Hopefully you remembered to harvest some of your lavender this summer for future projects. There are many different projects to do with lavender such as sachets, soap making, lavender cookies and so many more.
Each year I try to seek out something different to do with my lavender and this year I plan to try the following. All make great gifts and are very easy to do.
Lavender Syrup You will need 2 cups of water, 2 cups of sugar and 2 tablespoons of fresh or dried lavender. Combine all the ingredients together and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Pour into decorative jars for gift giving. Your syrup can be poured over berries, plums or figs. For variety you can add ginger, lemon or orange zest.
Lavender Vinegar Take a mild white vinegar and add a few sprigs of lavender and let it steep for several weeks. Great on salads and used as a marinade.
Lavender Dream Pillow Use scraps of pretty cotton fabrics to sew up small sacs and fill with dried lavender. You don’t need a sewing machine for this.
Lavender Jelly 1 1/2 cups of lavender flowers 3 1/4 cups of water 1 box of powdered ‘Certo’ 4 cups of white sugar 1TB of white wine vinegar Bring water to a boil and add lavender. Cover pot, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let stand for at lest 20 minutes. Keep lid on at all times. Strain and measure 3 cups of your brew into another pot. Stir in pectin powder and vinegar, bring to a boil and add the sugar. Boil until the syrup is at a rolling boil, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Skim any foam off of the top. Pour into sterilized, decorative jars, add seals and rings then process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes. Allow the jelly to age for a few weeks before gift giving.
Lavender Sachets Using scraps of fabric, lace, ribbon and anything else you might have, make small sacs of any shape and fill with dried lavender. Attach velevet or satin ribbon for hanging and make as decorative and fancy as you wish.
Lavender Wands These are great for closets and drawers. For each wand you need about 15 stems of lavender, each about 12 inches long and about 3 feet of narrow ribbon. Use an uneven number of stems and tie together tightly just below the flower heads with the ribbon. Turn the bunch upside down and bend the stems back over the flower heads, one at a time. Weave the long end of the ribbon in and out of the stems creating a basket effect. Keep your ribbon pulled tight all the way to the bottom of the flower heads. Wind the ribbon around the stems and tie tightly. Use the remaining ribbon to tie a bow and trim off at stem level.
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