Hannah here- Todays Making Monday post is all about making a simple child-friendly floral garland.
*whispers* It appears that she's here. You know, that tumultuous two timer, Summer: We’ve swam in our local outdoor pool*, without shivering or sporting blue lips, we’ve donned shorts on more than 2 occasions, bemoaned the heat and had cause to slather suncream on our nearly blistering skin at the allotment. Hurrah indeed. But as old father Shakespeare once said, “O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out?” She could be gone in an instant, as all we Brits know. So we have grasped her by the horns, spending as much time outdoors as possible; Back door open all day, allotmenting, and enjoying that celebrated signal of a hot british summer day: leaving the house without a coat (ooooh).
Frankie-Rose and I made a 'welcome summer" floral garland this weekend using small flowers and leaves that Frankie and I collected from the garden and on a nature walk we went on last week. I’ve made these garlands for years now, but it is so much more satisfying to have Frankie-Rose 'oooh' inging and 'aaah'ing over everything. True, the rose petals are a little bruised and the dandelions are missing a large proportion of their petals (“I sprinkling them, mama!”), and the buttercups don’t quite look as cheerful as they once did, but it all adds to the charm. A toddler is involved, after all.
Suffice to say, this is a wonderful thing to do with kids. To make your own…
1) Collect little wild flowers from hedgerows, your garden or the roadside (not other peoples gardens!). Frankie-Rose relished collecting flowers (and weeds) for me and I carted them around in my pocket or the buggy for a couple of days before we made the garland
2) You can press your flowers for a few days first to keep their shape. I pressed a few rose petals that had blown off in the wind, but I left the rest au naturel.
3) Thread a needle and carefully pierce the thickest bit of the flower or stem and gently thread the flowers on. Frankie-Rose sat very patiently, choosing what was threaded on next, whilst I sewed it together. TEAM.
4) Stick your garland up with some washi tape and relish bringing a little bit of wild summer indoors with you. The garland will look charming once the flowers have dried too.
And here is the finished article. Apart from we decided to move it so its hanging above our kitchen table, underneath our kitchen stick, looking rather glorious, I must say.
Happy bank holiday Monday everyone. We'll be at the allotment today with a picnic. I hope you have a good one!
*yep, my tiny town, Faversham, has an outdoor pool, that even in its busiest time isn't ever that busy. Having recently moved from London where the lido's are so busy you have to cram your body next to thousands of other sweaty Londoners, I am petty excited.