How to Make a Flower Crown for the Maypole Festival

Overview

May Day is the first day of May and is traditionally celebrated by dancing and twining ribbons around the maypole. The maypole itself is just a pole decorated with flowers and ribbons at the top. May Day is a celebration of spring in most countries and a celebration of the common worker in countries the former Soviet Union and in the countries that were once occupied by it. May baskets--baskets filled with fresh flowers--are delivered to neighbors and friends, often anonymously. Women and girls often wear crowns made of flowers as part of the festivities.

Step 1

Prepare the flowers. Cut the flowers in the garden in the early morning. Place the flowers in a container filled with iced water as soon as they're cut. Strip off the leaves. Recut the stems at a 45-degree angle and place them in the water again for a minimum of 60 minutes.

Step 2

Attach pipe cleaners to one another by twisting the ends around each other. The length of the attached pipe cleaners should be long enough to go around the head plus 2 inches.

Step 3

Wrap the attached pipe cleaners with floral tape by twisting the tape around and around the cleaner, stretching it so the twists overlap each other.

Step 4

Cut the flower stems so they are 2 inches long. Separate the flowers into mini bouquets of one large flower plus a sprig or two of greenery, three medium flowers and three small flowers plus a sprig or two of greenery.

Step 5

Wrap the stems of each mini bouquet together with floral tape twisting the tape around the stems and stretching it as you go.

Step 6

Place the stems of the mini bouquets in a line with the head of one mini bouquet covering the stems of the previous bouquet. Make sure the line of overlapping flowers is as long as the wrapped pipe cleaners less 2 inches.

Step 7

Begin attaching the mini bouquets 1 inch from one end of the pipe cleaner by wrapping the floral tape around the stems of the bouquet and the wrapped pipe cleaner, stretching the tape as you go. Do not cut the tape after each bouquet but keep it in one piece if possible. If it breaks, start a new piece of tape. Place the flowers of the next bouquet right next to the previous bouquet so the flowers are close to each other. Continue attaching the bouquets to the wrapped pipe cleaner until you get to 1 inch from the end.

Step 8

Bend one end of the pipe cleaner into circle and twist it back on itself. Bend the other end of the pipe cleaner into a hook. Attach the ends of the flower crown by inserting the hook into the circle.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use sturdy flowers as ones that are delicate or have weak stems will break off and leave gaps.

Things You'll Need

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Floral tape
  • Flowers
  • Greenery

References

  • "Creative Wedding Florals You Can Make;" Terry Rye; 2000

Who Can Help

  • Flower arranging
Keywords: flower crowns, flower headpieces, floral crown

About this Author

Dee Power holds an MBA. She is the co-author of "Attracting Capital from Angels," "Inside Secrets to Venture Capital," "The Making of a Bestseller," the novel "Over Time," and several screenplays. She contributes to several Web sites and is a regular columnist for favstocks.com