Friday, April 21, 2017

Celebrate May With A May Basket

May is just around the corner and thinking about what project I wanted to make for the Cut Cardstock Blog conjured up memories of making May Baskets as a child in school.  This idea brought back many fond memories of weaving construction paper to make baskets or decorating paper cones to be filled with a fistful of little white posies I'd pick off our front lawn and then hanging the baskets on the doors of my elderly neighbors homes.    Do children today even know what a May Basket is? 

Here's a little vintage inspired gift basket I made that might just find its way to someone's door some warm May morning. 

I started by die cutting some flowers from Cheery Lynn Floral Bouquet out of Silver POW Glitter Paper and coloring the flowers using a Copic marker.  This is a great way to give color to neutral glitter paper.  I then layered the flowers as seen above, using large Glue Dots.

I cut two squares of Pink Lemonade Pop Tone Cardstock and ran them through my machine with a polka dotted embossing folder.  I then glued paper doilies to the cardstock and ran them through the die cutting machine again using a Elizabeth Craft Scalloped Heart die.

I also cut several Cheery Lynn Floral Bouquet leaves out of Gumdrop Green Pop Tones Cardstock and glued them into 4 sets as pictured above.

Next I cut an MFT Paper Bag die out of Kraft Cardstock and stamped each side of the bag in black ink, using a Penny Black Script Background stamp.

 Then came the fun part of assembling the hearts and flowers to the bag using Score Tape.  I also added a silver chenille handle and some pearl accents.
I hope you enjoyed today's project and are inspired to make a May Basket of your own to share with an elderly neighbor, perhaps.  You can find these products and many more at Cut Cardstock, Simon Says Stamp and Elizabeth Craft Designs.  You can also visit Cut Cardstock on FacebookPinterest and Twitter.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings~ Birgit


Linda said...

Birgit, what a sweet gift basket.

Marcia Hill said...

This is just too cute Birgit! Makes me wish I lived in your neighborhood...I am elderly though, so does that count?!! Beautifully done my friend! :0)

Lisa Elton said...

What a pretty and feminine little bag! Great job Birgit!

Patti said...

I LOVE May Baskets and remember the tradition well! I think making a basket for an elderly person is a brilliant idea!! I can't wait to make one for my neighbor who is a shut-in! As usual Birgit you are an inspiration friend.


Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

I think May baskets ended with our generation, unfortunately. My mother and grandmother would make them out of tiny milk cartons and crepe paper. They even made the umbrellas out of crepe paper. There is still one community center that I know of that makes May baskets and sells them. Your's is pretty with the vintage look.

Unknown said...

Oh this is fabulous! Love the floral heart you created! Pretty papers and design!

Janice said...

How lovely is this! I think it could be used any time of the year! ;-)

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my that is so pretty and I do love the doily behind the flower. neat idea with the script writing on the bag! I just bought some shimmer paper and was hoping to be able to color it with my markers also, but still haven't had a chance to play with it yet.