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We are celebrating Earth Day by getting a head start on our recycled May Day Baskets. You can make the simply beautiful May Day basket with minimal supplies. It all starts with a tall recycled tin can and a wire coat hanger.
May baskets are a simple way to celebrate spring and a huge part of May Day traditions. So if it’s part of your tradition to surprise a friend with flowers, check out all these great DIY May Day Baskets ideas!
Crafts like this are great because they teach kids (and adults) to think of new ways to repurpose recyclable materials. There really are no limits on what can be done with an empty tin can. They do, however, make a great May Day basket!
Here’s What you Need to make a May Day Basket:
We used tall tin cans, a coat hanger for the handle, a piece of brown paper grocery bag cut with scalloped scissors, and a piece of twine. Here’s the exact list of supplies needed to make this recycled May Day Basket (affiliate links included):
- Tall tin cans (such as the ones pasta sauce comes in)
- A coat hanger
- Piece of brown paper cut from a brown paper grocery sack
- Scallop scissors
- A pair of pliers
How to make a May Day Basket
To begin make sure the tin can is clean. Then with a hammer and nail punch two holes into the can toward the upper lip of the can on opposite sides.
Next, from a wire coat hanger cut approximately 18″ of wire. Bending it into a curve as shown in the picture to make the handle of the basket. To attach the handle feed the wire through each hole and using pair of pliers squeeze the wire closed making a small loop.
You want to make the handle long (ours was about 18 inches), so it will fit over a doorknob when filled with flowers.
Then cut a piece of brown paper out of the sack with scallop scissors. You’ll want to make sure the paper overlaps when wrapped around the can. The finishing touch of the May Basket is to tie the twine around the middle of the paper.
More Decorating Options: You can make the cans extra sweet by wrapping a scrap of pretty scrapbook paper or fabric and tie a pretty ribbon around the middle. Or add a personal touch to the can by painting a pretty picture on the can. Have fun with it and make it your own!
Now, fill your May Day Basket with your favorite spring flowers. Pick flowers fresh from your yard or buy fresh flowers from your favorite florist. If you want to make your May Day Flowers last, you can use artificial or paper flowers.
Here’s the best step of all. Hang the May Day Basket on the doorknob of a neighbor or friend then ring the doorbell and run away. They are sure to love the rustic look of the basket!
While this basket makes the most adorable May Day gifts, these also make great wedding or party decorations. Then once the party is over you can give them away as party favors.
More Eco-Friendly crafts
Interested in other eco-friendly crafts? Check out how to make cloth napkins and how to make a zippered pouch from recycled juice bags.
If you would like a fun learning activity for kids check out these great Earth Day Coloring Pages.