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.
A large bowl of hot water
Somewhere warm to dry the stems and something heavy to hold them in place
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.
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.
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.
See Part 2 for how I added the dried lavender stems and finished the heart.