In a couple of days, it will be the first of May. In some parts of the world, May Day is a traditional spring holiday, a day that signals rebirth and new beginnings.
Unfortunately, May Basket Day is a tradition that has become lost over time. Back in simpler times, people rang in the first of May with a particularly charming and delightful tradition. People would take all the flowers they gathered at the end of April’s showers, arrange them in a homemade basket, along with small gifts and candies, and then hang them on the doors of friends and neighbors as a means of friendship and welcoming them into warmer weather.
It was also a way for young love to blossom. Boys would hang baskets on the doorknobs of girls they liked. They would knock on the door and quickly run away. If the girl caught the boy leaving the basket, she would chase him down in an effort to steal a kiss. Girls hung baskets on their favorite beau’s door, too. I love the nostalgic look of these vintage images, don’t you?
I made some May Baskets in the traditional cone shape today — a great way to use some retiring Designer Series Paper and ribbon! I used the beautiful All My Love Designer Series Paper – soft pinks and Soft Sea Foam accents….yum!
The template I used for the cone pattern can be found HERE! It’s easy to trace and cut once you print a master template!
I used Tear and Tape from Stampin’ Up! to attached the cone together. The Daisy is from the new Daisy Lane Stamp Set, coming out in June in the annual catalog — it goes with our existing Daisy Punch! Love it! I thought I’d give you a sneak peek! Our current Daisy Delight Stamp Set works perfectly. I punched the double daisies after stamping with Flirty Flamingo and added some punched leaves in Soft Sea Foam cardstock. (Do you like my wine glass holder? haha)
I challenge you to make some fun May baskets with your kids — or for your own friends –and then celebrate a holiday that may be lost from our history forever!
Happy May Day!!