Saturday, September 23, 2017
Building a Maypole
It is the time of year when people are celebrating Oktoberfest.
What better time (except for maybe the month of May) to display a Maypole.
Maypoles originated in Germany. This year my cousin and I again worked in the German Village at the Mountain State Art and Craft Fair at Cedar Lakes, WV.
We built a Maypole from scratch to display in the village.
First you need a pole. My son went out into the woods and cut down a very straight tree. It was approximately 4 inches in diameter. He cut off the limbs and sawed it to be a length of 10 feet -- If you are unable to get into the woods, you could also use a 3" or 4" diameter PVC Pipe. They are not very expensive to buy.
Obtain flowers . . .
Ribbon . . .
(2) 12" Metal wreath forms . . .
Tie the ribbons securely to the wreath form.
Attach the flowers
Dig a hole approximately 2 feet deep to place the pole in. Firmly tamp the dirt around it.
Screw through the wooden slats, that are attached to the flowered wreath, to secure it to the top of the pole. You don't want the wreath to turn.
In addition to dancing around the Maypole, they make for a great photo op.
You see from the pic how pretty the ribbon looks twirled around the pole after people have danced around it.
Enjoy the fall!