spring fever: simple and easy may day baskets {dailybuzz 9x9}

Our backyard bougainvillea is blooming and taking over, and I thought I would use some cuttings to share one of my favorite spring traditions.  When I was a little girl, my sisters and I would always make May Day baskets to pass around the neighborhood.  My kids and I did a little trial run making some baskets, and they are already talking about doing it again on May 1st.  I am a self-confessed non-crafter, and this is a very simple, cheap and easy project that kids can complete with very little help.  It’s also a great project for community building – my neighbors loved the little gesture and we had a blast passing them out.

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To get started, you will need some fresh flowers, some craft paper, some tape, and some scrap ribbon.  Since we had an overabundance of bougainvillea that’s what we used, but as a kid I remember hunting for wildflowers (which probably involved a lot of dandelions and other weeds).  I usually keep scrap ribbon from gifts or packaging in a basket in the garage, so I picked a couple pieces that looked like spring.  The craft paper was a scrapbooking pad I bought at Michael’s, but construction paper would do as well.

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To make a cone, you want to cut a semicircle into the paper about an inch from the top.  It doesn’t need to be exact.  I drew a line on the back of each child’s paper so they could cut independently.

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Then, its as easy as shaping the paper into a cone and securing it with tape.

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Next, cut a piece of ribbon and secure each end to the cone. 

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Stuff with flowers . . .

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And voila!

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Now the fun part . . . time to hang the flowers on the doors of the houses in our neighborhood.

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Karis spotted some flowers along the way, so with the neighbors permission, we fortified our arrangements with a bit more color.

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One neighbor took a basket and traded it for a huge bunch of kale.  Jafta loves kale chips, so he was feeling pretty lucky about that trade.

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See what a couple of flowers can get you?

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Last basket! The kids had a blast passing them out, and I’m still getting thanks from the neighbors.

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Did you make May Day baskets as a child?

{Karis and India’s dresses courtesy of Pippen Lane}


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