For a fun springtime tradition, make a colorful May Day basket and fill it with candy or flowers to hang on a neighbor’s door. We tell you what goes in our May Day baskets and give you a few ideas to make your own.
On the first of May, sneak up to a neighbor's front door and surprise him or her with a cute basket filled with flowers, candy, or small gifts. The trick is not to get caught while doing it -- or according to tradition, you're supposed to get a kiss. See our ideas for May Day baskets and what to put in them, below.
May Day baskets can be made from many different materials, such as scrapbook paper and ribbon, flowerpots, or recycled tin cans. Get creative with your May Day basket this year with our easy ideas.
May Day Basket Idea #1: Scrapbook Paper Cones
Roll a piece of pretty patterned scrapbook paper into a cone shape and secure with tape. Punch two holes on opposite sides of the opening, and thread a colorful ribbon through them so you can hang your May Day basket on a doorknob. Gently fill with paper flowers, lollipops, and other small, lightweight candy.
May Day Basket #2: Flowerpot with Hanging Wire
Grab an unused flowerpot and a wire hanger for this easy May Day basket. Put your goodies inside the pot -- since it’s a flowerpot, fresh flowers will always look great -- and create a handle by reshaping the wire hanger around the top just below the lip of the flowerpot. Remember to attach a tag!
Editor’s Tip: Depending on the size of the flowerpot, you may need two wire hangers. Bend the first into a circle to go around the pot. Bend the second into a longer handle shape, attaching it to the first by bending the ends into hooks and wrapping them around the circle wire.