Make a Pretty May Day Basket

For a fun springtime tradition, make a colorful handmade May Day basket, fill it with candy or flowers, and set it on a neighbor's porch. We tell you what goes in our DIY May Day baskets and give you a few ideas to make your own.

May Day Flower Baskets

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. 

Looking for easy May Day basket ideas? Upcycle a berry basket from the grocery store into a sweet gift. Simply print our free May basket tags and glue them to a cardboard or wooden berry basket. Fill the baskets with fresh cut flowers or candy. Add a piece of patterned wrapping paper under the tags for an extra pop of color. 

Paper Flower May Day Cards

This handmade May Day card is the perfect way to use up leftover scrapbook paper or tissue paper. Simply use our template to create an oversized tissue paper flower. Attach your finished flower to a piece of cut patterned paper with washi tape. Add a sweet message and you're done! 

May Day 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 fresh spring flowers or lightweight candy. 

May Day Gift Tags

These adorable gift toppers are filled with stunning dried flower petals. To create, simply cut a square gift tag with a smaller square cut from the center. Fill a transparent bag with dried petals and tape to the back of the tag. Attach to your May Day gift and add our free printable tag. 

May Day Mason Jars

This May Day basket craft is as easy as they come! Simply fill a small Mason jar with fresh flowers. Add a piece of leather cord and tie on our free printable gift tags. Use blooms in spring colors like pinks, purples, and pale greens. 

More May Day Basket Ideas:

  • Hammer holes in the sides of a tin can, run twine or ribbon through each hole, and knot each end inside. Fill with treats.
  • Fill a strawberry basket that's been rinsed off with small candy pieces; tie a ribbon or piece of string to both ends to hang your basket.
  • Cover an empty whipped topping tub with colorful scrapbook paper, punch two holes on either side, and make a hanger by running twine through the holes. Fill with flowers.

What to Put in Your May Day Basket:

  • Flowers and other greenery picked from the yard.
  • Simple baked goods, such as banana bread slices or cookies wrapped in plastic wrap so they'll stay fresh.
  • Store-bought candy.
  • Paper flowers made from chenille stems and layers of tissue paper, or other easy springtime crafts projects.


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