Little boys and flowers…go together? Maybe not usually, but May Day is a nice exception. Growing up as a tomboy, I didn’t care much for many girly things including flowers. Now that I’m older and a mother, I welcome any chance to sneak in a few floral aspects here and there with craft projects, and I enjoy seeing the boys explore and find flowers in the pasture. After all, horticulture can be a great study for all kids. My husband is also training our boys well as he has told them how girls typically like receiving flowers. They will come in from an outside adventure and say with such sweet voices, “Mom, here’s some flowers for you!” However, sometimes this comes right before they ask for a cookie, chocolate milk, or another special treat!
This year, I thought we would be adventurous and create a few different kinds of May Day bags/baskets.
Here’s the scoop on what we did:
First, I unrolled the burlap and cut a piece 16″ in length. I then used Goop glue to secure the edges together as I folded it in half. Buying burlap by the roll is perfect for this project due to its already nice width size, and the finished edges make the bag stronger vertically. It also makes the top edges stand out more due to a rugged, frayed look. I used a few items to hold down the sides during the drying phase which takes a few hours. Next, I cut the wire with scissors not quite 2′ long (ours measured about 23″). After printing out the signage paper, this is where I stopped and had the boys help.
I let the boys weave the wire through the top sides of the burlap and twist into place – the nice feature about the wire is it is very easy to bend and I really like the funky, organic shape it becomes. Then the boys cut out the ‘Happy May Day’ sign and used the hole punch in the top left hand corner of it. Next, they chose to work with safety pins to secure the sign to the burlap which the holes made it easy to go through. The finishing touch was to place artificial flowers (plus prairie grass & turkey feathers from our land) in the bag. Gotta love what boys will find!
Here’s the link to for the ‘Happy May Day’ signs:
Those who know me well know I love to work with cardboard pieces. Cardboard has endless options for the imagination, and most of the time, IT’S FREE! A few years ago, I came across free shipping tubes advertised on craigslist. How fantastic that the tubes were free, but it was an ‘all or nothing’ deal… a total of 200 tubes! My husband is understanding and supportive about my crafty project inventory, but I knew he wouldn’t be impressed with storing THAT many cardboard tubes. Luckily, I was able to donate many tubes to various organizations who could use them for kids projects and kept about 30 for our boys. Success!!!
As May 1st approaches, we got a few tubes out of storage and made a different kind of May Day basket. Here’s what we did:
I did get help from my hubby on this project as I measured how tall I wanted each cardboard basket to be and asked him to use a saw to cut it. This was due to the cardboard being very thick and strong. He also used a drill to make holes on the sides of the tube for the wire handle. Hats off to him helping with a craft!
I had each tube be 3″ in height. Next, I cut burlap fabric into 10″ x 10″ pieces. Each piece fit into a tube nicely – its thick fabric, so it takes on its own shape and can stand up well, and I didn’t feel it needed to be glued in place. Then, we used the craft glue secure the flowers (we took off the stems of each flower) to the burlap fabric. *Photo below shows the backside of how our flowers can go through the burlap.
The last part was working with the wire. After a piece was cut for the handle (ours measured 26″), we twisted it in place. The finishing touch was wrapping additional wire around the tube a few times (I liked the criss cross look!) and attaching to the other side of the handle.
I love how it turned out with the mix of all the textures used! Fun stuff!!!