The day is traditionally celebrated with loved ones, perhaps the most well-known tradition is the colourful art of Maypole dancing, but don’t forget the yearly village fetes and the crowning of the May Queen.
With some calling it the festival of flowers, we thought we would show you how to make a May Day basket. For all your arts and crafts needs head on down to Phoenix Resources, bring the kids along for the fun of hunting through the vast array of colourful resources they have in store.
Place the decorative paper facing down on a flat surface, on the blank side of the paper you want to measure 10cm along both edges from the corner of the paper. From the 10cm mark draw a curve to meet the other edge.
Now cut around the shape you have drawn, and fold both straight edges in by 1cm (this is so you can glue your basket together!).
Now line up the edges and apply the glue down the edges and hold in place until dry.
Whilst that’s drying, it’s time to create your handle. Draw a rectangle shape sized 10cm x 2cm on the back of the decorative paper and cut out. Curve the handle and attach each end to the basket with glue – make sure you hold the ends in place until the adhesive is fully dry!
With the hardest part out of the way, it’s time to personalise your basket. We chose to stick pretty flowers on ours, but if sequins and glitter is more your thing, go ahead.
Once your basket is complete, fill it with whatever goodies you desire!
This tradition is one that we think should be more popular within Harlow. It involves making a decorative paper basket and filling it with goodies to leave on your neighbours door step on the morning of the 1st May. It’s all about community giving – and we love that at The Harvey Centre. So let’s bring this tradition back from the past and put the fun back into May Day.