Monday, April 26, 2010

May Day is on its Way - Here's How to Make a May Basket

When I was little, we used to make May Day baskets out of paper and fill them with flowers. We'd hang them on the neighbors' doors, ring the bell and run off. Then we'd hide in the bushes and watch the door swing open to see the surprised expressions on our neighbor's faces.

Then when my kids were little, I helped them make the same paper baskets and hang them on the neighbor's doors.

May 1st is May Day and it's just around the corner. So, if you want to get ready, you might want to start making your baskets now. Here's how:

1) First I start with some pretty papers (these could be leftover gift wrapping paper).

I can also mix papers and adhere them to one another with spray-on adhesive.

2) Then I cover them in contact paper (I keep a roll around the house)

3) I roll the paper into a cone

4) I staple the edges and tape them down.
5) I punch a hole on either side

6) Then I string a ribbon through the holes

7) And stuff some flower foam down inside.
8) I use a little water holder that I can wedge into the foam and stick a bouquet into the water.

On May Day I'll fill these up and hang them on the doors.

I'll pick the flowers from my yard to make my bouquets.

May Day has traditionally been a day of celebration which involves dancing around a May pole and delivering May baskets filled with flowers onto the doors of houses.

Some people might call May day a celebration of spring and a flower festival.

In many countries, May Day is a celebration of International Workers' Day, or Labor Day, a day of political demonstrations and celebrations organized by the unions.

Traditional English May Day includes dancing, crowning a May Queen and celebrations involving a Maypole. The Maypole is adorned with ribbons that kids hold on to as they dance around the pole. This creates a beautiful multi-colored pole.


Christina Farley said...

What a lovely idea! I think I might even be able to pull it off!

Kelly Polark said...

Beautiful and not too complicated!

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Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

We might do some May Day baskets for our 3 neighbors.

Adrienne said...

I remember trying to dance the May Pole in school - we always messed it up!
I like your baskets - what a nice idea to take them around to the neighbors.

Kimbra Kasch said...

Thanks gals! I think they're fun and my kids even remember hanging them on the neighbors' doors.

Adrienne: I vaguely remember dancing around a May pole - I think once when I was young. I probably messed it up too - that's probably why we never did it again ;)

Rena Jones said...

Beautiful, Kim! I remember making these when I was a kid too.