Each year we make May Day
baskets to celebrate this spring tradition.
May Day Basket
basket was made using paper plates. The back
has the center, top part cut to make a handle for the
basket. This piece is cut in a half circle
shape using the top lines of the inside mark on the
paper plate. Like this:
I hope that makes sense? Then one half of a
paper plate is stapled to the front to make the part
that holds the flowers. Click on the picture to
enlarge. The basket was painted and tissue
paper flowers were added for May Day.
Tissue Paper Flowers
We use three layers of
tissue paper cut into approximately 4 inches
squares. We lay them flat on a table and fan
fold them back and forth. Then you fold them in
the middle and use a pipe cleaner in the center to
pull it tight. The outside edges of the fan
folded part is rounded or cut into points. The
two sections are pulled together to hide the center
of the flower where the pipe cleaner would show.
The kids always seem to be successful if they fan
fold it correctly. If they fold it over and
over and NOT back and forth, it won't work!
Some have a bit of trouble with the back and forth
idea of fan folding. Usually the kids are able
to help each other if you don't have enough adult
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