As well as the obvious culinary use for herbs, it is also possible to use herb leaves and flowers in a variety of ways to decorate your home or to make attractive gifts for others. Lavender is perhaps one of the more commonly used herbs for decorative purposes, often used to make scented coathangers, drawer liners etc. However there are many other herbs with beautiful fragrances and attractive flowers and foliage that can be used in a similar way. Here are some ideas for you to try.
Pressed Herb Cards:
You will need:
Fresh herb flowers and leaves
White paper - any size up to A4.
Flower press / hard back book
Herb Pot Pourris
Note: Don't discard the stems of dried herbs once the leaves and flowers have been picked for pot pourri. Group them together in bundles and tie them with string. If you are lucky enough to have an open fire, these can be added and the heat releases the fragrance of the herbs and scents the room.
Fresh Herb Vases / Wreaths
Herbs, particularly when they are in flower, can look just as attractive in a vase as a more traditional bunch of carnations or daffodils. The different flowering times of the various herbs ensures that you will always have a choice of flowers and a wide range of foliage to choose from!
A woven cane wreath can be decorated in minutes with fresh herbs. Simply thread the herb stalks into the wreath (there is no need for glue or wire) and add a ribbon to hang the wreath.
Muslin Bath Sachets
These are a bathtime treat to relax you after a stressful day. Just add to bath water!
You will need:
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