Making your own May Day Basket is a great project to do with kids for several reasons: 1) it’s really easy 2) you can get rid of all the excessive amounts of Easter candy you have left in your house 3) it teaches children about doing kind gestures for others.
I think May Day often gets overlooked by people, but when I was a kid my Mom and Aunt made May Day baskets with me and then we would deliver them to people in the neighborhood and I still remember how fun it was. I think that traditionally you are supposed to ring the door bell, leave the basket on the doorstep, and run away. But because we lived in Minnesota running away after ringing someone’s doorbell doesn’t follow “Minnesota Nice” rules. So my Mom and Aunt would chitchat with neighbors while I anxiously awaited delivering another basket to the next house. It was always a fun day and I knew I wanted to carry the tradition on with my boys.
So here is how we did it…
Start by gathering the supplies you will need:
- Dixie Cups
- Pipe Cleaners
- Free Printable (download at bottom of post)
- Hole Punch
I found these flowery Dixie cups in the Easter clearance rack that are perfect for a May Day basket. If you can’t find a cute cup you could even use a white styrofoam cup and have the kids draw on it with markers for a special touch. Now punch a hole on opposite sides of the cup, these holes will be for the basket handles.
Poke a pipe cleaner into the holes you just punched. I twisted the ends of the pipe cleaner around the handle to keep it in place.
I printed the “Happy May Day” flowers on a piece of cardstock paper so that it would be a little more sturdy. Just cut around the flowers with a scissors.
Take another pipe cleaner and bend it in half, then tape the back of the “Happy May Day” flower to the pipe cleaner.
Now the flower is ready to be placed inside the dixie cup, I spread out the base of the pipe cleaner flower a little to make it a little more sturdy. Then I filled up the dixie cup with candy and treats which made the flower stand straight up in the cup.
I hope you have a wonderful May Day and make some May Day basket memories with your kids!
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