Wednesday, June 9, 2010

DIY Tutorial - Fresh Herb Bundle Bouquets for Petal Cones

Hello, friends. Thank you for visiting. Today I have a very fun and eco-friendly activity for all of you DIY brides out there or anyone who would just like to try a quick, satisfying project using fresh herbs. I have spent a lot of time nurturing my herb garden this spring, and love to use my herbs in new ways.

1. Select a small bunch of herbs. I used lemon thyme, rosemary, sage, and oregano. I used these herbs because that is what is growing well right now. Don't have access to your own herb garden? Try visiting your farmer's market or even your produce aisle. Just make sure that your herbs have a stem of at least 6 inches. (Say, check out that really nice handwoven tea towel that is underneath the herbs!)

2. Rinse off your herbs, especially if they are freshly cut. Gently shake off the excess water.

3. After removing any blighted leaves or trimming stems as necessary, arrange your bundle into a pleasing fashion. I put the taller sprigs toward the back. Using a small length of sewing thread, wrap your herb bundle. It should be snug enough to hold the "bouquet," but the thread shouldn't cut into the stems.

4. Dampen 1 paper towel. Squeeze out the excess moisture so it doesn't drip everywhere. This is going to be wrapped around the stems of the herbs to help keep them fresh.

5. Tuck your paper towel-wrapped bundle into your petal cone. Admire your work! Your bundle should look fresh for a few hours.

6. Wait! There's more! Don't throw away those yummy herbs. After you're finished with your display, consider using them to make a savory herbal infused vinegar. You could even write out the directions and enclose them with your herb-filled petal cone. Your guests will love this thoughtful favor.

Here are the directions for the vinegar:

"Mixed Herbal Vinegar"
1 bunch herbs
5-10 whole peppercorns
1-2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 c. red wine vinegar

Place herbs, garlic, and peppercorns into a clean glass jar.

In a nonreactive saucepan, heat the vinegar until hot, but not boiling. Pour hot vinegar over the herbs in the glass jar.

Seal and allow to stand in a dark corner for about 2 weeks. Strain the vinegar using cheesecloth and place into a clean glass bottle. Enjoy your savory vinegar!

Consider using fresh herbs as part of your decorating endeavors. You won't be disappointed.

Be well, Kate :)

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Marigane said...

Thank you for posting this wonderful idea. I absolutely love the fact that you also suggest a use for the herbs after the fact! FYI: I found this page on your etsy site for the burlap pew cones. I'm hoping to incorporate local flowers/herbs into my decorations. You may already have a blog post about the following, but: can you suggest some types of dried flowers that could be used instead of herbs?

phyllis said...

What a great wedding decoration. May I suggest for brides wanting to use flowers instead of herbs to keep the paper towel wetter and put a sandwich baggie around the paper towel and then tie the bundle together with string? I am posting your bouquet on my blog today. Great idea!