Fake It Til You Grow It | Aromatherapy Faux Lavender Scented Centerpiece

Aromatherapy Faux Lavender Scented Centerpiece

Potted faux lavender aromatherapy table centerpiece with picket fence stenciled wooden drawer | www.knickoftime.net

I might have felt a bit cocky and proud about my gardening success this year if it weren’t for my one dismal failure … Lavender  … sigh …

I’ve tried to grow lavender for three consecutive years and for three consecutive years, I’ve failed.  Either lavender just hates me, or  I just don’t have the right spot to grow it in.  Since I dearly love lavender but can’t seem to grow my own, I decided I would just fake it with faux lavender until I can someday figure out the magic formula to grow my own.  So I made a faux lavender aromatherapy centerpiece so I can still enjoy the look and scent of lavender.  Here’s how I did it:

How to Make an Aromatherapy Faux Lavender Scented Centerpiece

How to Make an Aromatherapy Faux Lavender Scented Centerpiece by Knick of Time | www.knickoftime.net

Supplies Used:

Faux lavender

Lavender essential oil

Cotton balls

Clay pots

Floral foam

Preserved moss

Wire clippers

Glue gun and glue sticks


  1. Adhere floral foam into the bottom of the clay pots with glue gun.
  2. Trim the lavender stems to the proper height and stick them into the floral foam.
  3. Add a few drops of  lavender essential oil on several cotton balls and place on top of the foam.
  4. Tuck the preserved moss around the stems, gently covering the foam and cotton balls.

Clip the stems longer than you think they need to be, then test the size.  You can clip more off if needed.

How to Make a Faux Lavender Scented Centerpiece by Knick of Time | www.knickoftime.net

Make sure to look for faux lavender that has leaves and not just the blooms so it will look more like real lavender.

How to Make a Faux Lavender Scented Centerpiece by Knick of Time | www.knickoftime.net

Those little cotton balls are where the beautiful scent of lavender is hiding!

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Add a few more drops of essential oil on top of the moss, if desired.

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You can use a basket or planter to put the pots in, but I used my Picket Fence stenciled weathered drawer.

Picket fence stenciled wooden box with Vintage Sign Stencils by Knick of Time | www.knickoftime.net

I’ve been tossing and turning at night, so I may move this centerpiece onto my nightstand to help me relax before bed.

DIY Aromatherapy Faux Lavender Scented Centerpiece | www.knickoftime.net

Vaya con Dios,



  1. There are many different varieties of lavender so don’t give up. Keep trying till you find one that will work.
    Btw…they are really pretty in your pickett drawer.

  2. Norma Heagy says

    It took me years, finally I bought the plant for a more northern area. I now have three plants!

  3. I don’t know what climate zone you live in, but all lavenders need full sun and excellent drainage. Try a raised bed if you want to plant in the ground, and be sure to select a cultivar that is hardy in your zone.

    • Thanks Nancy. I planted them in full sun, but maybe they didn’t get enough drainage. Next year I’ll try putting them in the raised bed outside my guest house, because everything else I planted there did great. Thanks for the tips!

      • Plant some in fall! That gives them a better start than a spring plant, and again, find the best type for the zone and conditions you have. It took many tries to get some going in my yard in Utah, but now I have more than I could have ever hoped for! Good luck, Angie!!

  4. That is a great idea, Angie! It looks lovely, and I’ll bet it smells wonderful, too!

  5. Marlene Stephenson says

    I love your idea for, i have the same problem. I love the smell of it.

  6. Carol Claremont says

    It is my very favorite scent and it took me a couple of tries – it likes to be in a very sunny spot and does well without too much water. I love your idea – I already have the oil and I have a pretty pot of faux lavender in my bedroom already.

  7. I, too, am a frustrated wanna-be lavendar grower! My daughter grows it easily, but I have tried several times and failed. And like others, it is one of my favorite scents. I will try again but will try to find one suited to the climate here in Mich. Also, the tip about not overwatering is one my daughter gave me. I think I drowned mine! When they appeared not to be doing well I would assume they needed a drink, but alas, that was not the case at all!

    I do think your little scented faux lavender pots in the drawer are sweet and an inspired idea. I have just finished painting a small rectangular box and I think I might try your idea and put some faux lavender and scented cotton in it. Thanks for the idea!

  8. Our grand daughter grew some lavender last year in little spot, turned out well.. Will ask her what kind it was, know had shorter stalks unless she had cut them before giving them to me. Will ask her and her Mom what variety it was.
    Grand Junction and area are big lavender producers so lavender is something we’re exposed to.I too would love to grow some but our ground out where we live, few miles west of Grand Junction and Palisade, has so much alkali makes it difficult to grow much of anything. We have very dry climate here in CO so is different than where you live I imagine.
    Love your center piece, would love to get hold of one of those drawers. Our area doesn’t have a lot of what you are maybe used to readily finding and everything is so much more expensive. We live on our SS and this is hard area to live in on SS. The faux lavender you used sure looks real on my computer, where did you buy it?
    Will see if I can get Mr. Furry to make a box for me that would be similar to your drawer, what are dimensions of it? I enjoy your blog and every one of your projects. Would love to buy at least a couple of your stencils but due to medical bills don’t have much in way of “disposal income”, lol.
    Have great week. Will let you know about lavender.
    I am saving this post I can make this centerpiece

    • Jane Ellen, I purchased the lavender at Hobby Lobby when it was 50% off. Our climate is very moist. Someone else suggested I try growing it in a raised bed, so I plan to do that next year.

  9. I’m shocked that my black thumb successfully grew a lavender plant the last three years and last year I decided to harvest the flowers. Sadly, I must’ve cut the flowers too far into the woody part of the plant and half of it is dead this summer. So upsetting. I like your idea of doing faux indoors and adding the scent of the real thing! May be doing that this year.

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