribbon. Secure in place with a dab of hot glue or another piece of twine.

lavender crafts - how to make mini lavender bunches

These mini lavender bunches are perfect for hanging in your kitchen or in a windowsill. To freshen up your house, trying hanging a couple on your air intake vent!

Lavender pomander tutorial

Another fun way to bring lavender into your life is with a lavender pomander. You can make a small one and hang it in your car or you can make large lavender pomanders to use as a kissing ball at a DIY wedding!

To make a lavender pomander, you’ll need

  • A styrofoam ball – I recommend looking for a denser “smooth foam” ball
  • A hook eye – I used a 3/16″ brass hook eye. These can be found at most hardware stores
  • PVA (“white”) glue – I recommend Original Tacky Glue
  • Purple craft paint
  • A paintbrush – I used a 1/2″ flat brush
  • Lavender buds
  • Twine or ribbon

Screw your hook eye into your foam ball. If it has a hole from the manufacturing process, place the hook eye opposite the hole so hole faces the ground when the ball is hanging. If your foam isn’t dense or the hook eye feels wobbly, secure it in place with a dab of glue.

Give the ball a light coat of purple paint. Purple showing through is much more attractive than seeing white foam on the finished pomander! Use the hook eye as a handle to hold the ball so you can paint it in one go.

After the paint has dried, use a clean brush or your finger to coat the ball with glue. Pat lavender buds in place to coat the ball, adding extra glue as needed. Once the glue has dried, feel free to add a second coat of glue and lavender buds, if you’d like. When you’re happy with how your pomander looks, thread ribbon or twine through the hook eye and tie it off in a loop to create a hanger. Use and enjoy!

lavender crafts - make your own lavender pomander

Now let’s look at the roundup of lavender crafts! There are lots of fun and unique options to choose from:

ultimate lavender crafts roundup

Simple Summer Lavender Wreath from Centsational Girl

Lavender Sage Rose Smudge Stick from The Chalkboard

How to Make a Lavender Wand from A Sonoma Garden

DIY Mini Bouquets from Wallflower Kitchen

Lavender Bubbles from A Little Tipsy

No Cook Lavender Play Dough from the Imagination Tree

Lavender Rosemary Wax Melts from Clean and Scentsible

Lavender Sachets with Vintage Fabric from Intimate Weddings

How to Sew a Rice and Lavender Heating Pad from Amy’s Sandblog

DIY Lavender Smudge Bundles from Jenni Kayne

Lavender Doll Tutorial from One Inch World

Fresh Lavender Centerpiece from Everyday Dishes

Culinary Lavender Recipes

Have you put lavender to culinary uses? It can taste delightful in a variety of drinks and dishes, but it’s particularly well-suited to delicious desserts!

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Lavender Shortbread Cookies from Kevin Lee Jacobs

Lavender White Chocolate Macarons from Fresh New England

Airy Lavender Meringues from The Artisan Life

Lavender Cake with Lavender Cream Cheese Icing from Savor the Best

Earl Grey Lavender Cake with Chocolate Frosting from Sift and Whisk

Iced Lavender Green Tea from My Recipes

Lavender and Lemon Cookies from Batter & Beat

Pink Lemonade Lavender Thyme Sorbet from Boulder Locavore

Lavender Scones from The Artisan Life

Lavender Vanilla Buttercream Frosting from Recipes with Essential Oils

Handmade Lavender Crafts on Etsy

Is DIY not always your thing? Or maybe you have your heart set on a lavender craft that’s a little above your current skill level? These lovely handmade lavender crafts could be just the thing for you!

This lovely felted doll from Made 4 u by Magic on Etsy isn’t made with lavender, but she’s definitely lavender-inspired!

Pedricks on Etsy specializes in lavender and lavender wands, like these beauties.

Looking for lavender bath bombs you don’t have to DIY? These bath bombs from Silk and Soak should do the trick!

Ready to grow your own lavender for crafts? Check out this lavender plant kit from Mountain Lily Farm!

Not sure about starting lavender from seed? You can get two live lander plants that are already potted from Clovers Home and Garden.

Lavender Crafts Visual Inspiration

This collection of lavender crafts is for visual inspiration (no tutorials, just lovely lavender! Each of these images links to a Pin). Don’t they make you yearn for a simpler, slower life?

I hope you enjoyed this roundup of lavender crafts, self-care DIYs, and recipes as much as I did!

What’s your favorite craft to make with lavender?

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  • Pamela Baker May 18, 2017, 13:22

    You really did your research for this Blog!! I have always loved the smell of lavender since I was a little girl. My mother used to work for Yardley – so we had lots of English Lavender soap around the house.
    Coincidence you wrote about Lavender – for Mother’s Day – my neighbor gave me a Lavender plant, which I put on my kitchen window sill.

    You did forget to mention Lavender Tea. It smells wonderful while you are sipping your tea. The tea has real Lavender flowers in it, and they float around your cup while drinking your tea.

    • Natashalh May 18, 2017, 13:32

      How delightful you recently received a lavender plant! I did link one recipe for a lavender green tea. I wanted to post about lavender mint tea, but I couldn’t find any fresh mint and wanted to have photos! Lavender tea is delightful. I also love using Herbs de Provence for cooking. It used to be so hard to find, but now it’s gotten a bit easier to track down.

  • Duni May 19, 2017, 05:32

    I love lavender! I never leave home without my little bottle 🙂
    We used to have a large lavender in our garden – unfortunately it didn’t survive. I did manage to harvest and dry some of it, though.
    That’s an extensive roundup of lavender crafts! I always wanted to try making a soap. The oatmeal one sounds lovely 🙂

    • Natashalh May 19, 2017, 10:28

      We had a lavender plant at the state park where I worked in SC. It was so lovely! I hope I have the chance to grow one again. I’m sorry yours is no more, but glad you dried some of the lavender!

  • Judy Nolan May 21, 2017, 15:14

    This certainly is the ultimate post about lavender! I love lavender for its aromatic qualities and its decorating potential. As I “toured” through your photos, I imagined the scent and thoroughly enjoyed the photos. Thank you!

    • Natashalh May 21, 2017, 15:38

      So glad you enjoyed it! Lavender is such a delight. =)

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