diy project: may day floral door basket

we’ve got four great diy projects coming up today, so i wanted to start the do-it-yourself celebration with a fun post from floral designer jaime giorgi. based in burlington, vermont (but moving to napa this june!), jaime runs the monkey flower group, a small floral studio specializing in botanical pieces to “hold, wear, and share“. today she’s sharing a variation on a may day basket using hellebores, tulips, and rhododendrons. i love this idea as a sweet way to leave a friend a gift, and was so happy that jaime shared this with us today. thanks, jaime!

CLICK HERE for the whole how-to after the jump!

May 1st is around the corner and there are lots of reasons for flower lovers to celebrate. This little DIY project highlights just a few- hellebores, tulips, pulmonaria, and rhododendrons – with a simple adaptation of the May Day “basket”. Use this be-ribboned vase to secretly decorate the door of a loved one (according to tradition), or hang a few about your place to enjoy spring’s bounty a little more fully.

For this project, you’ll need:

1. A handful of flowers
2. Two feet of ribbon
3. Little bells (for a happy jingle)
4. Petite greeting card (or not, if you prefer to be mysterious)
5. Hole punch or needle and thread (to attach card to ribbon)
6. Small canning jar with two-part lid (you’ll only need the ring part)
7. Sharp knife (to give those stems a fresh cut)
8. Access to a friend’s doorknob

Just follow the images below to see how to build the door basket!

Happy May Day!

Flowers You’ll Need:





[materials needed (list above)]

[use ribbon to create hanging jar]

[secure lid to keep ribbon in place for hanging]

[add card and bells]

[add flowers, arranged to your liking]

[use the ribbon to hang the arrangement from the door]

  1. This is such an easy, but so beautiful DIY project! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! xo

  2. Sarah says:

    so simple yet so beautiful! I think I will keep this up all summer and just change out the flowers depending on what is blooming in my garden.

  3. Stephanie says:

    Lovely. These would make the perfect little Mother’s Day gifts too! <3

  4. I’m lovin’ these flowers. And this comes just in time for my birthday party at which I hope to have some pretty little arrangements.

  5. Jill says:

    This is so lovely! I would be thrilled if somebody left a treat like this on my door knob.

    I have a hard time finding pretty flowers. The grocery stores near me tend to only have very brightly colored gerbers, tulips, roses and alstromeria lily. The florists near me seem to want to sell arrangements and not just a few stems of my choosing. I live in a condo and don’t really have access to a garden where I can clip a few flowers. I live in Atlanta but general tips about the types of places to look for flowers would be just as helpful!

    1. grace says:


      do you have a local farmer’s market in atlanta? i bet you could find some pretty blooms there..


  6. Bobbi says:

    I love this! I was just thinking about how most of the people I know never participated in the May basket tradition. It’s a fond childhood memory for me and I was happy to see this here:)

  7. ludid says:

    i have been looking for that perfect gift for teacher appreciation week. just found it. lovely idea.

  8. Jill says:

    There is a farmer’s market called Dekalb Farmers Market that’s a bit far from the city (but gigantic!) that I think I will check out this weekend. Thanks Grace!

    1. grace says:


      if you meet some nice flower farmers there you should def. ask them about their seasonal offerings and any tips for local shops they may sell flowers in :)


  9. Beck says:

    Very Beautiful! Can’t wait to try this myself!

  10. Kellyn says:

    Great idea! Do you know where the adorable bunny card came from? I love it, and would love to know where I could buy some for my collection.

  11. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Jaime says:

    Hi Kellyn!

    The card is one of Gwen Frostic’s lovely block prints.

  13. I really love the addition of the little bells…very sweet ~

  14. Gale says:

    Such a sweet and simple idea. I will be trying this. I love the bells too!

  15. I can’t believe I just now am discovering your blog. I am not a crafty person {by any means} and you are totally inspiring me. Amazing! xxSAS

  16. Abbey Adams says:

    A Gwen Frostic print! She is one of my all time favorite artists, wish you would credit her in the post. Her amazing printshop/studio in Benzonia, MI had to close until further notice because of financial struggles. Support local artists!

  17. ASJ says:

    Not only is the project wonderful, but I love the step-by-step photos, too.

  18. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make these! ~So much more elegant than the construction paper cones filled with flowers that I used to make as a child. Ha!

  19. Kim says:

    Hi to all… I just saw the beautiful project above and noticed the bunny card and the comment that the Gwen Frostic Studio closed. I wanted to let everyone know that Gwen Frostic’s reopened May 22, 2010. The website is open also

  20. Beverly says:

    This is such a beautiful door bouquet! I am looking forward to making one!

  21. Dana says:

    beautiful arrangements. Flowers and baskets are an elegant touch.

  22. Laurie says:

    Love this! This one is really pretty. Love the addition of the bells. Unable to give out May Day Baskets this year. Hopefully next year I’ll be able to.


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