Category Archives: Crafts & Recipes

Traditional recipes and crafts from Europe

How to Make a Gentleman’s Favour Corn Dolly

This decoration would be made by the men working in the fields after a long day cutting corn, and worn in their jackets or hats when they went to the village dance at the end of the harvest. It is said that if a lass caught their eye, they would give her his favour as a gift! Learn how to make your own in a few easy steps, here.


Make a Corn Dolly – The Harvest Heart

I’ve completed a step-by-step guide to help you make your own beautiful corn dolly. These are brilliant decorative pieces for the harvest period, and also make wonderful gifts. If you can plait, you can make one of these! Full instructions can be found here.

Tidy up with scissors, and finish it off with a pretty bow.


Make a Magical Rowan Necklace

The Rowan, or Mountain Ash, has long been praised in folklore for its magical properties. A necklace from the berries is said to protect the wearer. You can find out more and learn how to make your own in this article.


Make a Brigid’s Cross

The Brigid’s Cross is traditionally made from reeds. But if you have any corn or other bendable foliage, you can quite easily make one. The full instructions and details of the lore behind these beautiful decorations can be found in this article. 


Hanging the Straw Man

A lesser-known tradition of May Day comes from the Isle of Anglesey and North Wales; crogi gwr gwellt. It involves making a corn dolly in the shape of a man, and hanging it near the home of a sweetheart in order to be rid of a love rival. Learn more about the folklore of this confrontational craft, and how to make your own.

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