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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