Despite what’s been going on outside my window the last few days, it really IS May Day on Monday. I don’t know about you, but I am SO ready for some warm weather.
And an extra day off.
Personally, I’d love nothing more than to spend it at the Rochester Sweeps under blue skies and wall-to-wall sunshine, but a) we don’t live in Kent anymore and b) I’m betting on the weather being pants. Well, it IS a Bank Holiday, after all! In which case, you’ll likely find me cosied up on the sofa with Beloved, watching the tellybox and starting our annual celebratory month of May as we mean to go on.
That said, we may still venture out, even if it does turn out to be the usual soggy Bank Holiday affair. OK, we may not have the Sweeps, but there’s still plenty to do around these parts. This year, even more so, as 1st May also happens to be the very first Staffordshire Day (#StaffordshireDay).
The home of ceramics and the oatcake (of which I am NOT a fan by-the-way!) is celebrating its 1,000th Birthday this year (now THAT is a LOT of candles!) and there are events galore going on all around this beautiful Creative County we now call home.
Did someone mention free food and drink samplings at one of our favourite local haunts? Oh yes, there’s every chance we might end up on your doorstep Aston Marina!
Funnily enough, the only event I can’t seem to find is a traditional May Day celebration.
Maybe it’s a Southern thing.
Synonymous with May Day, dancing around the Maypole is quintessentially English and harks back to ancient times when the people of this fair isle celebrated Beltane and publicly embraced the sacred union of woman and man.
So, since I’m unlikely to get to a Maypole on Monday, I thought I’d bring a Maypole to OneandSeventy.
What I used:
- 30cm polystyrene wreath form – Hobbycraft
- 12mm pine dowl – B&Q
- Wide white ribbon – I bought mind from Amazon
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology metal wreath embellishment – Craft Obsessions
- x8 coloured ribbons – I bought a selection of 10mm double faced ribbons from Amazon
- A length of wired purple beads – from my craft stash
How to make a Maypole Wreath for Beltane
- Decide on the length of your Maypole and saw your dowel to size
- Paint the dowel in white acrylic. You could also paint it in traditional red and white colours, if you wish.
- Cut a channel in the back of the wreath (optional). I wanted my Maypole to rise from the back of the wreath, so I created a channel so it would sit flush.
- Wrap the wreath in ribbon in a colour of your choice. I wanted white, as May is traditionally a time of marriage.
- If you wish to wrap your wreath in any other ribbons or decorations, do that now. I decided at the last knockings to add the string of purple beads that I had in my stash, but it would have been far easier to do that before I glued on the Maypole!
- Glue each of your coloured ribbons around the top of your Maypole. I placed mine so that alternate ribbons would wind around the pole in opposite directions, in imitation of the Maypole dance.
- Top your Maypole with a bead and any other embellishments. I used a large bead from a charity shop bracelet and a Tim Holtz metal wreath, both of which I spray-painted gold.
- Hot glue your dowel to your wreath.
- Hang – I used another length of wide white ribbon, with a smaller ribbon sewn on to create a hoop.
I hope you like this little project. As always, I’d love to know what you think. Drop a comment below to let me know!
Whatever you’re doing, I hope your May Day is belting (belting / Beltane… geddit? I can only apologise for Beloved!) Have a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend; I hope the sun shines for you.
A hui hou,