As I mentioned in our recent newsletter, it’s flower month here at Lars! Everything we do this month will have some sort of flower reference. This is clearly my version of Christmas so bear with me.
I’ve been wanting to do a kid version of the beaded chandelier for a long time, and I love the look of a pajaki. We’ve referenced them before (see here). They’re a Polish chandelier, but I couldn’t resist adding a Dala horse and wildflowers for a Midsummer and May Day theme! The finished product looks so playful and fun. The instructions can be found in our e-book. Watch your kids’ room instantly turn into a happy and festive place for imaginative play!
Our original beaded chandelier is timeless and fits in any room, but it was time to make a more colorful, festive mobile for kids. Our new DIY chandelier is inspired by Polish pajakis. In Poland, pajakis hang around homes during Christmas, Easter, and other celebrations like weddings. I wanted to make a mobile that preserves a pajaki’s festive essence while incorporating a Swedish Dala theme.
As you know, I love all things traditional Scandinavian. Little flowers and blossoms are popping up around my house and they’re reminding me of Swedish Midsummer celebrations, so I jumped on the inspiration! I know it’s not Midsummer yet, but the English version of the holiday is May Day, which was last week, so I figured I wasn’t too early to celebrate Summer yet!
Midsummer is a really big deal in Sweden. Because the Winters there are so dark, the Swedish go all out for the longest day of the year!
I wanted to honor some of my favorite Midsummer traditions with this festive mobile. Eating strawberries, dancing around a May pole, Dala horses, and picking wildflowers are all charming parts of Midsummer that I incorporated into my Midsummer Dala Pajaki. I had so much fun making this and I think you’ll love celebrating Summer with this festive mobile, too!
By the way, do the strawberries on this project look familiar to you? I borrowed the idea from our strawberry heart cake topper, which would be an incredible addition to a Midsummer party. Alternatively, you could decorate a cake with our Midsummer Pole cake topper! No matter how you do it, I hope you celebrate Summer’s approach!
If you’re looking for another mobile for kids, check out the Lola Dutch-inspired mobile we made a few years ago. My friend Sarah Jane wrote a book called Lola Dutch and I designed the mobile to go with it. I still think it’s absolutely adorable!
Be sure to tag us with #LarsMakes after you create your own Midsummer Dala pajaki!
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