When I was a young girl, my girl scout troop would get together for the celebration of May Day. It was one of the first times I could remember having a lot of fun by doing something nice for other people. Often times we used to buy fresh flowers, other times we made them out of tissue paper and construction paper. We would spend an entire afternoon adorning them in little baskets or cones and on May 1st, we got together after school and dropped them off anonymously on people’s door steps around our neighborhood.
Looking back nearly twenty years later, I still remember how much fun it was. It taught me the simple act of giving. One that I believe that should still be practiced every year! Just imagine how sweet it would be to come home to a small bouquet of flowers.
Here’s a simple way to make your own May Day basket.
- Basket(s): The good news is you can find amazing deals just about anywhere because most stores are trying to sell left over Easter supplies. My recommendation is to check out Honey Willow Fireside Baskets. They’re $3.75 for a set of two, and the company is eco-friendly! Plus, they’re cute enough to use around the house after, especially if the person you’re giving it to likes to garden.Another fun option for finding baskets is found on Martha Stewart’s website, she explains how to recycle the plastic berry baskets that stores sell strawberries in, and transforms them marvelously! You can find how to do it with step by step instructions, by clicking here.
- Flowers: This is where you can get as creative as you’d like. Both supermarkets and Trader Joe’s sell cheap flowers, and you can even get away with buying flowers on sale because you won’t be setting them in water. Also, farmer markets always have such amazing fresh-cut flowers, so if you plan ahead that’s a great option. If you’re not sure when or where a farmer’s market is near you, Local Harvest was kind enough to do the work for you!
- The rest is up to you to add your own fun & creative touch! Fabric stores like Michael’s can be your best friend. Just make sure to include a tag or note that says “Happy May Day!,” so they know why they received the flowers and aren’t left trying to figure out on their own.
Ultimately this project will be what you make it. You can make one basket or twenty, you can throw it together last minute or spend a week preparing. The end result is the best part, which is doing something nice for someone else.
Enjoy today, it’s what pagans believe to be the first day of summer!