Making a pomander with dried lavender
This pomander is very decorative and easy to make. Use it to perfume your wardrobe – keeping your clothes smelling fresh and deterring clothes moths!
This one is hanging on my wardrobe door as I thought it was too pretty to hide away.
It’s cheap to make too – the polystyrene ball was 29p from a craft shop, and I used beads and ribbon left over from other projects.
How to make the lavender pomander
You will need
- Polystyrene ball 7cm diameter
- Dried lavender
- Tassel (I bought mine but they are easily made from thread)
- Large beads
- Metal skewer
- PVA glue
- Florist wire & pliers to bend it
- Lavender essential oil & spray bottle
Carefully poke a hole all the way through the middle of the ball using the skewer. I found it easier to do this first and leave it in place as it gives you something to hold while gluing on the lavender. I covered the entire ball with PVA and pressed the lavender into it.
Once it had dried, I checked it over, removing any tiny stems and patching holes. I ended up with a covering about 0.5cm thick all over. Because such a small quantity of lavender wouldn’t smell very strong, I sprayed the ball evenly all over with lavender essential oil and allowed to dry.
I then removed the skewer from the ball and inserted a short piece of florists wire all the way through. It was just long enough to allow me to form a loop top and bottom to attach the tassel and hanging loop. At the bottom, the tassel is wired in place through a large bead which stops the whole thing pulling upwards.
At the top, the hanging loop is tied onto the wire loop with a couple of beads for decoration. The ribbon bow hides the wire.
To spray the ball, I emptied a 10ml bottle of lavender essential oil into a small spray bottle obtained from my local chemist.
If using oil, keep away from polished, painted and synthetic surfaces & textiles in case of marks.
Adding oil means that you aren’t reliant on the natural fragrance of the lavender, so you can choose a less fragrant but deeper blue dried lavender if you wish.
The pomander can be refreshed from time to time with another drop or two (or spritz) of oil.
I like to use hi-tack PVA glue because it holds items in place while it is drying.
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