Happy Midsummer!

Happy Midsummer, everyone! Today we’re celebrating the very old, probably ancient holiday which is still big here in Finland, and in Sweden (in Denmark they’ve forgotten their roots and are burning witches on Midsummer! That has nothing to do with our tradition – this is a celebration of fertility in its origin, and also somewhat how it’s still celebrated. It has nothing to do with witches, nothing.). There are really just two major holidays in our two countries – Christmas and Midsummer. And you used to do similar things on both holidays – dance ”ringdanser”, dancing in a huge ring around either a midsummer pole or the Christmas tree. Plus eating, lots of eating! (and boozing, but my family has sort of skipped that part)

It’s like nature knows there is something special with this holiday, because this is the time when our garden is at its most beautiful! So many flowers blooming, so many insects buzzing. And almost endless sun.

I hope you have a lovely Midsummer Eve, whether alone or in company – and that the warmth of the long tradition of greeting the sun and rejoicing in being alive and being part of nature can somehow seep into you too, wherever you are!

P.S. My DIY Midsummer pole in the first picture is a mix of Danish, Swedish and Finnish traditions! The pole itself and its shape is Swedish, the flags Danish and Finnish – it’s my own invention and not something you’d see IRL, but I love to mix all my ”heritages” in this way!

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DIY Lace garland

What do you do when you have a whole stash of scraps of lace that can’t really be used for anything important? You turn them into a lovely lace garland!

I laid out my lace scraps and sewed them onto a ribbon. I was in the mood to make it as quickly as possible, so I simply sewed once over the ribbon and that was that.

Super-easy, didn’t take long to make and it adds a bit of whimsy and nostalgia to any Midsummer celebration!

I’m loving this!

We’re going to use this garlands for many Midsummers to come.    

 

 

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DIY Mini-Midsummer Pole

Here’s a quick and easy DIY to make a miniature Midsummer Pole for your Midsummer table.

I folded a green pipe cleaner in half and twisted it. I took about half of another pipe cleaner and did the same thing and added it making a cross. Then I made two green circles and glued on miniature flowers. These ones are made for gluing to nails, I think!

Then I glued a white and green-string to the edges of the cross, and finished the pole with a washi tape-flag on top.

I glued the pole to a round piece of wood, spreading out the pipe cleaner so the pole would stand more firmly.

A cute little addition to any Midsummer’s Eve-celebration!

 

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DIY Simple and comfortable Midsummer wreath

I’ve been thinking for years about how to make an easy and comfortable wreath, and now I think I’ve found the solution!

I started by twisting 6 strands of cotton cloth – old T-shirts, sheets and cloth that has been cut into 1 cm wide strips. I made a long twist that fits around a head nicely, one for each of our guests. The wreath is easily adjustable and comfortable, and you can compost it afterward if you don’t reuse it!

To make the twists: Make two sections out of the ribbons. Twist both sections simultaneously counterclockwise. Twist them around each other clockwise. Or the opposite. It doesn’t matter which way you go, only make sure you twist the sections one way, and around each other the other way. Otherwise the whole thing will unravel.

Twisting is much faster and easier than braiding, but if you’re unsure how to do it – just do a simple 3-strand braid.

Make a knot at the end of the twist and make a circlet out of the braid.

Make small bouquets of flowers and fasten them around the braid using some cotton string. Wrap the string around the braid, wrapping in bouquets as you go along. You can make a full wreath, or just add flowers to the front of the wreath.

The wreath looks great with some strands hanging this way and that, adding a bit of whimsy to your Midsummer wreath.    You can use any flowers you like – flowers picked by the roadside, flowers from your garden, grasses. I used some Midsummer roses for this one, and chives, so we get to both look pretty and smell lovely!

 

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