May 1st, aka May Day is a fine way to celebrate springtime, friendship and neighborly love.
Ever since I was a young girl, I've looked forward to the arrival of May Day and the chance to bring a little surprise and sunshine to an unsuspecting recipient.
Now as an adult I've moved on from the construction paper creations of my youth, but I still like to be creative with my May baskets.
Today I'm going to teach you how you too can turn an old can, some sticks, wire, a bit of ribbon from your stash and some pretty spring flowers into a little basket of joy to leave on a lucky neighbors door.
For this project you will need the following:
- a hammer and nail
- needlenose pliers
- a thick piece of elastic (or several rubber bands)
- about 3 feet of medium gauge wire
- a can from your recycle bin
- some sticks
- about 2 feet of ribbon, string or leather strip
- some pretty flowers and foliage
- and about 1 1/2 hours of free time
Step 1: Using the nail and hammer punch 2 holes in the side of the can near the upper rim. Try to space them evenly apart
Step 2: Cut a piece of your wire about 18" long. This will form your handle and needs to be long enough to hang over a doorknob. Run wire through the holes you made in Step 1. Allow the wire end to poke through about 3". Using the needle nose pliers, wind the wire around itself tightly. Cut off any wire ends.
Step 3: Remove the paper label from your can and place it in the recycle bin. If you dont remove this, some of the label will show through the gaps in your stick basket.