DIY: a maypole in the garden

Decorate, celebrate and dance

The maypole is a decorated tree or pole that serves as the festive centrepiece for summer celebrations. Erecting a maypole is a fertility rite which has a positive effect on the land, animals, people and nature. All the more reason for placing one in your garden. It also looks cheerful and unusual!

DIY Maypole

Dancing around the maypole

Depending on where you live, the maypole was installed on the village green on 1 May or at the start of the summer. It was decorated with flowers, plants, ribbons and crêpe paper streamers, and people partied and danced around the maypole. A May Queen was chosen from the dancing girls by catching a beautiful crown.

Maypole in the garden

Don’t worry if your community no longer erects a maypole on the village green. You can easily create your own version that will give you and the children great pleasure!

You will need

  • A tree trunk or pole
  • Strong string
  • Tent pegs
  • Staple gun
  • Metal wire
  • Ivy
  • Ears of corn
  • Cornflower
  • Delphinium
  • Daisy
  • Lady’s mantle

How to make it

Traditionally the tree is a conifer, ash, pine tree, spruce or beech, but any pole can serve as the basis. Decorate it with the most beautiful plants and flowers. Start with a base of ivy, working from top to bottom. Then add the rest of the flowers and plants as you see fit.

Tip: make bouquets out of daisies, cornflowers and ears of corn and attach them to the tree. This gives a nice 3D effect.