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May Day crafts for kids

May Day is May 1, and it’s an opportunity to celebrate the arrival of spring with little ones. Kids can make these sweet May Day crafts to pass out to friends and neighbors and spread the joy of spring!

Pipe cleaner flower bouquet

May Day crafts - Pipe cleaner flower bouquet

May Day is all about spring, and these pretty flower bouquets are the perfect way to celebrate.

What you’ll need:

  • brightly-colored pipe cleaners
  • green pipe cleaners
  • vase (optional)

What you’ll do:

  1. Fold three pipe cleaners in half to mark the center point.
  2. Loop around one end of the pipe cleaner and wrap the end around the fold in the center of the pipe cleaner. Loop around the second end and wrap it around the center of the pipe cleaner.
  3. Repeat step 2 for the remaining two pipe cleaners.
  4. Layer the three folded pipe cleaners on top of each other, staggering the petals.
  5. Fold a green pipe cleaner in half and slide it over the center of the flower petals to hold them together.
  6. Twist the ends of the green pipe cleaner together to form the stem.
  7. Repeat steps 1-7 for any additional flowers. Once the bouquet is complete, use another green pipe cleaner to hold the bouquet together.
  8. Put the flowers in a vase.

May Day flower basket

May Day crafts - Flower basket for door

May baskets are a popular May Day tradition, made to be left on the front door of friends and neighbors to spread the joy of spring.

What you’ll need:

  • 12 x 12-inch piece of scrapbook paper
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • string
  • tape
  • felt
  • brads
  • flowers

What you’ll do:

  1. Cut the string so that it is 10 inches long. Tie one end around the pencil. Hold the other end of the string at one corner of the scrapbook paper, pull the string taut and draw an arch across the paper with the pencil.
  2. Cut out the paper along the arch. Fold the paper so that it forms a cone shape and tape it closed.
  3. Cut a piece of felt that is 1 inch wide and 10 inches long.
  4. Poke a brad through each end of the felt, then poke the brad through the paper cone towards the top. Open the brad to keep it in place.
  5. Fill the basket with pretty flowers and hang it on the door.

May Day ribbon wands

May Day crafts - Ribbon wands

One of the most well-known traditions of May Day is the maypole. Create your own miniature version with these fun ribbon wands.

What you’ll need:

  • wooden dowels
  • saw
  • eye screws
  • assorted colors of ribbon
  • scissors

What you’ll do:

  1. Have mom or dad use the saw to cut the dowels down to 12 inches in length.
  2. Screw an eye screw into one end of each of the dowels.
  3. Cut several 2-foot lengths of ribbon.
  4. Thread the ribbons through the eye screw, then tie the ribbon around the eye screw.
Image credit: Amy Vowles

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