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Recycled May Day Baskets

Posted by  ·  April 22, 2009  ·  Last Updated: April 22, 2009

We are celebrating Earth Day by getting a head start on our May Day Baskets.


We used tall tin cans (the ones pasta sauce comes in), a coat hanger for the handle, a piece of brown paper grocery bag cut with scalloped scissors and a piece of twine. The cans would be extra sweet with a scrap of pretty scrapbook paper, or fabric and pretty ribbon tied around the middle or you could  paint the can. We pierced holes for the handles by nailing a nail in each side of the can.

maydaycan2Make the handle long (ours was about 18 inches) so it will fit over a door knob when filled with flowers.


Interested in other eco friendly crafts? Check out how to make cloth napkins and how to make a zippered pouch from recycled juice bags.

You will find more ways to celebrate May Day here.

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  1. Thursday, October 27th, 2011
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  2. Monday, June 13th, 2011
    My 3rd grader just made and gave this to his teacher on the last day of school and she absolutely loved it! He looked so cute walking to his class with his surprise for his teacher! This was a really fun project for him to do!
  3. Monday, April 5th, 2010
    I love,love,love your May Day baskets. It's such a wonderful idea..so very pretty.Thank you for sharing..
  4. Monday, April 5th, 2010
    Very cute idea!
  5. Friday, March 26th, 2010
    What a great idea for reusing a common item! I love it and featured you in my post Friday Finds today!
  6. Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
    The Itty-Bitty Bookworm will soon be publishing a monthly e-magazine. It will be a compilation of the best preschool activities around the blogosphere. I would like to include this project. If you agree to allow us to publish these ideas, we will also publish your name, bio, and bloglink.

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  7. Saturday, April 25th, 2009
    I love this idea! Every year I vow to give a May basket and every year I forget! This year I will do it!!
  8. Jenny
    Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
    Verbena! That's it -- I just love it! So pretty!
  9. Amy
    Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
    Totally love this idea! What a great way to repurpose a can!
  10. gemgirl
    Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
    What a beautiful basket. I bet your house is lovely with all those baskets ready to go out on May 1. You are the greatest. Thanks.
  11. Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
    Hi! I just wanted to stop by and show some love...love your blog, all the crafty ideas and the tips. I am now an avid follower. When you get a chance, stop by my place...I just started blogging a few weeks ago so it's not all "blinged" out just yet but give me some time and I will have it all together. If you have any suggestions, that would be great too! www.menmyhouseblog.blogspot.com. Thanks so much for all the goodness! Have a fabulous Wednesday!
  12. Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
  13. Jenny
    Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
    Beautiful! Love it! You're the best! Happy Earth Day!
  14. Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
    I love it. I have about 10 of these cans. The pacrat in me always keeps things just in case I can use them for something (hubby hates it) but HA vindication! Thanks KIM
  15. Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
    That is so cute!! easy, cheap and beautiful...right up my alley!
  16. Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
    Oh, I was just looking around for May basket ideas yesterday, perfect timing. Soup cans is one thing we have a lot of around here, no wire coat hangers though, I'm off to the shed and the craft closet to look for a handle alternative.
  17. Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
    That is super super cute. Great idea.
  18. Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
    What a cute idea! I used to love May Day when I was little! I can't wait to try this with my daughter!
  19. Kari
    Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
    Love this! I just set out my recycling (on Earth Day!) so I'll have to plan a few meals around the ideal cans:-) Thanks!
  20. Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
    That is amazing! I am going to try this one. Thanks!

  21. Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
    Oh! I love this. I'm bookmarking it and hoping to get to this project later this week. THanks for the inspiration.
  22. Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
    I love this idea! I loved it SO much, I had to share this post over at my little blog! This cute idea is certainly worth checking out. Thanks for sharing!
    Now, I am going to dig out some old tin cans and get started! ;)