I love May Day. I know people don’t even think of it as a holiday, but it is special to me. (If you want a history lesson into the meaning you can read more here.) I remember being little and making baskets out of construction paper and cutting flowers to give to my neighbors. This is a special memory of my mother. Last year, my first May Day at Courtland, I made my immediate neighbors baskets. This year I did it again! This posting is a super easy tutorial for the craft-challenged to make a May Day basket.
I like to do my crafts the easy way. So, for these colorful baskets I buy file folders in the Target $1 bin. They work great, are very inexpensive, and have fun patterns. Be sure to stock up over the year because they don’t always have them for sale when you need them.
The next step is to tear them in half down the crease and cut off the tabs if applicable (This was Chet’s job this year). Roll the half a folder up into a cone and put one staple in the side to keep it together. I then put a piece of scotch tape to hold the flap down.
Next, take a folder and crop off about a 1″ wide strip for the handle.
To attach the handle I pull out the stapler again. Seriously, I like my crafts simple and fast.
Once the handle is attached you have an attractive basket ready to fill! I like to find inexpensive but fun things for my baskets. This year I included cookies, candy, lip gloss, nail files, and lilac in some. Any small, fun think will work! Target and Walgreens are good places to find deals for only $1. (Note: Recipients LOVE it if you give them a mini bottle of booze.)
Lastly, run your baskets to your friends’ and neighbors’ houses and hang them on their doorknobs. They will come home to a fun gift/treat, and it will brighten their day!