Bouquet at Your Door: May Basket


“As full of spirit as the month of May, and gorgeous as the sun in Midsummer.”

William Shakespeare


The May Day basket is but a forgotten rite of spring in North America.  In this charming tradition, a small bouquet of flowers is hung on a neighbor’s door to welcome spring.  The giver remains anonymous so that there is no reciprocity expected.  It is a small floral gift to brighten the recipient’s day.

Traditionally the bouquets are held in small paper cones, hung with ribbon.  See my “how to” instructions on making the paper cones here.  Any household containers can be used as a May Basket.  An empty aluminium can with hammered holes on its side threaded with ribbon makes a unique bouquet holder.  Jelly jars with wire or ribbon/raffia/twine wrapped around the neck work well too as do baskets with handles.  Even an inverted party paper hat with the elastic replaced with ribbon can be totally charming repurposed as a May bouquet container.  I created several May Baskets to inspire yours.  Who will you surprise on May 1st? Continue reading