I love May Day! I think it is a remnant of my childhood years in Hawaii. At my elementary school, May Day was a big deal. The whole school would prepare for the celebration, always the first Friday in May. Each grade level performed a different dance... hulas, stick dances from the Philippines, Zulu dances. And of course, there was the Hawaiian Royal Court. As one of the "good kids" I had the opportunity to be the princess of the Big Island, wearing red and adorned in flowers.
I remember sitting with my mother the night before the program stringing plumeria blossoms into leis and head wreaths. We'd pick the blossoms from our own tree and from a friend's and then bring them home, heaping them into piles on the floor. We'd sit on the floor watching a movie, our fingers getting sticky from the blossoms' milky substance. I loved wearing the flowers and being engulfed in their scent. It was one of the best parts of Spring.
As I wrote in my previous post, I was recently inspired by a trip to the Farmers Market. After looking at the flowers, I was reminded that May Day is Saturday and wanted to recreate that flower wreath experience for my daughter. Thus...
a floral wand (reminding me of a May Day Pole)...
and flowers to adorn her golden locks
(my attempt at poetry there).
While I would have loved to have made these of real flowers, the flowers in my yard are too fragile and my Tomboy Princess is too hard on them. Thus, these are made from artificial flowers. I'm sure there are tutorials all over the blogosphere for these types of creations. However, I've included my method below.
I'm giving these to my daughter today. If I can get a picture of her playing that doesn't show too much (I'm squeamish about posting pictures of my children), I'll post an updated shot.