Share a May Basket in a Mason Jar

Arrange beautiful May flowers in a mason jar for a rustic, feminine effect.

In years gone by, it was customary to secretly deliver a small basket of blooms or sweets on May 1. It’s a May Day tradition worth reviving, fun for both kids and adults. This version uses a mason jar to keep the blooms bright longer. (And if you loved this project, check out our sister publication, Country Woman Magazine, where it originally appeared!)


  • Mason jar with a lid (outer metal ring)
  • 18-24 inches of pretty ribbon
  • Assortment of fresh flowers, branches or herbs
  • Sharp knife or pruning shears

Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1

Make a ribbon handle so you can hang your basket. Remove inner metal disk from the jar lid. Loop ribbon through the outer metal ring, letting the ends dangle over sides of the jar, as shown at left. Screw the lid on tightly to secure. Trim ribbon ends as desired, but not too short.

Step 2

Partially fill jar with water. Cut the stems to fit, using knife or shears, and arrange in jar.

Step 3

Deliver! Hang jar on doorknob. Ring the bell and then hide nearby to see the recipient’s surprise and delight.

Next, learn about the birth flower for the month of May.