21 May Day Crafts ~ For Kids and Adults

May Day (May 1st) is celebrated in many places around the world. The traditions and stories surrounding May Day vary from place to place. There is, however, one thing that is similar in most celebrations – the use of flowers!
One of the most popularly known May Day traditions is to hang a basket full of spring flowers and/or other small gifts on a neighbor’s doorknob. The trick is you don’t want the neighbor to see you! If you get caught, you are supposed to get a kiss.

1. May Day Baskets for Friends – Take a cute basket around the neighborhood, to the office, to school, to church, etc. Everyone loves a surprise made with little love!
2. How to make Hydrangea Cupcakes – A gorgeous way to re-create such a beautiful flower for a yummy May Day treat.
3. How to Make Matchbook Favor Boxes – A tutorial on how to create this adorable matchbook favor boxes to fill with treats or goodies of any kind.


4. A Visit From The Garden Fairy – This was a perfect activity for kids, make dirt balls and package them up cute with a fun little note and instructions from the Garden Fairy.
In case you can’t read the Garden Fairy’s instructions, they say:
Find sunny spot in garden
Dig five small holes six inches apart
Place one cookie in each hole and cover with dirt
Enjoy wild flower blooms all summer


5. May Day Jar – Made out of a baby jar, ribbons, and large flower by Prima, Wire and floral tape, other flowers.
6. Merrie May Cone – A tradition, is “hanging upon the door-knobs of friends spring-offerings in the shape of small baskets filled with flowers.”
7. Pixie Stick Cone – A cone out of scrapbook paper and filled it with pixie sticks. We made the pixie sticks look like flowers by adding some punched scallops and circles.
8. May Day Cone – A little May Day basket to hang on a neighbor’s door.


9. May Day Basket – It’s a project using those little lunch sacks (3 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 6 3/4) and is so pretty.
10. Woven Paper Basket – I have vague memories of weaving paper baskets for May Day as a kid and leaving them around my neighborhood (using dandelions of course and lined notebook paper =).
11. Spring Baskets – These sweet baskets are an easy, Spring-y craft and I bet you have all or almost all of the supplies in your house already.
12. Brown Paper Bag Basket – This activity is based off of the simple paper May Day flower cones traditionally left on friend’s and neighbor’s doors to brighten their day.


13. DIY: Making a Maypole for a Maypole Dance – Create a Maypole from a salvaged branch to serve as the focal point of a casual gathering with children ages two years-old to six years-old and their parents. It was extremely easy.


14. Two Page Paper Basket – A darling tutorial to create a lovely little May Day basket to fill with treasures and pretties in celebration of Spring
15. Weaved Paper Basket & Flowers – Full printable instructions on how to create this darling woven paper basket and flowers.
16. The Recycling Bin: May Day Baskets – An easy project using decorative masking tape and recyclables.
17. Make Your Own May Day Basket Out of a Tin Can – These taller pasta sauce cans are perfect for May Day Baskets (smaller cans could also be used). Since the cans are water tight they are perfect if you are using fresh flowers.


18. Photo Flower Bouquet – A fun photo flower bouquet craft and homemade gift idea for Grandparents for May 1st.
19. Paper Flower Bookmarks – A really simple craft and activity for kids that you can make together.
20. Glossy Paper Flowers – Far from the garden variety, these blossoms stem from magazine pages. They’re easy to make and leave lots of room for inspired creativity.
21. Tissue Paper Flower Bouquet – These flowers are quick to make and the children enjoy making them. Younger children may need some help with accordion-pleating the tissue paper.


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