Doorknob Basket

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Hang a basket filled with springtime fun on a doorknob. 

Knock on the door. 

Then run away.


May Day is a holiday that is celebrated in many European countries on May 1st or the first Monday in May.  It probably came from an ancient Roman celebration that honored Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers.  Modern May Day celebrations include dancing around the maypole and crowning the Queen of May. 

When I was a kid, we made May baskets for our neighbors.  The baskets had a handle that you hung over a doorknob.  You’d hang it, knock, and run.  The best part was hiding behind a tree or car so you could watch your neighbor open the door.  At first they were annoyed.  Then they’d see the basket and smile.  It was fun! 

I decided it was time to reintroduce May baskets.  I created this craft last year, not knowing that this year would bring a pandemic that keeps us from knocking on our neighbor’s doors.  Still, you could make this craft and surprise someone in your family by filling it with something fun and hanging it on their bedroom door.

We filled our baskets with homemade toys (zoom-zoom spinner craft, pinwheel craft) and paper flowers (flower pencil topper craft).  One basket is filled with art supplies: markers, paper, and stickers.  You could also fill your basket with food or sweets.

Happy May!