30 Apr

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Who doesn't love a sweet surprise...to give OR to receive on May 1?!?

While May Day Baskets are not as popular in the States as they are across the pond, they are super sweet, a sign of Spring and the anonymity is a nice version of Ding Dong Ditch.

So GetMarried says cheers! to May 1st with a simple DIY for a happy May Day basket...

What you need to get started:

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  • 8.5 x 11 sheets of fun, happy scrapbook or wrapping paper
  • GetMarried May Day Basket Template (download here)
  • Sheets of tissue paper - or even cute printed wax paper (optional)
  • Blank shipping tags (3 inch works best!)
  • Ribbon, twine
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun (or roller adhesive)
  • Hole Punch
  • Colorful markers or stamps
  • Fab fresh flowers 

Trace the downloaded template on your choice of paper and cut out the outline of the cone (with the sharpest, not necessarily the prettiest scissors...learned my lesson?!!)


Roll your paper (pattern on the outside) to form a cone. Focus on keeping the point somewhat tight rather than worry about the top aligning at this point. I like to apply the glue in a two-step process to make the shaping of the cone more manageable. Add a few drops near the point of the cone first and then continue rolling the cone before adding glue along with rest of the edge.


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Once your cones are complete. Punch two holes opposite each other for the ribbon. I cut my ribbon in 18 inch lengths (perfect for doorhandles). Tie a knot around each hole (not too tight as to tear the paper) and create a handle for your basket.


Make fun May Day tags with markers or stamps...and then tie around the cone with twine. You can also just tie the tag onto the ribbon (much easier!). Wrap a sweet bouquet of fresh flowers from the market (or your backyard if you are ever so lucky on this day in May!?!) with tissue or wax paper with a fun, contrasting print.

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Wa-La! A May Day basket that will brighten the day of neighbors and strangers alike...

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Photo credit: Jordi Lee Photography


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