Celebrate May Day the “Old Fashioned Way.”
Find a nine-inch square of paper. When I was a child we used scraps
of wallpaper. Today I chose a piece of colored computer paper
1. Fold it into a triangle
2. With the fold toward you take one of the points and fold it to the middle of opposite edge.
3. Do the same with the other point.
4. Now fold the front flap of the top into the front bottom cup.
5. Poke or punch a hole into the top flap.
Now go outside and find flowers – even dandelions will be pretty. Tuck them into the pocket or cup you have made.
As children we would hang them on a friend’s door, knock, and then run and hide. The person coming to the door was surprised and hunted down the giver to thank them with a kiss.
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You can use this cup for many things. It will hold a drink for a short time.
As a teacher, I always made them for children who lost a tooth at school. It could be safely stored in a lunch pail or coat pocket for the tooth fairy.
Mostly I remember the fun we had making these baskets at school and then going home to search for flowers. I’d beg my mother to let me go down by the creek where I knew the May flowers were in blossom along with purple, white, and yellow violets. I never really went alone because Chum, our cowdog, would not let me. He assumed the duty of protecting me no matter wherever I wandered.