Happy May Day! Did you know in Italy this is considered the happiest day of the year? I’ve always wanted to put May Day baskets on our neighbor’s doors and this year we finally pulled it off with an upcycled tin can may day basket on each doorknob. Don’t you love the idea of opening your door to find some fresh flowers hanging on the knob? What a fun way to start the day!
To keep these May Day baskets affordable, we repurposed tin cans as baskets. Simply peel the label off each can and wash the inside well. Don’t worry about getting all the glue off the can since you’ll be covering it with your own paper.
Cut to size then wrap colorful scrapbook paper around each tin can and use tape or a little dab of hot glue to secure the paper.
Using an awl or a nail and a hammer, punch two small holes on either side of the can near the top. You can also use an electric drill to make the hole if that’s easier.
Poke a coordinating piece of ribbon through the holes and tie small knots inside to hold the ribbon in place. Be sure the ribbon is long enough to loop over a door knob.
Add a cute little tag to the ribbon so the recipient knows why they’re receiving the flowers.
Add flowers from the garden, inexpensive flowers from the grocery store, or something a bit fancier if your budget allows. Fill the cans halfway with water, and deliver the upcycled tin can may day baskets to friends and neighbors! Leave the baskets on the door and sneak away for the perfect May Day surprise!
For more ideas to celebrate May Day, be sure to check out these repurposed Christmas ornament May Day baskets …
… and a wire May Day basket!