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Make Your May Magnificent (2023 Wallpapers Edition)

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May is almost here, so what better occasion could there be for some fresh and inspiring desktop and mobile wallpapers? Created with love by artists and designers from across the globe, the wallpapers in this post come in versions with and without a calendar. Enjoy!

Let’s welcome May with some new wallpapers! For over twelve years, we’ve challenged you, our dear readers, to create wallpaper calendars for our monthly wallpapers posts. No matter if you’re into lettering, illustration, or photography, the series is the perfect opportunity to create a small artwork and share it with people from all around the world — to brighten up someone’s day, cater for some fresh inspiration, or to put your creative skills to the test. Of course, it wasn’t any different this time around.

In this collection, you’ll find desktop and mobile wallpapers for May 2023, created with love by artists and designers who took on the challenge. They all come in versions with and without a calendar and can be downloaded for free. As a little bonus goodie, we also compiled a selection of timeless May favorites from our archives at the end of this post. Thank you to everyone who tickled their ideas and shared their designs with us this month! Happy May!

May Your May Be Magnificent

“Summer chill is a relaxed and carefree vibe that is often associated with the summer season. It is a time when people slow down and enjoy the warm weather. The atmosphere is laid-back and easy-going, with a focus on having fun and creating happy memories.” — Designed by Kasturi Palmal from India.

“The month of May is a moving moment. I’m only writing this to set attention to the letter ‘M’! The ‘M’ inspired me, and my idea for the wallpaper was to make mountains, smooth mountains, of course.” — Designed by Philippe Brouard from France.

Think Outside The Fox

Me, Myself, And I

Stop Child Labor

“Children should have the opportunity to learn, play, and grow in a safe environment and not be forced to work at a young age. As individuals, we can also make a difference by supporting companies that have strict policies against child labor and by raising awareness about this issue in our communities. By working together, we can help to create a world where every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential, free from the burden of labor. So I designed this wallpaper to raise my voice about this issue. Hope you like it!” — Designed by Hrishikesh Shome from India.

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Oldies But Goodies

From bold to delicate, from minimalist to funny, below you’ll find some May favorites from our archives that are just too good to be forgotten. Which one is yours? (Please note that these wallpapers don’t come with a calendar.)

Hello May

“The longing for warmth, flowers in bloom, and new beginnings is finally over as we welcome the month of May. From celebrating nature on the days of turtles and birds to marking the days of our favorite wine and macarons, the historical celebrations of the International Workers’ Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Victory Day, to the unforgettable ‘May the Fourth be with you’. May is a time of celebration — so make every May day count!” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

“I wanted to make a big painterly vista with some mountains and a deck and such.” — Designed by Mike Healy from Australia.

Today, Yesterday, Or Tomorrow

April Showers Bring Magnolia Flowers

“April and May are usually when everything starts to bloom, especially the magnolia trees. I live in an area where there are many and when the wind blows, the petals make it look like snow is falling.” — Designed by Sarah Masucci from the United States.

Make A Wish

All Is Possible In May

“Edwin Way Teale once said that ‘[t]he world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.’ Now that the entire nature is clothed with grass and branches full of blossoms that will grow into fruit, we cannot help going out and enjoying every scent, every sound, every joyful movement of nature’s creatures. Make this May the best so far!” — Designed by PopArt Studio from Serbia.

Birds Of May

Be On Your Bike!

“May is National Bike Month! So, instead of hopping in your car, grab your bike and go. Our whole family loves that we live in our bike-friendly community. So, bike to work, to school, to the store, or to the park — sometimes it is faster. Not only is it good for the environment, but it is great exercise!” — Designed by Karen Frolo from the United States.

Add Color To Your Life!

“This month is dedicated to flowers, to join us and brighten our days giving a little more color to our daily life.” — Designed by Verónica Valenzuela from Spain.

Always Seek Knowledge

Welcome May With An Ice Cream!

“May is the last month of spring, the weather is getting hotter every day and it starts to feel almost like summer. So, the best thing to cool ourselves and bring summer closer is to… welcome May with an ice cream!” — Designed by WebOlution from Greece.

Sweet Lily Of The Valley

“The ‘lily of the valley’ came earlier this year. In France, we celebrate the month of May with this plant.” — Designed by Philippe Brouard from France.

May The Force Be With You

“Yoda is my favorite Star Wars character and ‘may’ has funny double meaning.” — Designed by Antun Hirsman from Croatia.

Enjoy May!

Celestial Longitude Of 45°

“Lixia is the 7th solar term according to the traditional East Asian calendars, which divide a year into 24 solar terms. It signifies the beginning of summer in East Asian cultures. Usually begins around May 5 and ends around May 21.” — Designed by Hong, Zi-Cing from Taiwan.

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