Make Your Own May Day Basket



We are doing some recycling and celebrating May Day at the same time at our house.

These taller pasta sauce cans are perfect for May Day Baskets (smaller cans could also be used). Since the cans are water tight they are perfect if you are using fresh flowers.  Since we are making “flowers” a variety of non water tight containers could be recycled and used.

We can’t always count on the flower supply in our yard so we decided to give flower seed packets for our “flowers.”

May Day Basket Instructions

Gather up some cans, a coat hanger for the handle, seed packets, extra long craft sticks, candy, wiggly eyes, a low temp glue gun and some constructions paper.

To make long leaves cut a skinny leaf shape and hot glue two sicks to the back of the paper so the entire leaf is supported. Hot glue one stick to the back of the seed packet.

We made cool bugs on our leaves by hot gluing together gumballs and wiggly eyes. The butterfly is a piece of child decorated construction paper with a sucker for the body.

A child made label dresses up the can perfectly.

Drill holes in can on each side near the top and use part of the coat hanger for the handle. Fasten the label to the can with a bit of hot glue. Fill can with candy and add leaves and a “flower.” Now you have a fun (and useful)  May Day Basket.

Happy May Day!

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Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has continued her love of art and is now passing her creative skills on to her three children. Cindy's family and friends are the beneficiaries of her passion for fun and meaningful creative projects.

Cindy's personal blog, Skip to My Lou, has taken her love of a project to new levels. Postings keep the family busy -– from testing new recipes for holiday treats to designing and building floats for a neighborhood parade to making fabric rolls to hold crayons to creating themed parties. Cindy seems to have an unending supply of ideas for gifts, parties and rainy days.

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6 Responses to “Make Your Own May Day Basket”

  1. Kim Apr 29 at 10:13 am Reply Reply

    omg, too cute! I love the caterpillar!
    Kim @
    party inspiration

  2. This is sooooo cute! We may end up making some for Mother’s Day gifts.

  3. Alicia Apr 29 at 3:12 pm Reply Reply

    This is SO cute! I think my son and I may be making these for May Day! I would love to link this to my blog!

  4. Courtney May 01 at 1:31 pm Reply Reply

    Oh my gosh!!! This is the cutest May day project EVER!! What an earth-friendly idea. I hope to use it next year!

  5. Maria May 03 at 4:53 pm Reply Reply

    This is so cute. I am going to help my grandsons make these for their Moms!

  6. Infant dress May 05 at 5:11 am Reply Reply

    This is the cutest May day project EVER!! What an earth-friendly idea.We may end up making some for Mother’s Day gifts.

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