What is May Day?
In some parts of the United States, May Baskets are made for May Day, a celebration of Spring. May Day Baskets are small baskets usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone’s doorstep. The giver rings the bell and runs away before the receiver can catch them and give them a ‘kiss!’
I remember making May baskets as a little girl. We’d fill little paper cups with handles fashioned on them, and then fill with candy. We’d climb into the car, and my mom would drive us around the neighborhood. We’d stop at a friend’s house, run up to their front door, ring the doorbell, and leave the basket, running back to the car as fast as we could!
According to the NPR, “Perhaps considered quaint now, in decades past May Basket Day — like the ancient act of dancing around the maypole — was a widespread rite of spring in the United States.”
We made our May Day baskets out of paper cups with pipe cleaner handles. I made a couple of May Day baskets using the Sweet Cups from Stampin’ Up! along with some spring-like Designer Series papers. I used two punches to punch out the butterflies and daisies for my handles. All supplies are found below, where you can just click on the products and go shopping with me!
Whether or not you practice the rite of Spring called May Day, I’m happy to be experiencing warmer weather and seeing signs of spring up in Northern Minnesota!
Have a blessed Easter, one and all!
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When my boys were young, we did May baskets, delivering them to neighbors. Such fun. They are all grown up now. The sweet cups make great May baskets.