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Magic Wands

When in need of a magic wand...
Do you know how to make one???

Bees do...

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Just a bend and twist of natures gift
with a ribbon will do the trick...

You will need:

  • flower cutting shears
  • scissors
  • 30 stems of fresh cut lavender...
  • approximately 2 and a half yards of 1/2 inch ribbon
  • one small rubber band

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In the early hours of the day
find a lavender plant in full glory of bloom
and cut 30 long stems with blooms...

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Strip the lavender stems of any extra leaves...

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Tie a knot with half inch ribbon right below the blooms with one end very short (this will be tucked away inside the blooms) and one end very long...

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Then turn the bunch upside down, holding the blooms in one hand while you gently begin to bend the stems down over the blooms...

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Continue all the way around...

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until all the blooms are encased...

Tuck in the short ribbon and ease out the long ribbon and begin to weave in and out over two strands at a time. For those of you who are right handed, work counter-clock wise... for those of you who are left handed work clock-wise...

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When you come around for the first time... you
will go under (or over, which ever way is opposite of your first twist of ribbon) the first two stems where you started... take
your time, if you find you made a mistake, slowly unwind until you find
the place where you lost or picked up an extra stem...

over two...

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under two and on you go...

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When you reach just below the blooms...

Twist your ribbon around and around on top of itself three to five times, depending on how long you want the length of your magic lavender wand to be...

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and tie off into a bow...

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trim the ends of the stems so that they are even...

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and place a rubber band near the end
to hold the stems together while they dry...

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Let your magic lavender wand rest at least 24 hours,
it will shrink slightly in size...

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The next day... remove the rubber band and slide the ribbon down the stems... to tighten for where there has been any shrinkage...

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Now that your magic wand is complete...

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What will you abracadabra with this beauty???