May Baskets Traditions

The ritual of hanging May Day baskets on a neighbor’s door in springtime has a long history, Maybe as far back as ancient Rome. The practice was particularly popular a millennium later, in the 19th and 20th centuries. But sadly, this quaint tradition has faded.

We think those little baskets filled with beautiful flowers and small treats, traditionally left hanging on the door of loved ones or neighbors make a perfect gesture of warmth and joy.

Angela Johnson, the managing editor of Tiger Oak magazines has some modern updates on the classic basket.

Featured Florists

Edina Magazine (edinamag.com)
Haute House Studio
5500 Lincoln Drive, Suite 150, Edina, MN 55436
952.582.4483

Maple Grove Magazine (maplegrovemag.com)
Donato’s Floral
Anna Donato-Ghani
10200 73rd Ave N Suite #102, Maple Grove, MN 55369
(763) 416-0488

Lake Minnetonka Magazine (lakeminnetonkamag.com)
Lesa Fenwick
850 East Lake Street Wayzata, MN, 55391
(952) 473-2564

Woodbury Magazine (woodburymag.com)
Sweet Peas Floral
783 Radio Drive #111
651.730.9115

DIY May Day Basket  from Sweet Peas Floral in Woodbury (woodburymag.com)

Supplies ~
Cardstock paper
Glue or tape
Chenille stems
Ribbon
Tulips and small greenery
Chocolates

  1. Create your paper cone [basket] using the cardstock. Cut the paper in half diagonally. Roll the paper together in a cone shape and either glue or tape the sides together.
  2. While holding your cone with the pointy tip facing the ground, at the top punch a hole in each side of cone. String your ribbon through both holes and tie the ends together once your cone can swing a little.
  3. Bend and the chenille stems into funky flowers
  4. Then comes the fun part! Stuff all the goodies into the cone; tulips, chocolates and other knick knacks.
  5. Pay a friend a visit!

Upcycled Magazine Basket idea from Kori Brown, the visual art teacher at Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts (lakeminnetonamag.com & maplegrovemag.com)

Supplies~

  • magazines
  • glue
  • masking tape
  • ruler
  • marker
  • scissors
  1. Cut three-inch strips from colorful magazines.
  2. Fold each strip in half (going the long way) and unfold it, creating a crease down the center.
  3. Fold the edges in toward the crease on each strip, and fold it in half. Glue the strip together. Make 22 strips. (You might need more, but start with 22.)
  4. Lay seven strips side by side, taping the strips to a table or other hard surface to hold them in place.
  5. Take all but six of the remaining strips and weave them (over, under, over), using glue every so often to make sure it stays in place.
  6. Once the glue is dry, bend (up) the edges of the strips.
  7. Take the remaining six strips and glue three together to create longer strips.
  8. Use those long strips to continue to weave (over, under, over), going up the sides.
  9. Trim the extra material, but leave enough to fold over a little bit.
  10. Add masking tape on the top to secure it.
  11. To make a handle, create two more strips, and glue them together.
  12. Adhere them to the side of the basket to create the handle.

 

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