Lavender and Rosemary

It was in Slovakia that I learned to make real flower crowns. Not the sparse daisy chains I made when I was little – flower, long stem, another flower – but big puffy Dandelion crowns that look like thick fur hats around the top of your head.

Now that I’m grown up, I can’t wear flower crowns around when I play in the garden… so now when I make one I hang it on the door and call it a wreath.

The difference in the Slovakian crowns is that they take flowers and braid them together which makes a thick woven rope of stems covered in flowers. Today I started with three Lavender flowers with 10 inch stems. I made one braid “stitch,” then added one flower to the right strand, and crossed the left over it to lock it (like a french braid). Each “stitch,” that’s made, add another flower(s) to the braid. The petals kind of lock things in place and keep the new stems from falling out.

When the garland is long enough, knot some thread around the end to tie it closed. Continue to wind the thread around the braid to hold the straggler flowers in. Then form it into a circle, and tie the stem end of the braid to the flower top with a few inch overlap.

And then- this is the important part- tie a nice big ribbon around the part that’s most lopsided, so it doesn’t show. (If its a crown, put a big flower on this part and make it the fancy front.)

This wreath was made from lavender (two kinds) and rosemary. It smells good enough to wear.

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32 responses to “Lavender and Rosemary

  1. Beautiful and I can imagine very lovely fragrance…want to make them for the flower girls?

  2. Beautiful, and also the elegant photo.

    Thank you,

    Ellen

  3. I think you should STILL wear flower crowns when you play in the garden! “Youth is wasted on the young…” Lovely post, now I want to plant some rosemary and lavendar just to make this project! North Coast Muse @ http://sally1029.wordpress.com

  4. But you should STILL wear flower crowns when you play in the garden! Lovely post, now I want to plant lavendar and rosemary so I can make a wreath too!

  5. That has so smell soooo good!!!

  6. Did you know Lavender is also a natural mosquito repellant? So if you’re having an outdoor wedding during bug season, add it to you floral arrangements to save your guests some uncomfortable itching. Another plant, Eucalyptus, is amazing for removing odors!

    Eucalyptus

  7. Did you know Lavender is also a natural mosquito repellant? So if you’re having an outdoor wedding during bug season, add it to you floral arrangements to save your guests some uncomfortable itching. Another plant, Eucalyptus, is amazing for removing odors!

    http://grubbygirls.wordpress.com/2010/04/22/tip-of-the-day-yo-your-car-smells-like-s/

  8. Great Blog, Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. I can imagine it smells as good as it looks! That’s a very nice idea- to have wreaths even during summertime and not only during christmas…

  10. How beautiful and refreshing…You just brought out the creative side in me and gave me a great idea!!

  11. Absolutely lovely and inviting way to welcome all into your home!

  12. It is very pretty and so lovely for spring decoration. What about adding some recipes using lavender and/or rosemary? thanks!

  13. Ooooh!…. I love it!….. My lavender is not ready yet as it is only spring yet — and I do not have rosemary, but have considered growing it for years….. I think I might get some planted as your wreath is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this.

  14. I could smell your wreath that id like to eat it! 🙂 haha Thanks for sharing! Maybe i could make a tropical flower version of this.

  15. I love lavender! Thanks for this post.:)

  16. Wow what a beautiful way to use Lavender and Rosemary. You should blog a step by step piece for the less learned like me 🙂 Would love to learn how it is made. It’s awesome!!!

  17. BEAUTIFUL! I can’t tell you how many of these I have bought to hang, smell, cook with. I love them so much!!! Nothing is more welcoming!

  18. beeeautiful =)http://www.tracyzhangphoto.wordpress.com/

  19. I would love to make one of these; if only I had the plants… Thank you for sharing.

  20. That is spectacular. Thank you for the instructions!

  21. Those two flowers have the two best smelling scents!
    Natural air fresheners as I see it.

    Grow more plants ppl.
    Remain.Simple

  22. oh this is a great tip!

  23. lilo likes braids maids with love

    thank you for making yours in this manor 🙂

  24. Both of them smells good! It reminds me of home!

  25. mmmm, smelly. In a good way.

  26. Thanks! I love those, but I could never figure out how to make them. I grow lots of herbs and hang them around the house to make it smell fantastic, and now I have another way to do it!

  27. Lovely Flower crowns. I would love to learn to make those. I’d wear one some day, jsut for the pleassant fragrance and to see people smile at them. Nothing quite like something filled with joy and beauty to give people a little out of the ordinary experience.

  28. Hey, I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog!…..I”ll be checking in on a regularly now….Keep up the good work! 🙂

  29. Lavender and Rosemary! I feel relaxed already! the colors and the fragrance!!!!!!!!! heaven

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  31. I found your site from the WordPress.com page which has several sites that are strong enough to make the page. Your site is wonderful and beautiful…

    Thanks..

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