may day bouquets


What better way to celebrate May Day than the classic tradition of surprising a neighbor or friend with a bouquet of flowers left at their doorstep! This custom of leaving flowers at someone’s doorstep was a tradition that we loved as kids, and we were excited to share the same tradition with our own little ones. We came up with a simple nosegay that is fun to make and a great way to deliver flowers on May Day. With a few flowers we picked up at the local market, some pieces of paper and ribbon we are ready to spread some May Day cheer!



  • 5-10 stems of flowers (we like to use flowers with large, brightly colored blooms for this project)
  • Craft paper or brightly colored wrapping paper (we used wrapping paper in Paper Bag and Reversible Mini Dot from Paper Source)
  • Double sided tape
  • Hole punch
  • 1/4″ wide ribbon in the color of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Paper towels
  • Snack size Ziplock baggie
  • Rubber band

Step 1

Start by cutting a 7″ x 10″ piece of paper from the craft paper or wrapping paper. Then wrap the paper in a cone shape and fasten with the double sided tape.



Step 2

Trim the top of the paper cone so that the top edge is flat. Using the hole punch, punch a hole on either side of the top of the paper cone. Cut a 12″ piece of ribbon and tie each end through the holes in the paper cone so that you have created a handle with the ribbon.


Step 3

Gather 5 to 10 stems of your flowers together so that they create a bouquet large enough for the blooms to rest of the top edge of the paper cone. Then cut the stems so they are a few inches shorter than the length of the cone. To keep the flowers fresh, wet a paper towel and wrap it around the stems of the flowers. Place the wrapped stems in the plastic baggie and secure with the rubber band. This will keep the flowers alive and fresh for hours.



Now place your bouquet in the paper cone and hang your colorful surprise on a friend or neighbor’s door!



Happy May Day!


Ashley + Hallman

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