Upcycled Craft: May Day Baskets

posted on April 25, 2013 by  |  posted under Crafting, Easter/Spring, Gift Giving, Traditions  |  12 Comments

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For much of the northern hemisphere, May 1st  marks the return of the growing season and in my book, that’s something to celebrate!

When I was a child my mom would tell me stories about the small town in South Dakota where she grew up, and how kids would craft little May Day baskets to give to friends.  I had been charmed by the thought of doing the same so that’s how these little May Day baskets came about.  They also happened to be the perfect solution for re-purposing my growing collection empty yogurt containers, which also allows me to help celebrate Earth Month (April) with a little “reduce, re-use, recycle” goin’ on!

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So, if you’re a saver and re-purposer like I am, you might enjoy this craft.  Here’s what you’ll need:

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Top Row:  Pipe cleaners.

Middle Row: Rubber bands, empty yogurt or fruit cups, cupcake liners or treat containers (I used the sturdier treat cups from Pick Your Plum because that’s what I had on hand), and glue dots. 

Bottom Row: strip of burlap, scrap fabric, or extra wide ribbon.

Let’s Begin!

Start by fitting one treat cup or a couple layers of cupcake liners to the bottom.  Use enough cupcake liners – each layer adhered with glue dots to the cup and to each other -so you can’t see the words on the container through the liners.  If you use a treat cup, they’re already thick and opaque so you only need one.  Next, place a rubber band near the top, just under the lip of the container.

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Thread a pipe cleaner under the rubber band and make a little hook with the end (leaving approx. 2 inches to fold back parallel with the longer piece.)

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Twist the shorter piece tightly around the longer piece.  Do the same on the opposite side.

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 Now cover the rubber band by wrapping a wide strip of burlap, scrap fabric, or ribbon around it.  Secure to container with glue dots.

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Finally, embellish with anything you have on hand to make it extra cute!  I happened to have some antique scrap-booking brads and plenty of ribbon.

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Now you’re ready to fill the baskets with fresh flowers or lollipop “flowers”.  For lollipop flowers, just cut some leaves out of construction paper, scrapbook paper, or craft foam, and adhere to the wrapper or stick.

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Next, “plant” them into the container filled with dried black beans for dirt.

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Add a note if you like…

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And you’re ready for delivery!

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My daughter couldn’t keep her nose out of these; she’s so eager to give them to friends.

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These would also make cute mini Easter baskets or could be used as a take-home treat container for a girls birthday party .

Do you save things and try to find ways to re-purpose them?  If so, I hope you’ll give this craft a try!

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    1. April 26th, 2013 at 5:41 pm
      Krissy says:
      Steph- adorable as usual! Love the simple steps and the great pics to go with them... thanks for sharing!
      • April 28th, 2013 at 4:53 pm
        Stephanie says:
        Aw, thanks Krissy, glad you like it!
    2. April 26th, 2013 at 9:34 pm
      brittany says:
      Always such cute ideas:)
    3. April 27th, 2013 at 8:01 am
      Barb says:
      What a darling idea! It brought back memories of my childhood when we made May Baskets and left them on our neighbor's front door. I thought this wasn't practiced anymore and looking at your post made me think - we've got to get back to doing these things. What a great idea and so fun for the kids AND adults! Great activity to do with the grandkids. Thank you for sharing! I always look forward to your fun ideas!
      • April 27th, 2013 at 11:03 am
        Stephanie says:
        You're welcome! I'm so glad you enjoy the ideas and hope you get the chance to put them to use. I love the idea of bringing back practices that allow us to connect with our neighbors and establish that old-fashioned sense of community.
    4. April 28th, 2013 at 4:11 pm
      olivia says:
      Adorable idea for a homemade gift! Thanks for sharing! Keep the ideas coming!!!
      • April 28th, 2013 at 4:51 pm
        Stephanie says:
        Will do Olivia, thanks so much!
    5. April 29th, 2013 at 1:17 pm
      Missy says:
      These are so fun and full of spring. What a fun surprise that would be and fun for the kids to help.
    6. May 2nd, 2013 at 2:55 pm
      Stephanie says:
      So cute, love this idea!
    7. May 2nd, 2013 at 4:24 pm
      Ashley says:
      So so cute Stephanie!! I love this time of year and the May Day baskets are such a cute idea for friends. Thanks.
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