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May Day Basket Idea

By Cindy Hopper

May Day is one of my family’s favorite holidays. I love the idea of showering friends with unexpected sweetness and my kids love the “ding and dash”! It is such a fun family activity that we look forward to each year. My kids take great pleasure in planning out how they can secretly leave our baskets— we have even borrowed a different car on occasion!

We have had some wild weather around here where I live and I am worried that there won’t be many flowers growing for May Day. These little paper baskets are perfect for bedding plants for the garden.

Large May Day Basket Template

Small May Day Basket Template

Print out the templates on cardstock. Use full sheets of paper even though printing doesn’t go to the edges. These templates are a blank canvas! You can use printed cardstock, or have your child color pictures on the colored cardstock or decorate the cardstock with stickers and glitter.

Lightly score the dotted lines on the cardstock and fold on all lines. Cut two strips of cardstock each about 1″ X 11″ long for the handle.

Fold corners to the inside on each end of basket.

Glue the two strips of paper together to make one long strip for the handle. Staple the end of the handle and the corners of the basket together. I made an “x” with the staples. You could also use a fancy brad or hot glue.

Repeat for the other side and the basket is finished. Embellish basket if desired!

The larger basket fits a garden six pack and the smaller a four pack.

Use a garden marker to write, “Happy May Day!” I found the large wooden ones at the garden store for about 10 cents each. I think it would be most charming in child’s writing (but my 4 year old can’t write yet and the others were at school).

You might also be interested in:
May Day Cone Template with gift tag
May Day Baskets made from recycled cardboard drink carriers
May Day Baskets made from recycled cans

About the Author

Cindy Hopper

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 cont...

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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Ashley, with CWDkids

I LOVE your May basket idea. This is a great spring weekend project. I can’t wait to show my kids this afternoon.
Thank you!
Ashley, with CWDkids


I remember making small Easter baskets similar to this but shallower and with shorter handles for the residents of a home for the aged – when I was a Carmelette – teenage helper for the Carmelite Sisters. We made a whole lot of them but it was so much fun. We stapled them also. I think I will try your May Day baskets as they look like such fun and I like the taller handles. Thanks again, Linda


How Cute! May Baskets have always been special! Thanks!


I LOVE this and want to make it, but am having a hard time getting the pdf files to open. Is there anyway you can e-mnail them to me or double check the link?
Editor: The links work; we just checked them. Will happily send to you now via email. 🙂