Sunday, September 19, 2010

Herb Crafts

Before I am tilling the garden under, I will try to find uses for the herbs that have given full performance all summer.  Some that did really well this year were the rosemary, thyme, and lavender.  I thought it would be fun to create some decor with them that might enhance your kitchen through the fall and winter.  The first item  I will show you is the rosemary wreath. 

Rosemary Wreath                        Lavender Bundles              Thyme Broom
Supplies:                                            Supplies:                                  Supplies:     
20 gauge wire                                   11-10 inch stems of                 6 inch stick
floral wire                                          Lavender                                 20-3 inch thyme sprigs
wire cutters                                       Ribbon of choice                      hot glue
scissors                                                                                                raffia
6- 5 inch sprigs of rosemary
ribbon of choice 

First I cut a desired length (mine was about 12 inches) of 20 gauge wire and made a wire form. 

Then I took the floral wire and started to fasten the rosemary to the wire form.  Just cut a length of floral wire and wrap it like a bread tie and then trim the ends and tuck them under the wreath.

As you wrap the rosemary around you will fasten the end of one sprig with the middle and beginning of another sprig.

Holding all three of those sprigs together you will fasten it at that point and the next fasten will be at the same combination of sprigs  till you get to the end of the wreath.

Use your wreath to decorate your kitchen and if you need a little rosemary to season potatoes or chicken through the winter pinch some off.  
I have attempted a lavender wand (great instructions here on that), but my stems were too small and I didn't get this to work.  Lavender doesn't usually grow well here so I was lucky to get any blooms.  I just tied mine together in a bunch and it smells wonderful and will last all winter in this dried bundle.

Here is a lavender bundle used with a candle.  ( See all of the toys in the floor behind candle.  This is usually why I don't post pictures of my home on a weekly basis. LOL)

This next idea was my own creation.  I took an 8-inch stick from the yard and a bundle of thyme.  
Trimmed the thyme to 20-3 inch pieces.
Then hot glue sprigs onto stick about two inches from the bottom.

Glue 18 to 20 sprigs onto the stick to get the desired fullness.

Tie raffia to broom of thyme to secure it and wrap it around and tie it off.

The finished broom can be hung up in kitchen or used in your decor.  Could also snip thyme off of it for seasoning meals, just don't serve any hot glue.

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Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Make It for Monday at Cottage Instincts
Just Something I Whipped Up at The Girl Creative
Three or More Tuesday at The Gypsy's Corner
Get Your Craft On at Today's Creative Blog
Show and Tell Wednesday at Blue Cricket Design
Please cruise over and visit these ladies to see what wonderful projects are going on.


stefanie said...

ok, these are wonderful ideas, I have the hugest bush of rosemary, I think I am going to have to make some, do they still look good when dried?
and I love all the toys!!!

Deanna said...

Sweet wreaths!
I can imagine that the fragrance was delightful.

God bless and may you have a great week,

Blondie's Journal said...


I love your ideas! I wish I had grown rosemary but I think I can buy enough of it to make a wreath! I love it! The little broom is also adorable. I have had a little 'kitchen witch' for years. She could use a new broom!!


Amy Kinser said...

I love what you did with all of your herbs. Great ideas! I have a few herbs myself that I may have to do a few projects with.

Page@ThriftyNiftyWise said...

What a great idea! I love it!

Stella said...

What great ideas. I an just smell that rosemary one of my favotie herbs. I know your little witch is so proud of her new broom.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I just love growing herbs. I like all of your herb projects. I especially love the rosemary wreath. It grows like a weed where I live (Las Vegas) so this is definately a project I'll have to try.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Everything looks great and I know it smells just wonderful! Lovin' your thyme broom!

Shelia said...

Oh, what a clever idea! I can imagine the glorious smell it gives off!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Wonderful ideas...I always hate to waste herbs...all of mine dried up this summer so I have none...but next year I will do this!!!

Sue said...

Sherry- I love all of your creations, but the little broom was so unexpected and clever! Even if I never actually used the herbs for cooking, I would attempt all of these projects. They'd make cute accessories. :-)
~ Sue

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Pretty little wreath. I bet it smells good.


Willow said...

I love what you have done with the herbs. I will have to remember and try to do some with mine next year when I plant an herb bed.


Denise said...

I loved this post! You gave me some great ideas for what to do with my rosemary.

I hope you don't mind. I linked your post to my PORCH AND GARDEN PARTY at

Patti said...

great ideas...I have to do something similar before our first frost - which will probably come soon!

Miss Char said...

Oh my goodness, that little broom is just too cute. My garden was nonexistent this year but I'll make sure to tuck your ideas into my memory book for next year.

Atelier de Charo said...

Fantastic ideas!

Melanie {The Tiny Tudor} said...

Hello- I'm a new visitor from Met Monday! I love this post! I love fresh herbs. Not only are these little projects adorable, I bet they smell great too!

Jane said...

I love the little broom of thyme! And the vignette with the witch and broom is just my favorite. You've given me some fresh ideas!

vignette design said...

Love your herb ideas. Great post!

Marlis said...

So next year I'll be planting some herbs.. I am excited about the rosemary wreaths and the thyme brooms.. lavender doesn't grow well here either..
darling and thanks for sharing

Ann said...

Hi Sherry,
I love them all but that little broom is just too cute!!
Thank you for sharing all three wonderful ideas.
The Tattered Tassel

Nancy said...

Ok, I am seriously thinking about where I can get some fresh rosemary and thyme at this hour. That wreath is precious and the thyme broom is so cute! What wonderful ideas!


Entertaining Women said...

The witch's broom is precious...what a great idea! Thank you for sharing your vignette. Cherry Kay

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

I was just looking at my rosemary plant wondering what am I going to do with it. Thanks for a lovely idea!

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dtja90 said...

I made one like this and it looks and smells great..Thanks so much for the idea!