Friday, June 24, 2011

Dried Lavender Arrangement in Moss Pot


I have to say one of my favorite scents, besides orange, is the smell of lavender. It has to be real fresh or dried lavender and not the artificial scent. Isn't it one of the most wonderful smells of spring?

I saw this basic and not very nice dried lavender arrangement on the Pottery Barn site and was not impressed. I loved their lavender wreaths, but this arrangement is pretty boring and dramatically over priced at $29 for a small 4 inch pot! That is really small.
Source Pottery Barn
 Here is the Pottery Barn description:
"Carefully harvested and dried in bundles, our natural Provence lavender makes an ideal gift that showcases the vibrant purple color and soft fragrance for which the flower is known. Accented with a hand-tied raffia bow; comes in a terra-cotta pot with green Spanish moss. Lavender is grown in Northern California."

 Here is my description:)
"Easily snipped with kitchen scissors and dried by hanging upside down in the laundry room for a week, this naturally grown Canadian lavender makes a beautiful piece showcasing it vibrant purple color and soft fragrance for which the flower is know. Accented with a hand-tied sheer ribbon bow found laying around in the craft box; comes in a moss covered pot with left over sand colored Spanish moss. Lavender is hand grown in a beautiful back yard garden in Southern Ontario, Canada."

Now that I had my fun, here is what I did.

Knowing I could do a lot better for a lot less, I headed to the garden and snipped some lavender (free I might add) and hung it to dry. I dry my lavender by tying it into one large bunch and hanging it upside down. This keeps the flowers in an upright position when they dry.

I found a really beautiful pot at a local store (not free but reasonably priced at under $10) and knew it was perfect for this project.
I had floral foam, ribbon and moss on hand so they cost me nothing.
 I stuck the floral foam into the bottom of the container and started sticking the lavender stems in one at a time. Making sure to keep them straight up. 
 Once I was happy with how full the lavender looked, I covered the floral foam with moss (gluing down the pieces that didn't want to stay). I then tied a ribbon with a bow around the stems.

I did not spray the lavender with any sealant, but I have heard you can do this to prevent dust from sticking. I have used dried lavender in other arrangements and have never had a problem with this before.
I have put the lavender container behind our couch in the family room and I love smelling it while I am watching TV or reading a book.
 
Oh, if you are wondering about the table behind our couch...my husband and I made that. I will post that next week. Another thing that I love!
 
Are any of you enjoying the flowers from the garden yet?
What do you think?
Stephanie
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4 comments:

  1. I love it! I've been trying to think of what to do with all my lavender when I harvest it. Thanks for sharing!
    Vibrant Serenity

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  2. Hi Stephanie, It's lovely to hear from you again. I love your arrangement, far superior to the Pottery Barn one. I had a good chuckle at your description too. One of the things about being frugal is copying an idea you have seen somewhere and making it better for less. Looking forward to your next post.
    Anne xx

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  3. I absolutely love it!!! And just about everything else you have on here. I've got you on my blog, SenseAndSimplicitee.blogspot.com, come check it out!

    -Kelly =D

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  4. LOL! Your description was so funny. Love it!
    Fondly, Tami
    www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com

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