Ever since I can remember, we have celebrated May Day (May 1st) with the giving of candy-filled cones. My parents' families always celebrated it, so we are carrying on the tradition! :)
My paternal grandmother would cut Morton salt containers in half, add ribbon handles and fill them with popcorn and candy for my dad and his siblings.
My maternal grandmother would help my mom and her sisters make paper cones that they would fill with candy and give away.
All in all, it's a pretty fun tradition! Any excuse to get or give cones full of candy is a good one, right?
My mom got the idea that we should make a May Day basket for an elderly lady in our church who lives at a nursing home. It seemed to be quite the splendid idea!
We made a cone out of buckram, and found a couple of cheery, springy fabrics to use for the inside and outside...
...and added some lace, ribbons and bows.
That polka dot fabric is SO cute!
We went to the antique store and found a couple of gorgeous handkerchiefs to put in the basket. They are SO beautiful, and in absolutely perfect condition! They are both rolled hemmed by hand.
We included this little May Day rhyme based on the song "Trust and Obey."
And for the most important contents of the whole basket, candy! Actually, chocolate. Lots of it. :)
We also threw in a tiny bottle of lotion and some chapstick.
I don't think either of us are quite ready to go into the May Day-basket-making business for good, but it was certainly a fun project to make!
And since I was in a May Day-celebrating mood, I whipped up a basket (out of paper, mind you!) for each of us.
Various chocolates for Dad, a vintage-style scarf, candy and a tulip for Mom, and chocolate and a tulip for me!
Do you celebrate May Day?