May baskets are a popular May Day tradition. Simple baskets are filled with fresh spring flowers or sweet treats and left anonymously on neighbors' doorsteps in celebration of spring. This year you can help the kids weave their own May Day baskets for friends and neighbors out of construction paper.
- Construction paper
Cut out several strips of multicolored construction paper that are all the same width. I cut my strips down to 1-inch wide.
Lay out 6 strips side by side on the table.
Start weaving the strips going the opposite direction. The strips will shift around at first, but as you add more strips it will become more secure.
Keep adding strips until you have woven in a total of 6 strips.
Fold up the loose ends of the strips to begin to form the sides of the basket. Use your ruler to fold a straight, crisp line.
Start weaving in the strips for the sides of the basket. Use a small piece of tape to keep the strip in place while you get started.
Weave the horizontal strip over and under each vertical strip, then use another piece of tape once you reach the other end of the strip.
Keep adding strips all the way around the basket, then add a second strip above the first.
Fold over the loose ends of the vertical strips and glue them in place.
Glue an extra strip to opposite sides of the basket to make a handle. Once the glue is dry you can fill your basket with flowers for May Day.