Thursday, May 1, 2008

Bring May Flowers

Happy May Day! This is a fun take on a May basket that is perfect for spring gift-giving occasions of all kinds. Choose a cute tote with a sturdy base. I love the contrast in textures between the straw bag, ribbon and flowers. For shower gifts, you could choose a diaper bag for a mom-to-be or a monogrammed purse for a bride-to-be. Choose a vase almost as tall as the bag, fill it about two-thirds full with warm water and floral food, and arrange fresh-cut flowers inside. I love tulips for this project because of the way they cascade gracefully over the bag. Stuff tissue paper inside the tote to keep the vase secure, then finish off the arrangement with fluffy tissue and a pretty ribbon tied around the purse.

The first year I made this craft, I placed several on the tables for a fashion-themed dinner party with girlfriends, then sent them to school the next day as end-of-the-year thank you gifts for my boys' teachers. And I have also made them for Mother's Day, birthdays, hostess gifts and "just because." So brighten a friend's day with fresh spring flowers today, and she will remember your kindness all summer long as she carries her trendy tote!

I hope these tulips will cheer up a friend going through a difficult time.

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Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

That is so pretty. I love tulips! You should really consider participating in the design carnival tomorrow over at my friend's blog. check it out at

notbefore7 dot blogspot dot com

Anonymous said...

it's so adorable.

Silverdale flowers

Unknown said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! I'm sure whomever it is will be instantly cheered! :-) Have a great weekend and see ya Sunday. We enjoyed looking at Carson's blog. Thanks for the invite! :-)

Nancy Hood said...

what a beautiful idea, Melissa! I'll have to remember this~

Joanne Kennedy said...

What wonderful ideas you and a beautiful family.

This is my first visit to your blog but I'm putting you down as my one of my favorites so I can come back often.

Your cakes are lovely too! I decorate cakes too. They are fun to do. Aren't they?


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