Midsummer celebrations take place in many countries this upcoming weekend. The event is traditionally held close to the summer solstice, that marks the longest day and shortest night of the year, and has existed under different names and tradition for centuries around the world.
Legend has it that if you collect seven different kinds of flowers and put them under your pillow for Midsummer night you will see your future spouse in a dream.
While in Austria Midsummer solstice tradition include ships sailing down the Danube River while fireworks light up the sky above, in many countries, the most common sight at Midsummer is a large roaming bonfire around which people gather. In Scandinavia especially the day holds special importance and has been made into an official national holiday. Having grown up up north many of the traditions of the upcoming holiday are near and dear to my own heart. The most common way to celebrate the occasion is with your family at the lakeside, enjoying the sauna and the unique midnight sun while thousands of bonfires are light up throughout the country. In the olden days, Midsummer spells were cast, many in the hopes of fertility and finding a future spouse. Mythology is a well-known part of the Scandinavian Midsummer folklore, as the legend has it that if you collect seven different kinds of flowers and put them under your pillow for Midsummer night you will see your future spouse in a dream.
Flower crowns are an essential part of Midsummer in Scandinavia, and you can make your own with these fun and simple DIY designs!
The most common custom that many take part in is making your own floral headdress, a flower wreath crown. It’s an essential part of dressing up for the occasion, looks absolutely adorable, and continues the long tradition of collecting flowers and herbs for their magical capabilities. But in modern times when you might not be able to get fresh flora or simply want a more lasting option, you can always choose a floral wreath crown made of paper. This way you are still partaking in the tradition of making it yourself, but without the messy, itchy part. A Paper flower wreath crown is just as beautiful, but it’ll still be intact as you wake up next the day! For your inspiration, we’ve collected a list of fun and beautiful paper flower wreath crown DIYs in different looks and skill levels.