Making bundles of dried lavender stems can add fragrance and country charm to any room in your home. Whether you grow lavender on your own or purchase stems that have already been dried, making lavender bundles is easy and therapeutic.
If you're harvesting your own lavender, wait until the weather has been dry for several days, as the lavender will be much easier to work with. The plant should be mature, and the buds should be of a deep purple color. When cutting lavender, use gardening gloves and pruning shears, as the stems can be a bit sticky and irritating. Cut the soft, green part of the stem and avoid cutting parts of the plant that are too woody.
Next, it's time to bundle the lavender. Gather as many stems as you'd like in your bundle, but note that the circumference of the bundle shouldn't be much larger than a nickel. Making thick bundles prevents the lavender from receiving proper aeration, which aids drying. Once you've selected your stems, cut them at an even length, and tie them with an attractive ribbon or twine. Be sure to tie the bundle snugly, as the stems will shrink a little as they dry.
After bundling the lavender, it's time to hang it up to dry. Select a cool, dark place such as a pantry. Sunlight can cause your lavender to fade and may weaken aroma. Once you've found a good place, suspend the bundle upside down. It will be helpful if you're able to hang it from a hook by its ribbon, though it's easy to improvise with household materials such as clothespins and twine.
Once your bundle has dried, hang it on a wall or use it as a drawer freshener.