Sunday, March 30, 2014

May Day baskets

I love May Day. As a kid we would put May Day baskets at our friend’s doors in secret – they usually involved strawberry baskets and popcorn. I can’t remember why you weren’t supposed to get caught delivering the baskets, but it was a lot of fun.

I made six of these baskets 2 years ago, and they are still one of my favorite craft projects. I like to think of May Day as a celebration of spring and Earth Day, so I tried to keep everything recycled or usable. Flowers are an important component of the holiday, and in this case I used Celosia, because it is a bright and happy plant. The “pots” were parfait glasses I found at an antique shop (they were really cheap too, about a $1 a piece!). The plant picks where made by rolling out Sculpey (the kind you bake) and stamping letters in it using my William Sonoma, Message in a Cookie kit. The baskets where made from cereal boxes (really simple with a bottom and 4 sides, and held together with washi tape). The handles double as headbands. They are strips of fabric braided together, and sewn onto elastic. 

I still think May Day baskets should be delivered in secret. I got in extra early to work to deliver them to each person’s desks – it was so exciting! I felt like Santa delivering presents:)