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May Day Basket {DIY}

April 27th, 2011


Good news: May Day is 4 days away! For those of you who aren’t as well versed in the traditions of May Day, it’s the loveliest celebration of spring when maypoles and leaving gift baskets for your neighbors is customary… allowing random acts of kindness to be, well, not so random. We thought we’d make this May Day extra special with a unique way to gift flowers and jam (my favorites!) The DIY is simple, and turns your average mason jar into a flower-bearing fiesta. Follow the jump for details & instructions.






What You’ll Need:

  • 2 small mason jars
  • 1 spool of dyed multicolor yarn
  • 1 spool of solid yarn
  • 2″ cardstock circle
  • 1 adhesive label
  • a basket
  • 1 hot glue gun

Take the loose end of the yarn, and anchor it to the very top of the jar with a tiny drop of hot glue. Then simply start wrapping the yarn as tightly as possible (this is surprisingly easy, just takes some time if you’re a perfectionist like myself). This is especially fun when using the multicolored yarn, because the final product is a complete surprise. When you reach your desired stopping point, use hot glue to secure the yarn in place.

The rest is simple: hand write your messages onto the cardstock circle and the adhesive label, and put them in place. Fill one jar with a springy bouquet, and the other with jam or granola. Drop them into a wicker basket and then it’s ding dong ditch at your neighbors doorstep!



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  1. classiq says:

    How simple and creative! The jar with the tulips looks fantastic. Thanks for the lovely idea. 🙂 Ada

  2. Amy says:

    This is so, so pretty! Thanks for the lovely idea and for the May Day reminder 🙂

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  4. JWK says:

    Love this!! Might be perfect for our b-day party at the park coming up!!

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