It’s never too early to make home-front Christmas presents


During the war, with lack of money and luxury goods and with many items and materials being in short supply, the home front family would have made many of their gifts for family and friends at Christmas.

I’ve decided that it’s never too early to start making gifts for Christmas and no better way to source free materials then from my own garden. I have a couple of lavender bushes and when I came across a picture of a Lavender wand on Etsy, and found out that these wands (or sometimes known as Lavender bottles) had been made by ladies since Elizabethan times, I knew these would make wonderful historical and fabulous gifts.

They are EASY to make!

To make one wand you will need

  • 20 long stalks with a lavender flower/buds on the end
  • some string
  • ribbon to decorate


  1. Line up 20 stalks so the bottoms of the flowers all line up at the same level
  2. Tie string tightly immediately below
  3. Turn upside down and start pulling stalks downwards around the flowers to form a cage by joining stalks back together again and tying off again so the flowers are contained inside
  4. Push any flowers popping out back in carefully and adjust the stalks so they are evenly spread around
  5. Strip any leaves from the lower stalks (set aside and you can place these in muslin bags with any buds/flowers that have fallen off and scent your drawers!)
  6. Trim the ends of the stalks so they are even and to the desired length
  7. Tie off at bottom with string or ribbon
  8. The cage and the stem of the wand can be decorated with ribbon threaded through it or you can go for the rustic wand look and just leave it undecorated

Here is what a Lavender wand will look like threaded with ribbon (photo from Etsy) I have ordered some purple ribbon for the ones I am making (several being made)


11 thoughts on “It’s never too early to make home-front Christmas presents

  1. Used to make these when I was a young child, my late Mum taught me. Still make them when I can get hold of lavender. They last for ages

    • They are wonderful aren’t they! Yesterday when I was making some, I was in the kitchen with the windows open, it was sunny and breezy and was looking out over the back garden and there were church bells ringing in the distance…it was blissful with the smell of the lavender! xxxx

  2. These look amazing, I have never come across them before, but I would love to try making some. Sadly, my 2 lavender plants are very small, I only bought them this year, but they have produced alot of flowers on short stalks, I hope to make some bags from those. Next year though I am hoping a years growth might mean I get to make some wands! Thank you for such a clear and wonderful description 🙂

  3. Lovely! Not only does lavender smell lovely it is also relaxing and calming. It can be used in bags as well as wands and makes a bath smell lovely (tie in small musling bags before putting the bath, otherwise you get covered in little bits!!)

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