April showers have fulfilled their promise, and the world outside is in full bloom! It's May! And I couldn't think of a better way to ring in the month than with something fun and colorful and classic, but with a little twist...
... a May Pole! Except this one doubles, no triples (well it can be whatever you want really) as a mini May Pole, an awesome rainbow ribbon wand, and a great tool to learn about all the flowers that are so beautifully in bloom.
I started by going to my local crafts store and purchasing a few 1/2" dowels. They come 36" long, which you can keep as is, or saw them in half like I did. Once I had the length I wanted i twisted a #14 screw eye into the top of each dowel.
From there I simply threaded the ribbon through the screw eye so there was an even amount on both sides and tied a simple knot around the eye to secure it. For one of them I made the ribbon length double the length of the dowel, and for another I made the ribbon just a bit shorter than the dowel. Voile! A quick, easy and pretty mini May Pole.
To take this project one step further I went for a walk around my neighborhood looking for flowers that matched the colors in the May Pole, once I had Identified what kind of flower each was, I took a paint pen and wrote it on the ribbon so I would not forget.
This project was fast, simple and easy, but you know what the best part was (aside from running around like I was five with my own ribbon wand), was being able to join in on our Fall in Love With the World Challenge and say "I celebrated May today!"
Happy May Day everyone!
P.S. Don't forget to enter to win a copy of the book Mr. Goethe's Garden!
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