DIY May Day Baskets

Monday, May 1, 2017

Bougainvillea at Terrain Westport

It’s May 1st or May Day!  Remember when you used to make May baskets out of construction paper rolled into cones and a handle from a pipe cleaner?  We filled them with flowers from the yard and something like candy kisses.  Then the tradition was to hang the May Basket on the door, ring and run.  Of course this only works when you are very young or young at heart I suppose.  I made the white paper bag May Baskets a few years ago using lunch bags and a hole punch.  Simply cut the bag in half while it’s still folded and cut a scalloped edge.  Then go back and punch a hole in each scallop.  Using white paper lunch bags makes it look like a lace edge.  Place your flowers or treats in the bag.  This year I think Terrain had the right idea with their mini baskets of Bougainvillea.  For those of us on the east coast that once lived where it’s warm year-round–we all miss our Bougainvillea.  I get my daily dose hereHappy May Day!

White Paper Bags for simple diy May Day Baskets

Micro Lemon Thyme

Micro Lemonb Thyme Plant for May Day Basket

Paper Bag May Day DIY Baskets

Waveny Park in New Canaan on May 1

Waveny Park always looks like this on the first day of May in New Canaan!  Lush and green.  All that April rain makes for a beautiful May.






  • Garden, Home and Party

    What a great idea. I like the idea of giving a little something useful (herbs) in such a sweet, easy container.
    We enjoyed very warm weather over the weekend. It’s gives me a boost in energy!
    Happy May Day!


    MAY DAY, as a child I did as you described…….
    I had my SONS do but with the tins from Tomato Cans………..
    I once made a MAY DAY POLE when we were remodeling………with a PVC PIPE.
    MY neighbor has a movie of that somewhere!LOADS OF RIBBON for the neighborhood children.

    • annie

      You must get your hands on that movie! Has it been years since you saw it? I can imagine with your style just how magnificent your May Day Pole would be! And tomato cans for May baskets—sounds delightful!

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