by Melissa Wheeler
May Day is just a couple weeks away and my inner-child’s heart still skips a beat when I think about sharing May Day baskets.
My cousin Suzanne and I grew up running around the woods behind my home in Washington State. My Grandma Cleaver lived through the woods and a cow pasture away. We adored her and her stories about growing up in Kansas. One spring, she told us about picking flowers and sneakily delivering them to her neighbors on May Day.
For two little girls, that idea sounded like the best thing ever. We began making our own baskets from construction paper. Sometimes we filled them with daisies, buttercups and dandelions. Other times we made flowers out of tissue or colored paper.
When the baskets were filled to the brim with flowers, Suzanne and I would sneak up to our neighbors homes, hang the handmade baskets on their door knobs, knock and run away.
My heart still warms to think about it, even though it has been a long time. I think I will do it again this year – but with my little boys. They could not care less about making flowers and baskets, but they love to be sneaky. They also love to put a smile on a friend’s face.
I’ve been scouring pinterest for different May Day ideas and wanted to share a few of my favorites.
May Day Baskets
Here are three different types of May Day baskets to choose from. Each one is made with simple household items, like construction paper or paper plates.
1. May Day Umbrella baskets, from Everything Except the Grill. I think this idea is adorable and a very adaptable activity for younger ages. This is probably what I will make with my boys this year. They don’t have a lot of patience with crafts right now, but love to throw on a little paint and glue. I might staple the other half of the paper plate on the back to make a basket for stuffing other flowers inside.
2. May Day Flower Cones from Martha Stewart. She has a great tutorial on her site if you want in depth instructions. Basically, you cut a 7-inch square and then cut two of the sides with scalloped scissors before rolling and gluing it together. I think this is a more sophisticated-looking basket that would be lovely with the flowers I want to make (I’ll share those next week).
3. Woven May Day Baskets on education.com. I had to share this because this is the kind of basket Suzanne and I loved to make when I was in second or third grade. It is so fun to pick two colors and then weave them together. This is a great one for elementary aged children.
Next week I’ll be sharing some simple paper flower ideas and links to their tutorials. I’d love to hear what other favorite diy baskets and flowers are out there.