How to make a Maypole

How to make a maypole

A popular activity on May Day is to decorate a pole with brightly colored ribbon or paper streamers. The pole is usually carried in a parade and then placed in the ground at a designated area. People then dance around the May pole, holding the ends of the streamers or ribbon in their hands. I’m not about to suggest that you make a full size maypole!  But you could have a go at making a mini maypole.

You will need: Paper towel holder, glue, ribbons (or strips of coloured fabric) glitter and paint

Simply get a kitchen role holder and slit the ends so it stands. Let your child paint and glitter it, Then take some strips of ribbon and glue these to the inside top of the kitchen roll holder so they stream down the outside. Gorgeous and so much fun for little children to play with, perfect with tiny dolls and little hands. This is also a lovely table top decoration for May Day.  Have fun!


This idea is from my latest ebook – I hope you have fun crafting.  My children love it and it really does not have to be an expensive past time. We raid the recycling bin regularly!






  1. April 25, 2011 / 9:42 pm

    What a sweet idea – love the photo with the dolls holding the ribbons. I bet they dance when you’re not looking ;0)

    I have a huge cardboard roll that some fabric came on. I really wanted to make one for the garden but can’t think of a way to anchor it to the ground :0(

  2. Becky
    April 25, 2011 / 10:19 pm

    Wet sand in a bucket ?

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