Create May Day Baskets

I remember gathering all the necessary supplies out of the cupboards.  Things like cups, pipe cleaners, popcorn, and candy.  My mom would help my sister and I make our homemade May Day baskets.

When we were all done we would hop in the car and my mom would drive us to our friends’ homes.  We would dash out of the car, race to the door, place the cup on the porch, and ding the doorbell before racing back. You didn’t want to get caught or you would get kissed!

Do you participate in the May Day basket Tradition?

Passing on The May Basket Tradition

May 1st is coming up and you better believe we will be making and passing out May Baskets.  My kids have been counting down the days for weeks now!

A few years ago, I took a poll on my Insta-stories and less than 50% knew what a May Day basket was so I thought it was my duty to fill you all in on the sweetest little tradition!  Funny enough, May baskets used to be a fun tradition across the USA but over the decades, the fun tradition has died out.  You can read more about May Baskets here.

The good news is you can bring the fun to your neighborhood.  When we first moved into our neighborhood very few people knew what a May Day basket was and I had to text them to let them know there was a treat the door.  However, more people participated the following year.  Now, there is no shortage of doorbells dinging and racing feet around our neighborhood.

How to Make a May Day Basket

You don’t even have to go to the store.  Check your craft closet and pantry to see what you have on hand.  Here are two very simple may day baskets that took less than 5 minutes to assemble.

Make a May Day Basket with a Cup

may day basket cup supplies

You can use a paper or plastic cup, pop two holes in the side with a hole punch, and loop a pipe cleaner or string through the holes for a handle.  Decorate how you wish with stickers and markers.

assembling may day cup

You can also use strips of decorated paper and attach it to the cup with staples or tape!

May Day Baskets with Paper

If you don’t have cups, a rolled-up paper-cone with a paper handle does the trick too!   Fill the cup with popcorn, candy, raisins or any other treats you would like.

may day basket paper supplies

assembling may day basket

Secure the bottom and sides with a few staples or pieces of tape.  You can leave the handle on the doorknob so the popcorn doesn’t fall out!  Before you fill it, don’t forget to decorate it with stickers, crayons or markers!

may day basket paper

Will you try May Day Baskets?

If you don’t do it in your area, start it!  What better way to get to know your neighbors and spread joy to your friends!  In an era of technology and less human interaction, it’s fun to pass on a fun tradition!

We might not be able to prank call the boy we like anymore but we can teach our kids the fine art of ding-dong ditching (within reason of course!  The simplicity of the basket makes it an easy activity to do even if you forget until the last minute which is what usually happens around here!  Happy May Day!

May Day 2015

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Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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