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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Imagine the surprise when our friends open their doors to find springtime in a basket!
Jeannelle Hart says
I never knew what “May Day” meant, or where it came from. What a cute idea!