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diy project: may day floral door basket

by Grace Bonney

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]

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