My children and I love the forgotten Holidays (Like May Day)and try to celebrate them in our own way. I’ve been wanting a Maypole for a few years now. And I still intend to make a wooden one someday. But I found a way to make the perfect Child-size Maypole and it cost me less than $15 to Make.
My inspirations go to these fine Maypoles.
Image from the Graphic Fairy found Here.
When researching May Day I came across this gem of a book. It can be found Here.
Here is a picture from the book.
What finally did it for me was the fact that I was having a Mad Hatter Party and I spied a beloved Maypole in the Tim Burton Movie of Alice in Wonderland.
That did it. Here is my attempt at a Maypole.
List of Supplies.
* 2 inch by 10 foot PVC Solid Core Pipe (Found at most Home Improvement stores. Here’s what I paid.
* A PVC Cap for the 2 inch pipe.
* One Eye Bolt.
* One Wire Hanger.
* Three Full Size or larger colorful (Thrifted) sheets. Cost me around $2 each.
* And a little Duct Tape.
Equipment used was a Drill and sewing Machine.
First thing I did was have my Hubby drill a hole in the end of the 2 inch Cap and insert the Eye Bolt. Then assembled the pole cap, and Eye bolt like so…
Next I turned to my 3 colorful thrifted sheets. After determining the long length of the sheet I ripped the fabric, after a little scissor start, in 5 inch strips (much easier than cutting).
I ripped around 8 strips for each different colored sheet. Then I sewed two strips together to make 4 long strips. With 3 different sheets, when all was said and done, I had a total of 12 long streamers. I did make sure to pick out all the loose threads. Each streamer has a frayed edge, but holds up nicely. I suppose you could serge the edge if you wanted. I didn’t want the expense of buying all the matching thread. I’m cheap that way.
Then I folded the top edge twice and sewed a stitch near the bottom of the fold. Making sure I left enough room to feed a wire hanger through the opening.
Next I straightened a wire hanger and feed the edge of my long streamer through the straight edge. Here I’ve nicely illustrated with a fuzzy picture.
I kept the streamers in a pattern of orange, blue, pink. I’m sure a two tone would look beautiful as well.
Once I had all the streamers fed onto the wire I then proceeded to re-feed the end through them again. I wanted the durability of two wires.
Took a lot of scrunching, but I finally managed to have the ends meet. Then I twisted them together and wrapped a little duct tape around the sharp edges. And finally, distribute the scrunched streamers evenly around the wire circle.
I then took 4 sewed hems off from on of the sheets cut them up into approximately 16 – 20 inch lengths and attached them with square knots every three streamers. Like So…
Then just tie them onto the top of your Maypole pole.
I didn’t want to permanently implant my pole, just use it for special occasions. So I had my boys dig a narrow but deep hole in the lawn. Gasp, did she just say she dug a hole in the lawn? Yup. But I’m crazy that way. It was about 1 1/2 –2 feet deep.
Added a pile of rocks around the base to give it a bit more support.
Then we topped it off with a Mad Hatter Top Hat.
A Perfect Decoration for our Mad Tea Party.
The party guest had quite the fun time learning the Maypole dance pattern. At least I think they did.
Traditional Maypoles were decorated with flower wreaths and I even used some Fairy Wings for our Fairy Day Party. The flower wreaths you could easily wire or wrap to the wire ring of streamers if needed.
We are having so much fun with it that I might leave it up for a while. That and I can’t wait until next year’s May Day.
Happy Maypole Dancing to you!