May Day Crowns 101 – As I have been pondering various types of crowns to share with our Parent & Child families, I have come to appreciate that a beautiful crown can be made of anything you have available that speaks to you. It could be made from lush green vines and fresh flowers, painted paper adorned with handmade tissue paper flowers, sewn pieces of felt, a vine base wrapped with ribbon or made from strips of braided fabric or raffia. Truly, a festive May Day crown can be as simple as a dandelion or buttercup chain.
As I began brainstorming various ideas to bring to our families, I felt inspired to create many of the prototypes myself as inspirational pieces. It only made sense that I would first began by creating my go-to honeysuckle wreath with fresh flowers. As we are not currently on our beautiful and budding campus, I found this familiar activity to be quite a different experience. It took me a while, but I eventually found a few honeysuckle vines for my crown, but I did not have the hallmark azaleas bushes in my backyard. My first thought was to drive to school to pick some to complete my photo op, but I quickly realized that would not be in the spirit of what I was trying to accomplish. I then began to look around which is when I decided to improvise with what I could find such as dandelions, buttercups and dogwood flowers. These made for a lovely and unique natural crown.
The next crown I set out to make was a simple variation on the natural crown I had previously created using honeysuckle vines and fresh flowers. I wished to offer an option to parents that would be simple, timeless and reusable. Something that could be made well in advance of our May Day festival without fear of it wilting or withering. This led me to the idea of creating a woven vine wreath (with leaves removed) which could then be wrapped with colorful ribbon or yarn and given trailing streamers down the back.
The third crown I decided to take on was going to be considerably more involved and time-consuming. I was going to try my hand at making a felt crown with a spring theme. I decided it would be fitting to use the same pattern that my colleague and I would be sharing with our families, and so I took up the task of making one myself. As I did so, I dutifully documented the process each step of the way to share as a resource to our families. I steadily worked on this crown for much of the afternoon. When all was said and done, I probably spent around 4+ hours working on what I would consider the crown jewel of my May Day crown collection.