Each year for May Day and for the May Faire at Naiya's school we have been putting together hair garlands to lend a bit of natural decor to our festival garb and liven up our merry making. I've even posted a garland tutorial. (Click here if you're interested in checking it out.)
Often, however, these coronets stay in place for a picture or two and then end up on our gathering blanket to wilt in the afternoon sun. They're lovely and Naiya and I both enjoy putting them together but, she complains, they can be a bit cumbersome and, especially for active children, not really that practical.
That's why this year we decided to try something new. What you see in the photo above looks like a garland but is, in fact, just a series of hair clips holding little bunches of flowers onto her hair in a circle round her head!
To make it, I pulled a little hair back from the front of Naiya's head, made a braid on each side and bound the the two plaits in the back. I then gathered very small flowers into two-ended bunches and clipped them onto the braid in the middle. She has five clusters round her crown with the largest in the back covering the band where the braids meet.
She loved her "garland" this time around and it stayed in place until her night-time bath. No wires. No floral tape. No complaining. And put together in about 4 minutes. I don't know that we'll ever make a proper garland again!