Monday, June 28, 2010

Children’s Maypole Tutorial

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.

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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.

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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.

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*  A PVC Cap for the 2 inch pipe.

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*  One Eye Bolt.

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* 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…

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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).

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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.

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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.

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I kept the streamers in a pattern of orange, blue, pink.  I’m sure a two tone would look beautiful as well.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Added a pile of rocks around the base to give it a bit more support.

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Then we topped it off with a Mad Hatter Top Hat.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Happy Maypole Dancing to you!