May Day Project

Happy May Day everyone.  Above I am showing the materials I used to make a fun May Day “Basket” for a friend.  I put this together on Wed. and it was a beautiful in Colorado.  The skies were blue, the birds were singing and there was no wind.  When we have days like that the first thing I think of is working in the garden and planting flowers.  So, with that in mind I decided I would make a fun May Day “basket”.  My take on the basket is actually an unused paint can I bought at the local home and garden center.  Along with the paint can, I used our Dimestore Vogue Paper Sheets and Tags, Plaid’s Outdoor Mod Podge and 3L’s Crafty Power Tape.  It was very simple and fun to put together.  Here are the steps it took to make this fun project:  

1.  I had to prep the can for planting prior to decorating.  You want to make sure the plants are going to have plenty of drainage so I made holes in the bottom of the can for this drainage. 

2.  With our wonderful oversized sheets I was able to make one strip of paper to cover the whole can.  I first cut and punched the foil strips that went on top and bottom of the can.  I then cut the same length, which was more than 12″, of our paper sheets to put in the middle of the can.  I covered the back of all three strips with the mod podge and placed them on the can.  I then followed this with a nice coat on top of the paper to seal it to the can.

3.  I then picked out some tags I wanted to use to embellish the paper sheets with.  Make sure you follow the instructions on the Mod Podge bottle to get the best results.  You always want to cover the back and front of each item when placing them on the can.  This will help with the adhesion and seal when it dries.  The paper on this paint can looks a little wrinkled because the paint can itself has indents and it is not completely dry in this picture.

4.  Once the can was almost dry I placed two crushed soda cans in the bottom of the paint can, again for drainage and to decrease the weight of the can.  I placed some small gravel for fill, then the potting soil and finally the plants.

5  The result is shown below.  I was really happy with the way it turned out.  Hope you enjoy and make these as well.  They would be great for just everyday decoration, teacher appreciation, Mother’s Day or even a birthday gift.  I hope you make a few of these and if you do please share them with us.

Have a great week and here is to a Happy May! – Allison

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