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May Day Tradition: Baskets for your Neighbors!

April 24, 2014
By: Melissa Hucal
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May Day is almost here! Celebrated on May 1st, the holiday is thought to have originated in Roman times as a festival of flowers.

One of the most common customs for celebrating this day is by making small baskets filled with flowers and even a few treats to share with friends and neighbors.

Traditional May Day baskets are easy to make at home with just a few supplies.

Gather up the following:
  • A full sheet (at least 8 1/2 x11) of spring colored or patterned paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape and/or a stapler
  • Flowers, candy or other trinkets to fill the basket
And follow these steps:
  1. Draw a 6-8" quarter circle on the paper. A plate or lid makes a great template! Using the scissors, cut the shape from the paper.
  2. Roll together into a cone shape and tape to hold in place.
  3. Cut a 10-12" strip of paper for the handle. Staple each end to opposite sides of the cone.
  4. Fill the cone with flowers and treats before delivering to a neighbor.
The most fun part of this May Day tradition is that the baskets are delivered anonymously … just place the basket on the doorknob, ring the doorbell or knock and then run and hide as you wait for the recipient to find the basket!