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Published on April 25th, 2011 | by Julie Finn


Five Upcycled May Day Baskets to Make with Recycled Materials

vintage floral wallpaperHere’s how you celebrate the first day of May:

Craft yourself up a bunch of homemade hanging baskets. Then on May Day (May 1), fill the baskets with fresh-cut flowers and sneak them onto the front doorknob of your friends’ houses for them to discover.

Fun, right?

On May Day, not only do you get to be an anonymous do-gooder, but you get to be a CRAFTY anonymous do-gooder!

When you create one of these five different May Day baskets out of recycled materials, you’re also a crafty do-gooder who’s keeping a little more trash out of the waste stream. Combine your recycled materials with some stash from your own house, and you know what you’re also doing?

It’s called Spring Cleaning! Here are the five projects to get you started:

tin can and wire hanger May Day basketMy girls have crafted their fair share of tin can robots and such, but I’m always in the market for legitimately useful ways to upcycle tin cans.

And wire hangers? You know how I feel about wire hangers.

This May Day basket crafted from a tin can and wire hanger, tutorial courtesy of Skip to My Lou, is perfect on both counts. Personally, I also love the brown paper bag wrapper, but I upcycle my brown paper bags elsewhere, so I tend to use stash scrapbook paper or have my children create artwork specifically for these purposes.

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

One Response to Five Upcycled May Day Baskets to Make with Recycled Materials

  1. Lisa says:

    I remember doing May Day baskets as a kid and leaving them for our neighbors. I am so glad to see they are making a come back.

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