Happy May Day! In many parts of the world, the first day of May is a holiday with great significance, ancient origins and diverse rituals. Put your own spin on May Day with these fun and simple ideas.
Louisa May Alcott wrote about the anonymous giving of goodie-filled baskets, a May Day custom that is hundreds of years old. Surprise someone today with flowers or sweet treats delivered in a handmade container. Joanne from Ready, Set, Craft! shares how to make a basket using two sheets of paper. I can’t wait to try this.
Be true to a French custom and give friends sprigs of lily of the valley as King Charles IX was said to do for ladies in his court. Or for a gift that lasts longer than a few days, check out these fabulous fabric flowers.
Create handmade May cones like these perfect for hanging on a doorknob. Scroll down to see a maypole-inspired cake, easy enough to prepare today for dessert tonight.
Another lovely paper creation — a card stock cone filled with garden roses.
Gathering with friends today? Construct a maypole in the backyard and learn how to do the dance that culminates with a woven pattern down the pole.
In traditional English celebrations, May Day was a day to celebrate fertile ground. Farmers completed seeding by May 1 and often took the day off. If you still have planting to do and you decide to start from seed, get tips from HGTV.com’s gardening expert. And don’t throw away empty seed packets. Use them to make charming storage jars for future plantings.