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The tradition of giving ‘May baskets’ to unsuspecting neighbors and crushes is all but gone. This sweet and chaste way to celebrate spring — I won’t get into the debauchery that is the origin of the maypole dance — peaked in the U.S. during the Victorian era and started to disappear after first half of the 20th century.  If you’d like to help revive this custom, here’s what you do: assemble baskets of sweets and fresh flowers, leave them on your neighbor’s door, ring the doorbell and run away before they catch you. If you are caught, you’re supposed to exchange a kiss. (To avoid kissing possible strangers — run fast.)

May Day DIY May BasketA Field Journal

I can’t help thinking what delightful treat this would be for a grandparent or elderly friend, relative or neighbor. A surprise gift of a cheerful ‘May basket’ just might take them on a trip down memory lane. Or throw caution to the wind and leave one on the front door or car of a love interest. Maybe some Beltane fires will spark, if you catch my drift. Here are six of my favorite basket designs (click on the links for DIYs) sure to put a smile on a lucky person’s face.

May Day DIY May BasketCamille Styles

May Day DIY May BasketSkip to My Lou

May Day DIY May Basketdesign*sponge

May Day DIY May BasketGinger Grace

May Day DIY May BasketLillyella

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9 Responses

  1. ~HAPPY MAY DAY !!!

  2. Sue Wolfe says:

    May Day is right around the corner everyone!
    This year to add to your May baskets, you might want to add my new children's book all about May Day!
    It will be out this March and the title is- "Lily Bouquet and a special May Day"! By: Sue Wolfe Published by Tate Publishing. It's a cute love story about May Day.
    Ooh-la-la!
    Sue Wolfe

  3. Sue Wolfe says:

    May Day is right around the corner everyone!
    This year to add to your May baskets, you might want to add my new children's book all about May Day!
    It will be out this March and the title is- "Lily Bouquet and a special May Day"! By: Sue Wolfe Published by Tate Publishing. It's a cute love story about May Day.
    Ooh-la-la!
    Sue Wolfe

  4. AJA says:

    The first set of photographs – the field day cones – are beautiful. Even if the do-it-yourself links were still available, (and maybe they are, but I don't see them), this is the work of an artisan – not moi. Gorgeous.

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  8. Marjie Sanderson says:

    Awesome! Wish I'd seen this post sooner. I am from Iowa where I grew up making and giving May Baskets, and have taught all of my middle school students about the tradition now. We made May baskets and they delivered them anonymously to their classmates and to teachers yesterday. They had such fun and so did I. Next year, I will definitely share your book with them :)

  9. Marjie Sanderson says:

    By the way, the middle school students I mentioned are in NW Tennessee. They had never heard of May Day and the traditions but now love them! Also, I am a candlemaker and live on a vineyard with my husband. I made "Lily of the Valley" scented candles in honor of May Day the night before May Day, and we sell them at our winery here in Kenton, TN. Lily of the Valley flowers are the official May Day flower in France, England, and other European countries. Here is a link to my candles if you'd like to see them :) I just love May Day and will be sharing your link here about May Day. https://www.facebook.com/WhiteSquirrelWinery/phot

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