Scandinavian Solstice Celebration

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Here’s a fun fact: our home city of Seattle is the northernmost major city in the contiguous United States! This will be no surprise to anyone who has experienced one of our winters—we really do get less daylight than most of our friends in the Lower 48—but it’s also key to why our summer days are so long and bright. The long dark of winter makes us really appreciate our perfect Seattle summers, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Scandinavians are also northerly people, which may explain why there are so many Scandinavian cultural traditions celebrating the summer solstice. Melissa Bahen’s Scandinavian Gatherings has a whole section devoted to celebrating Midsummer, bringing a contemporary spin to traditional Nordic celebrations. We love this project idea for DIY silk flower crowns—check out the book for more ideas for your Midsummer celebration, including recipes and decorating tips!

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FAUX FLOWER CROWNS

Midsummer crowns are made of beautiful, fresh greenery and wildflowers. They adorn the head of every fair maiden in attendance at any Midsummer celebration. They are lush and gorgeous . . . and fleeting. The only bad thing about fresh flower crowns is their incredibly short lifespan—you only get to wear them once! Flower crowns made with faux flowers and greenery are equally beautiful and have the added bonus of lasting forever, so you can wear them even after your Midsummer feast.

Materials & Tools:

  • Silk greenery garland
  • Wire cutters
  • Green floral tape
  • Small silk flowers
  1. Wrap the length of greenery garland around your head (or the head of the person for whom you are making the crown) until the edges touch. Add another 2 inches past the place where the ends overlap, and use the wire cutters to cut the garland. Wrap the overlapped ends of the garland tightly with green floral tape until the crown is secure.
  2. Trim the silk flowers so that their stems are about 3 inches long, and trim off any greenery along the stems. Gather small bunches of three or four flowers into little bouquets, and tightly wrap the stems with the floral tape.
  3. Tuck these small bouquets into the greenery garland crown, and secure them with more floral tape. Add bouquets all around the crown, or put a big cluster on one side to be worn over the ear.

Lots of faux greenery comes in plastic now, which looks very realistic but gets tangled easily in hair. Try to find softer materials for your garland, such as fabric or silk.

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Photography by Charity Burggraaf

 

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