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THE COTTAGE APRIL/BELTANE 2001 issue

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Crone's Crafts

Crone's crafts is a regular feature of "THE COTTAGE"

MAY BASKETS

May is a heady time of year, with
spring flowers scenting the air.
Celebrate by reviving an old
May Day custom: Surprise a loved
one by hanging a basket on his or
her doorknob. Here are some suggestions
for making your own May baskets.
May baskets can be recycled from
tin and glass household containers:
Hammer holes in the sides of a tin can
or antique cocoa tin. Run twine or ribbon
through each hole, and knot inside.
Wrap dark annealed iron wire below the
lip of a jelly jar. Loop and twist a
second wire around the first for a handle.

Make An Maypole Centerpiece



You Will Need:

A cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels

Heavy cardboard

Paint

Crepe paper in two or three colors

Some small stones

Flowers for decorating

A ruler

Scissors

Tacky glue



Step One - Cut a circle from heavy cardboard about 1 and 1/4 inches larger than the diameter of the cardboard tube.



Step Two - Glue the cardboard tube to the center of the cardboard circle. Let dry.



Step Three - Paint the cardboard tube and the cardboard circle. Let the paint dry.



Step Four - Cut 3 or 4 pieces of crepe paper the length of the tube. Cut the crepe paper in half length-wise. Glue the crepe paper strips to the top inside of the tube alternating colors.



Step Four - Put some small stones inside the tube to add some weight so that it will not tip over.



Step Six - Decorate the top of your Maypole with flowers and more crepe paper if desired. Enjoy!

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Maybasket article from Martha Stewart Living