Saturday, May 01, 2010

May Day Baskets

We have never made May Day Baskets, but have been the recipients of them many times and boy, what fun that is!  My Aunt Linda and her girls introduced us to May Day baskets by sneaking them onto our doorstep in years past, but now we live too far away and her girls are all grown up!   We have a couple friends here that have surprised us the last few years. It is always such a fun thing to hear the doorbell and find treats left behind by someone who loves us.  For those of you who are not familiar with the May Day Tradition, the basket giver rings the bell and runs away.  The person receiving the basket tries to catch the fleeing giver.  If caught, tradition said a kiss was to be exchanged!
Every year I say I am going to do it, but then do not get around to it.  I saw a few cute ideas online which made me think that I REALLY had to do it this year, so I did!  The baskets we made are inspired by three different May Day Baskets that I found online.
 I started out making holes in the cups with a paper punch, but that made my hand sore, so I used the point of my scissors instead, twisting the scissors to make the hole.  Much easier!
I found some items of clothing that were ripped and not worth sewing back together.  I cut them in 3/4 inch wide strips of fabric and laced it around the rim of the cups.  My lil' one loved helping me with this part.
The handle was made with wire, glued between two strips of ribbon.  This basket from Skip To My Lou was the inspiration for the handle.  We glued little flowers in pretty spring colors on to embellish, which I found on clearance at the craft store.
I wanted to fill them with treats that are not full of all kinds of artificial stuff.  I know that holidays are a fun time for treats, and we eat our share of junk during a holiday, but I wanted to see if I could find a way to make a treat basket without a bunch of artificial colors and high fructose corn syrup.
I choose popcorn, honeycomb cereal (I thought the flower shape was cute and they don't have a ton of sugar in them, at least for a treat), dried blueberries, multi-grain cheerios, and to top it off, ...a Lindt Lindor Truffle.
My girls are very excited to deliver these little baskets tomorrow. There is just something so fun about ringing a door bell, leaving a basket and running away!
Happy May Day!!
This post is linked to:
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Weekend WrapUp Party @ Tater Tots & Jello
Super Crafty Saturdays @ One Crafty Mommy
Sundae Scoop @ I Love Naptimes
Saturday Is Crafty Day @ Along For The Ride
Made It Mondays @ The Persimmon Perch
Made By You Mondays @ Skip To My Lou
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative


  1. Those baskets are sooo cute. I love that idea. They are beautiful!


  2. These look great and so does the contents! :) Good job!

  3. Amy, they are beautiful! Your "treats" are so thoughtful too! We've never done May Day either (not sure what the Portuguese would think) but it sounds a like fun! Logging it away for next year!

  4. I've never heard of May Day baskets - what a lovely idea! Your baskets turned out beautifully! Have fun delivering them today. :)

  5. This is the second post I have seen on these. I have some old metal baskets just ready for this purpose. I am on the boat and about to sail with you.

  6. I'm so glad you made the time to do May baskets! I have memories of many harried drives all around town with little kids who were tired, but those memories are also full of the phone messages thank you's we found when we got home. And the memories of doing something special with our kids? Those are precious now that they're all grown up! I've missed doing May baskets for five years now, and thought this might be the year to start up again but, alas, I have let the urgent fill my days once again! Enjoy this special time with your girls, Amy! You will make others smile, and when your girls are all grown up, you'll look back on these days with smiles, and not regrets. You are a wonderful mom! Love, Aunt Linda

  7. Amy, Grandma Thelma has lots of memories of May Day baskets, and hers were creative and pretty like yours. Today's World-Herald has a big picture & story about May baskets.

  8. what a fun and cute idea! I'd love for you to link these up http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/

  9. I've never heard of these baskets but they are really nice, they almost look like glass.

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  11. I have never heard of this. That sounds like so much fun. I will have to try this. Is it a certain day in May?

  12. thanks so much for stopping by a little lovely!! glad you enjoy it :)

  13. So very cute & a great idea...I will try & remember to make some of these next MayDay! Your blog is wonderful & I'm so glad I found you. Iso look forward to following you through life's great adventures!

  14. Your baskets are so cute. We did paper baskets this year with cookies...we did not doorbell ditch because I am not sure the neighbors would have eaten the cookies if they didn't know who they were from. Joni

  15. thanks for all the comments everyone! they were really fun to make. delivery took awhile...next year I will take the car that has the video player in it to keep my girls entertained in between deliveries!


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