may day baskets

Tomorrow is May Day!  May Day is a spring holiday celebrated throughout Europe and North America on May 1st.  Depending on where you live, there are various traditions involving dance, songs, and cakes.  The customs of May Day were brought to the United States by early European settlers.  One of the traditions that is still around today is the May Day basket!  These are small baskets filled with flowers or treats and left at someone’s doorstep.  The giver rings the doorbell and runs away.  The recipient finds a surprise by their door!

may day baskets | polka dots and picket fences

I decided to create my May Day baskets using a few items that I had picked up from the dollar bins at Target and Michael’s in the past month.

may day baskets | polka dots and picket fences

I found these adorable felt flower embellishments at Michael’s.  So cute…I didn’t know what I was going to do with them when I bought them, but how can you go wrong with $1 per package!

may day baskets | polka dots and picket fences

I also discovered these cute tin pails and the daisy grow kits at Target for $1 each.  The pails have a band of pink around the bottom.  So much you can do with them that I snatched up a few on a recent visit to Target!

may day baskets | polka dots and picket fences   may day baskets | polka dots and picket fences

Once I had the idea to use my dollar bin purchases for a May Day basket, I just added some silk daisy plants and ribbon to my craft arsenal.

may day baskets | polka dots and picket fences

I decorated the pink band on each of the pail with the felt flowers.  Because there was no adhesive on the back (what can you expect for a dollar), I used glue dots to attach them to the tin pail.

may day baskets | polka dots and picket fences   may day baskets | polka dots and picket fences

Then I put a daisy grow kit in each pail.  Wouldn’t it be fun to plant your seeds in a mini terra cotta pot and watch it grow?  You can always transplant it into the ground later.  I added the silk daisy plant to show what the kit will (hopefully) look like in the future!

may day baskets | polka dots and picket fences   may day baskets | polka dots and picket fences

The finishing touches…some pink polka dot ribbon tied into a bow, along with a yellow daisy ribbon as a door hanger and a “Happy May Day” tag attached to it.

may day baskets | polka dots and picket fences

may day baskets | polka dots and picket fences

may day baskets | polka dots and picket fences

Now comes the fun part…the delivery!  My youngest says it is just like “booing” her friends at Halloween.  You don’t want to get caught!

may day baskets | polka dots and picket fences

may day baskets | polka dots and picket fences

may day baskets | polka dots and picket fences

may day baskets | polka dots and picket fences

Imagine the surprise when our friends open their doors to find springtime in a basket!

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