How to make a lavender pomander

Making a pomander with dried lavender

lavender pomander finished

 

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
  • Ribbon
  • 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
Method
making dried lavender pomander
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.

 

Tips

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.

 

Buy fragrant dried lavender   |   Buy blue dried lavender   |   Buy lavender essential oil

 

6 Responses so far.

  1. Mel Wallington says:

    Hi, i had real problems getting the lavender to stick to the ball, so i have covered in old news paper and then coated with lavender for a more than successful finish. I love this idea, thank you so much x

  2. María José says:

    Hi Ruth!

    I loved it! Good idea! And I would translate it into Spanish for my blog
    Would you give me your permission?
    Thank you very much! Greetings from Argentina!

    • Ruth says:

      Hi Maria,
      Thanks very much for commenting! You are welcome to use this post, however you must provide a full credit and a link back to this page.
      Your blog looks lovely!
      Best wishes,
      Ruth.

  3. Grade 3 teacher says:

    Hi Ruth,

    I’m planning on making these for mother’s day with my grade 3 class. Do you have any idea of how much lavender you used for 1 ball?

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Ruth says:

      Hello, Good luck with your class! Each ball uses very little lavender – maybe 10g (0.3 ounce) – but you will need extra so that there is plenty to roll the polystyrene ball in! Thanks, Ruth x

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