Editor’s Note: My good friend Tara Burghart shared this post with us to share with you. Tara is the co-founder of the fabulous gowestyoungmom.com, a resource for families in suburban Chicago’s Fox Valley area.
This post was originally published in 2012.
When my family returned from a spring weekend away last year, we had a lovely surprise waiting on our door — a May Day basket! The basket came from a sweet neighbor and her young daughter, and it’s a tradition I decided to adopt this year for some of our neighbors and friends. (May Day After a bit of surfing, I found directions and a free printable template for a paper basket and flowers. It was so easy even a non-crafter like me could handle it. And there was plenty of work that my preschooler could help out with, too.
Look how cute it turned out:
Here are the supplies you’ll need for your paper May Day Basket:
- Heavy paper, either scrapbooking paper or construction paper, at least 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches. (I used scrapbooking paper that was 12 x 12; cardstock weight worked best, but I used some lighter-weight sheets, too.)
- A glue stick or double sided tape
- Some kind of “sticks” to mount the paper flowers. I bought a big bag of popsicle sticks from the craft store, but pipe cleaners or straws would probably work fine, too.
- Embellishments for the inside of your paper flowers, such as pom poms, buttons or stickers. (These are optional; your kids could also just color the flowers.)
- A short piece of ribbon or string for attaching the tag.
- A paper punch would make attaching the tag easier.
- This awesome free printable template from Skip to my Lou, which is a great site full of arts & craft tutorials, ideas for handmade gifts and free printables.
- You could make just the basket (the easiest part) and fill it with live flowers, but my tulips are long gone, unfortunately.
- In addition to handling the flower work, my daughter put some of our decorations on the cones as well. Not by the book, but still cute.
- Making one basket and three flowers probably only took us about 10 minutes, and she loved it. By basket No. 4, she got bored. Next year I won’t be as ambitious about how many baskets we will make!