• How to make a dried lavender heart wreath Part 1

    Posted on March 8, 2013 by in Lavender craft, Weddings

    Make this heart wreath from scratch and decorate with dried lavender flowers

    We used to sell dried lavender heart wreaths like the one below in my shop. They were bought in ready-made and were unfortunately expensive to retail. So I thought I’d have a go at making something myself.
    dried lavender heart wreath

    Part 1 – Making the heart wreath

    Materials needed to make this heart wreath

    Salim stems
    Raffia
    Scissors
    Tape measure
    A large bowl of hot water
    Somewhere warm to dry the stems and something heavy to hold them in place

    Method

    A little while ago I purchased a bundle of dry salim. This is a wreath-making material a little like grapevine and comes in a big tangled brittle bundle.

    The first thing I had to do was try and make the strands tidy and maleable. I managed this by soaking the bundle for a few hours in hot water. I then teased out the strands, taking about 24 lengths, each 50cm long. These I tied firmly together at both ends.

    salim bundle for heart wreath

    To make the heart shape, I opened the centre of the bundle so that there were about 12 strands in each hand. I then pushed the tied top of the bundle into the gap I had made, to create the heart.

    The heart was now shaped correctly but still maleable, so I placed it flat in the airing cupboard, and weighing it down to dry for a few hours.

    heart wreath untidy

    I trimmed the ends of the wreath – I guess it’s a matter of taste as to how far to take it! I could have tidied it up further but liked the rustic look.

    heart shaped wreath trimmed

    See Part 2 for how I added the dried lavender stems and finished the heart.

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