Simple Envelope "May Day" Baskets

Last week I was chatting with a gal named Brenda in the shop and I mentioned that I do a monthly crafting segment on KELOLAND Living.  She instructed me to get an envelope for her.  She whipped up a mock-up example of this denim overall May Day basket in less than 30 seconds.  I was so impressed!  

I immediately texted Mitchell to tell him of my last minute show change.  (At the end of this post, you can click on the link to watch the full KELOLAND Living segment with Ashley & Mitchell.)

Here is what you'll need to make this craft:

  • An envelope of any size; however, the larger greeting card types work best.  (Also, you could use a blue envelope for a more realistic pair of denim overalls.)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Ribbon
  • Paper "grass" stuffing
  • Lightweight packaged treats or flowers to put inside the May Day basket.
  • Seal the envelope flap by either wetting it or taping it shut.
  • On the front, cut out a rectangle for where the "head" would go in this pair of overalls, and cut out the arm holes to make straps.
  • Reinforce the overall straps with tape.
  • Decorate with markers as you desire.  (I needed to search what overalls looked like to freehand draw mine.)
  • Cut a piece of ribbon to thread through the overall straps and use for hanging the basket.
  • Fill the bottom of the envelope with raffia, or some type of paper grass filler.  (I put green paper through a shredder.)
  • Add some lightweight, packaged treats...preferably without nuts for allergy issues.  I think a pack of gum is a great idea!  You could also do fresh flowers if you'd like to avoid the candy or treat options.
May Day Tradition:
Make a homemade basket (typically out of paper) and fill it with treats to leave on your neighbor's front door or porch.  You hang it on their door, knock, and run away quickly so they don't catch you!  Such a fun tradition dating back to the 1800s.  Treat someone with an easy May Day basket and put a smile on their face!
--Love, Leslie Ann
Highlighted Links:
Here is the segment I filmed on KELOLAND Living with Mitchell and Ashley.
Here is my TikTok about the craft.

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