Today is May Day! For centuries, many cultures have celebrated this day as the first day of summer. It is a day for welcoming warmer weather. After a long hard winter, it is a happy day for a lot of us! To celebrate the day, I put together 7 fun summery crafts!
May Day is an official public holiday in many parts of the world. Early celebrations of May Day were intended to improve crop growth and to help livestock produce more offspring. Later, the holiday became an occasion for people to get together and have fun in the sun.
DIY Floral Wall Sconce from Crafts Unleashed
One of the traditional celebrations of May Day is dancing around a maypole decorated with ribbons. Folks dance around, wrapping the many colored ribbons of the pole around each other. Originally, the maypole was made from a tree cut from the woods. Now, if you happen to see one, it is most likely just a metal pole.
Vintage Bouquet Tutorial from Suzys Sitcom
Did you know? Many cultures celebrate the day by crowning a Queen of May and handing out May baskets of flowers. A beautiful way to celebrate!
Ruffles and Flowers Wreath from Barbwired
Fun Fact: In parts of the Uk, collecting greenery to make garlands is part of the traditional May celebration; for that reason some parts of the UK still call it Garland Day.
Birdhouse Shelf from Suzys Sitcom
Umm…there is a tree at the door…
In Germany, a tradition of the first of May is to send a token to someone you love. Men will have a tree with streamers sent to a girl’s house. Girls can return the favor in leap years. Beware, though, if the streamers are white, that means they dislike you. And if they are colorful, well you are going to have to find a place for that tree!
Egg Heads with Cress Hair from Nurture Store
In Hawaii, May 1 is known as Lei Day, a day for celebrating Hawaiian culture.
Mixed Media Birdhouse from Suzys Sitcom
Easy DIY Decorative Soaps from Suzys Sitcom
Celebrate the first of May with some colorful crafty fun!
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