Steve Summers has never heard of a May Day basket, or the tradition behind them, so of course I had to school him.

Sadly it seems that the tradition of giving May Day baskets to neighbors and friends has pretty much died off, and that really is a shame. May Day baskets are super simple to make, and are more about the smiles they bring than the money spent. Plus, you get to relive your childhood by playing a rousing game of "Ding-Dong Dipstick" on your neighbors...more on that later.

To prove just how simple these baskets can be, I quickly rummaged through some drawers here at work to find the supplies needed to make one. Ideally I would use heavy duty printed cardstock and pretty ribbons when making these, but oddly enough, I don't carry these things to work with me on a daily basis.

Here are the supplies I was able to scrounge up to use:

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Rubber cement
  • Coffee stir sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Computer paper for printing this template I found on Pinterest

The result of this project may not be the prettiest or sturdiest thing I've ever made, but you get the point. It's the thought that counts, right?



Now that you see how simple it is, make some today, and then pass them out to neighbors and friends on the first day of May. Here comes the super fun part, because there is a specific way to deliver May baskets: Hang your basket on your neighbor's doorknob, ring the doorbell, and RUN! Just make sure you don't run too far, because you'll  want to hide somewhere that you can see their reaction when they receive the basket. Their smiles are the best part.

Happy May Day!