May Day is a traditional holiday that celebrates the end of winter and the arrival of spring. The celebration takes place on May 1st, and revelers in most countries celebrate by singing, dancing, gifting, and eating tasty treats.
Make your next May 1st more memorable by celebrating it with your family and creating May Day crafts that you can treasure for a long time. Do you need help coming up with crafts for May Day? If so, check out some fun options that adults and kids can enjoy below.
May Day Baskets
May Day baskets are among the oldest and most beloved May Day crafts for kids. Traditionally, building May Day baskets involved gathering spring flowers, such as lilac, magnolia, buttercups, and primroses, and placing them in a basket with sweets.
People would anonymously leave the baskets on the doorsteps of neighbors or loved ones and run away. Go all out by giving your kids baskets to paint and fill with flowers, cookies, candies, and other gifts for the recipient.
Finger Paint Flowers
Finger painting flowers is an excellent way to bond with your kids, explore their artistic side, and celebrate May Day. Unlike painting with a brush, finger painting involves dipping your digits in paint and using them to create art on your canvas. It is messy, but it’s also a fun way to spend May Day indoors with the kids.
Items you will need for finger painting flowers include:
- Finger Paint: Unlike regular paint, finger paint should be slightly thicker and non-toxic. Make sure that you buy finger paint that says washable on the label. Otherwise, you may have a hard time cleaning up afterward.
- Waterproof Apron: Wearing a waterproof apron will prevent splashing paint from ruining your clothes. Alternatively, you could wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting stained.
- Canvas: You will need heavy, thick, and non-absorbent paper for finger painting. The paper should go on a smooth and wide surface that you can easily clean afterward.
- Cleaning Materials: While painting, keep soapy water, sponges, and a towel close by for cleaning up.
May Day Jars
May Day jars are like May Day baskets, but instead of a basket, your flowers will go into a mason jar. You and your kids can customize the jar by painting its sides and lettering on May Day well-wishes. Alternatively, you can paint and write your greetings on paper and attach it to the jar.
After building your jar, you can drop it on the doorstep of a loved one, ring the doorbell, and run off before they can catch you. To create a May Day jar, you will need:
- A mason jar or any other jar with a lip
- Ribbon or twine
- Paper or card
Start making your May Day jar by cleaning it and tying your ribbon or twine around the jar lip. Leave a large loop that will serve as your handle, then paint the jar or use some ribbon to attach your greeting card to it. Pour some water into the jar before putting in your colorful flowers, and you have a cute May Day jar that’s ready for delivery!
Pipe Cleaner Flowers
If flowers don’t grow around your home or you can’t get real flowers for any other reason, celebrate May Day by making cute pipe cleaner flowers. You will need:
- A hot glue gun
- A small planter
- Floral arrangement foam
- Various colors of pipe cleaners, including green
- Some soil
Click here for a step-by-step guide for creating different types of flowers with pipe cleaners.
Flower necklaces or leis are an excellent choice if you want wearable crafts for May Day. You will need:
- Construction paper or flowers
Cut enough yarn to make a necklace that can hang loosely around your neck. If you have real flowers, remove the stems and attach one end of your yarn to a needle. Pass the needle through the center of your flowers until you’ve added enough flowers to create a necklace.
Alternatively, make your necklace with construction paper by cutting the paper into flower shapes and punching a hole in the center of each flower. Make a knot at one end of your yarn and add six beads. String on your paper flowers until your yarn is almost full, then add six more beads and tie a knot to stop the beads from falling off. Tie the two ends of the yarn together, and you have your beautiful lei.
May Day Cones
Instead of a May Day basket or jar, your kids can build a cone and fill it with flowers to gift their favorite people. To build a May Day cone, you will need:
- Plain or colored paper
- Transparent tape
- Hole punch
If you have plain paper, your kids can beautify it by painting it with spring colors. Cut the paper into a 12 by 12-inch square and fold it into a cone. Use your tape to hold the cone in place and punch holes around the cone’s edge. Fit your ribbon through the holes to create a handle and fill the cone with your beautiful flowers.
Are You Ready for May Day?
Now that you know the best May Day crafts for kids, you can be sure your little ones will have a fun and memorable time every May 1st. Just as important, your kids need to look their best when they go out on May Day.
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