DIY Project – How Do You Make a Lavender Wand from Provence
This DIY project requires 100 stems of freshly-cut Provencal lavender. Elsa Lenthal follows a process, an old tradition, that her grandmother taught her. Lavender wands, or in fuseaux in French used to serve a very practical purpose to keep mites and moths away from clothes. Today, although the wands can keep the bugs away, they also make for beautiful keepsakes or dried arrangements.
How does she do it?
The lavender stems are then counted and cleaned of any tiny shoots, by hand. The fragrant bundle is then tied just below the flowers with a piece of ribbon. Elsa then individually folds each stem over the lavender buds “capturing” the flowers inside. The final step is to weave a bright ribbon through the stems covering the entire packet. The result is a lavender fuseaux, essentially shaped like a baby’s rattle. It takes Elsa, after years of practice, one hour to make each lavender wand.
Elsa makes hundreds of these wands every summer in Provence; she works while talking to customers in 4-5 markets per week.
The lavender wands will last forever.
- 100 stems
- 100 % French lavender
- 100 % handmade
- 100% traditional
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Laurene Bosc captures Elsa’s step-by-step process to make lavender wands in her beautiful video below.
Photo credit: Lua Williams Photography, Canmore, Alberta