Davina here - You may have spotted Hannah's DIY May Day Posies in Water Colour Cones yesterday, which I have totally fallen in love with (thats next year planned)! Here is one of my takes on the May Day posy - the May Day Flower Ball Posy.
About May Day Posies
Friday is May Day, the first day of May, a day that has been celebrated since Pagan times, and quite rightly so; nothing can compete with the beauty and optimism of May. The sun shines ever warmer, greenery thickens and weighs on the tree’s, Bluebells reach tall into the sky, their asparagus like spears erupting into little bells, heralding the start of this most beautiful of months.
May celebrations have waned over the years, but we believe there’s much to celebrate. May Day was traditionally a time for May Pole dancing, the crowning of a May Queen, and decorating with local spring greenery and flowers. Last year, we made May Day posies and gave them to friends, reviving an ancient tradition of anonymously gifting May Baskets, an idea originally spotted on our mate Lou’s blog. We can’t wait to do the same this year.
Seen as May is such a wonderful spring celebration of local, seasonal flowers and greenery, it would be a bit of a travesty to buy flowers shipped in from abroad. Buy British blooms, or better yet, pick them from your own garden, or do a bit of responsible scrumping from local wild spots. Ours are from the wonderful Great British Florist. They do gift bouquets too, so if you're the flower sending type- check these guys out. We stopped sending flowers because, I thought, all florists use flowers flown in from abroad at huge costs to the environment, but I;m excited to start sending new baby/birthday/just cause flowers again. They're a much more ethical way to gift flowers and ordering from them ensures a gorgeous seasonal bunch (no hideous illumines daisies).
What you need to make a May Day Flower Ball
- Oasis Ball
- Soak your oasis ball in water.
- Using pins attach ribbon (loop it around ball pinning it down as you do so and tie in middle).
- Cut your flowers to have short stems - roughly 1-2 inches depending on size of ball.
- Once ball is full on one side you may want to hang ball so not to crush flowers when you decorate other side of ball (see below - I hung it on my kitchen cupboard door).
- Tie to your friend's door on May Day
I attached a little tag to my May Day Flower Ball Posy to say 'Happy May Day' - you don't need to do this but it helps to make it clear to receivers that the gift is to celebrate the coming summer.
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