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How to make a May Day Basket out of paper

Posted by  ·  April 30, 2010  ·  Last Updated: April 30, 2010

Free Printable May Day Basket

This free printable May Day Basket with matching flowers is quick and easy to put together.  In no time at all you will have a fun May Day Basket— with flowers included to share with friends!

Supplies For Making a Paper May Day Basket

  • two-sided heavy (card-stock weight) scrapbooking paper cut to 8 1/2″ X 11″
  • wrapped candy for the flower centers
  • double sided tape or a glue stick
  • scissors
  • long craft sticks found at a craft and hobby store
  • a small piece of ribbon or string for attaching the tag

How to assemble the May Day Basket

Download template and print on two sided card-stock.

Printable May Day Basket

Cut out all pieces. Cut clear to the edge even though the lines don’t print clear to the edge. Spread glue stick  on 1/4 inch on edge of straight side. Fold paper together to make a cone. Overlap top edge no more than 1/2 inch. Seam can go to a point. Glue flower shapes to wood craft stick and then glue candy to center of flower. Glue or tape handle to cone, fill cone with some candy and add flowers.Gift tag can be attached by poking a hole in the tag and attaching a ribbon. Let your imagination run wild. The flowers would be extra cute with some paper embellishments or even glitter! How about adding some leaves to the wood craft stick— you could even write some sweet messages on the leaves.

Hang on your friend’s door and RUN!

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    so cute~ thank you for the free printable!!
  17. Thursday, April 4th, 2013
    I just wanted to say thanks for the great tutorial and template, we will be putting these together as a youth volunteer project for seniors that don't get many visitors to bring them some spring cheer!
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  18. Saturday, April 28th, 2012
    May 1st our senior center will be hosting a 4th grade class and the senior members, volunteers and educational staff will get together at our center to make May Day baskets.
    This is a tradition I have loved since a child myself. I grew up in a very small town in SW Kansas and I remember our whole class making baskets and placing them on as many peoples doors as we could, ringing the bell or knocking while hiding in the bushes to make sure someone picked it up. It was so much fun to see the surprise on the recipients faces.
    As a child, when we were bored and a bit ornery we would sometimes ring peoples doorbells just for fun and run, however when May 1st came around there was a purpose to those innocent little pranks. I think it was a way to say "I'm sorry". Happy May Day Baskets Making. Blessings to each of you.
  19. Friday, April 27th, 2012
    Thanks so much for this wonderful idea. My daughter and I made several baskets and a bunch of flowers last night, and I shared it today on my blog, Go West Young Mom, which is aimed at families in the western suburbs of Chicago. Of course I showed the love to Skip to My Lou. Thank you! http://www.gowestyoungmom.com/home/2012/4/27/easy-craft-how-to-make-a-may-day-basket-out-of-paper.html
  20. Monday, April 4th, 2011
    I love this! So simple, yet so perfect...
  21. Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
    So cute! Love the kisses on the flowers :)
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  23. Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
    Mayday! Mayday! I need to make this basket in a quick way!

    I love the flowers with the kisses. Super cute.

    Great to meet you today!
  24. Saturday, May 1st, 2010
    This is super cute and easy!!! Cool!
    Since i am here a lot, i wanted you to know about my give away on my blog and i don't want you to miss it. I will not Link my party to other party :)
  25. Saturday, May 1st, 2010
    Just stopping by to say THANKS for being one of my Top Referrers for April!
    BTW - Luv that paper :-)
  26. Barbara
    Saturday, May 1st, 2010
    Lots people don't know this tradition of may Day.But hope this enlightens it to them. Just darling, Thanks .......
  27. Saturday, May 1st, 2010
    I love it. I am going to make several of these today and hang them on my neighbors doors. What a great way to say hello to your neighbors!
  28. Saturday, May 1st, 2010
    Love your blog! I have an award for you on my blog! This is a wonderful May Day award.
  29. Saturday, May 1st, 2010
    I was thinking what caroline was. We will be celebrating Teacher Appriciation next week. These would be so nice to give to my boys teachers. TFS!
  30. Joan
    Friday, April 30th, 2010
    I love the old memories of ringing the door bell and running. This are fancy May Day Baskets. I like them.
  31. Caroline
    Friday, April 30th, 2010
    love these ideas... i cant wait to go and make for the kids teachers...
  32. Joy
    Friday, April 30th, 2010
    OMG! This is perfect. I am making May Day baskets next week with the kids at work. I work for a non-profit and have to plan crafts for at least 50 kids from ages from 2-7. I think I'll use pompoms though instead of the candy.
  33. Friday, April 30th, 2010
    Do you have the tutorial in a printable version, perhaps???

    I love this! Such a cute idea! Thank you so much for sharing!
  34. Friday, April 30th, 2010
    awwwww this is such a great tutorial with a really pretty end product!! love it!
  35. Friday, April 30th, 2010
    I love May Day baskets. Brings back memories! Soo cute as always Cindy!