An Old Fashioned Herb Ball

An Old Fashioned Herb Ball
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An Old Fashioned Herb BallWhether you wish to give your kitchen a refreshing aroma, to keep insects at bay, or simply to store your culinary herbs in an attractive way......this traditional herb ball is the ideal decoration. Some of you may have these herbs growing in your garden already.


Half a stub wire

3 inch diameter floral foam ball, soaked in water


Selection of herbs such as rosemary, bay, sage, purple sage, mint, marjoram and thyme

Caraway seedheads

Satin ribbon one half inch wide.

For a long-lasting decoration, make your choice from the evergreen herbs....bay, rosemary and sage, and from spice seedheads such as caraway, fennel, and dill.

Bend the stub wire in half to make a staple and push it into the foam ball. Hang the ball on a piece of string while you work on the decoration. Cut the stems to almost equal lengths...a perfectly round decoration would look contrived....and build up the design by mixing the various herbs all the way around.

Position the caraway seedheads more or less evenly around the ball. Remove the string and hang the ball on a ribbon. Tie a bow on top.

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Karen Hegre

I feel very fortunate to have met Karen, and to be able to share her wonderful crafts and herbal inspiration with our visitors. She has a gentle soul and contributes not only her words but encouragement as well.

Karen is a Master Gardener specializing in herbs, a mom and grandma. She and her husband have a Backyard Wildlife Habitat, plus 'Fairy Gardens' where the children can learn about different herbs and hear Karen read a story about the Garden Fairies and Flowers. They are open to the public May through September.

Karen owns several discussion lists, which we have listed below with the subscription information. All are free to join and a joy to be a member of!

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