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30 Apr

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Who doesn't love a sweet surprise...to give OR to receive on May 1?!?

While May Day Baskets are not as popular in the States as they are across the pond, they are super sweet, a sign of Spring and the anonymity is a nice version of Ding Dong Ditch.

So GetMarried says cheers! to May 1st with a simple DIY for a happy May Day basket...

What you need to get started:

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  • 8.5 x 11 sheets of fun, happy scrapbook or wrapping paper
  • GetMarried May Day Basket Template (download here)
  • Sheets of tissue paper - or even cute printed wax paper (optional)
  • Blank shipping tags (3 inch works best!)
  • Ribbon, twine
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun (or roller adhesive)
  • Hole Punch
  • Colorful markers or stamps
  • Fab fresh flowers 

Trace the downloaded template on your choice of paper and cut out the outline of the cone (with the sharpest, not necessarily the prettiest scissors...learned my lesson?!!)

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Roll your paper (pattern on the outside) to form a cone. Focus on keeping the point somewhat tight rather than worry about the top aligning at this point. I like to apply the glue in a two-step process to make the shaping of the cone more manageable. Add a few drops near the point of the cone first and then continue rolling the cone before adding glue along with rest of the edge.

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Once your cones are complete. Punch two holes opposite each other for the ribbon. I cut my ribbon in 18 inch lengths (perfect for doorhandles). Tie a knot around each hole (not too tight as to tear the paper) and create a handle for your basket.

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Make fun May Day tags with markers or stamps...and then tie around the cone with twine. You can also just tie the tag onto the ribbon (much easier!). Wrap a sweet bouquet of fresh flowers from the market (or your backyard if you are ever so lucky on this day in May!?!) with tissue or wax paper with a fun, contrasting print.

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Wa-La! A May Day basket that will brighten the day of neighbors and strangers alike...

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 Cheers!

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Photo credit: Jordi Lee Photography

 

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