Daily Bulletin: Make a May Basket

Melissa Kossler Dutton

Decades ago, children and their families welcomed spring on May 1 by giving May Day baskets. Often handmade out of paper, the baskets contained flowers, candies or small treats and were typically hung on a friend’s doorknob. 

After this long winter, the baskets would be a fun way to celebrate the arrival of warmer temperatures and May flowers. Families can learn more about the tradition at Slate Run Living Historical Farm in Canal Winchester, where Metro Parks will offer a May Baskets program April 28 and 29. Children will have the opportunity to make a basket out of cardboard. The free program will take place 1-3 p.m. both days at the farm, 1375 State Route 674. For more information, go to vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/ohfranklinctywt.wsc/search.html.

If you’d like to try the craft at home, check out the following websites: bhg.com/holidays/mothers-day/make-a-may-day-basket, aboutfamilycrafts.com/12-may-day-baskets-you-can-make and marthastewart.com/926609/how-make-may-basket.