May Day Basket

May Day Basket

I’ve always looked forward to May 1, because it’s a sign of Spring. After all April Showers bring May Flowers!

From Wikipedia: Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of “May baskets”, small baskets of sweets and/or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbours’ doorsteps

Here are some super cute May Day Baskets you can make at home. Leave them anonymously for friends and neighbors to brighten their day – and welcome Spring!

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The Easter Upcycle (nothing to it!)

May Day baskets are a great time to reuse your unwanted Easter basket from last month! Just fill with goodies and flowers and add a custom handmade “happy May Day” tag!

Make Your Own May Day Basket

What you’ll need: construction paper, tape/glue/stapler, scissors, markers/crayons/colored pencils, foam cutouts, etc.

The May Day Cone (easy!)

This is a great craft to do with young kids!

  1. Simply wrap a piece of paper into a cone shape
  2. Tape, glue or staple in place
  3. Trim off top to be straight
  4. Add a handle
  5. Decorate and fill your basket (see below)
  6. Hang on door knob and run!

May Day Bouquet (medium)

This one is slightly more involved, and adds an extra bit of class to your basket.

  1. Cut paper into strips
  2. Use one strip as the basket’s top, and attach the other strips to hang down and form a bottom
  3. Trim top to be straight
  4. Add a handle
  5. Decorate and fill your basket (see below)
  6. Hang on door knob and run!

Ideas to decorate and fill your basket

  • Optionally, cut out shapes or use foam pieces (dollar stores often have these), or draw pictures or designs on your basket to make it more festive
  • Fill with treats, candy, snacks, bracelets, small toys, etc.
  • Add flowers: Trim a few flowers with short stems, wet a napkin and fold into 1/4 size, wrap with plastic wrap and tie with a twist tie, place in basket
  • Hang your May Day Basket on someone’s door knob and run! 🙂