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May Day Baskets

May Day has been a traditional day of festivities throughout the centuries for many countries.  Each Country has its own reason for celebrating May 1st.  May Day is mostly associated with towns and villages celebrating springtime fertility of the soil, livestock, and people.  In some religions it is a special day as well. It’s a day when seeding has been completed and farm workers received the day off. One of the most recognizable symbols of the traditions is the maypole, around which traditional dancers circle with ribbons. In the United States, May Day Baskets are made which are small baskets filled with flowers or treats and left on someone’s doorsteps. The giver will ring the doorbell and run away, if the person is catch as kiss is exchanged!  After finding out the meaning of May Day and actually planting a garden this year, I thought it would be fun to partake in this fun day!! The girls and I created Door Hanger May Day Baskets to place on doorknobs of our friends and family.

What you will need:

  • Lunch Size Paper Bag
  • Washi Tape
  • Markers and/or Pens
  • Scissors
  • Flowers

Step 1: Making the Paper Bag Basket.

To start you will fold the top part of the bag down to where the bottom of the paper bags fold is. (see below)

Paperbag

Now, I used a blue line to show you where you cut next, this also helps if you have little ones to give them a guide to follow.

paper-bag-cutouts

Then, open your bag and you will see the start to the handle.

Paperbag-open-cutouts

Flip the bag on the sides and cut down the seams of the bag to the bottom of the opening that you cut earlier.

May-Day-basket-cutouts

Your bag will now look like this.

May-Day-Baskets-cuts

The finished cut out bag now door hanger basket.

May-Day-Baskets-completed-cuts

Step 2:  Decorate your baskets.

My girls decided to you washi tape, card stock and markers to decorate their bags. My oldest daughter even added a little extra flare to the bags by trimming the corners of the handle on the bag.

Decorated-may-day-bags

 

Step 3: Add Flowers and hang on door.

Here are a few pictures of our finished May Day Door Hanger Baskets.

MAy-Day-Baskets

May-Day-Door-Hanger

This was a great activity to do with my kiddos and they have been counting down the days until we get to place then on our friends and families doors.   Hope this inspires you to have a little fun on May Day, make someone smile and learn a little about May Day itself.

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