Ah, May Day—that strange holiday of spring flowers and workers’ rights, that special day that evokes both pagan rituals and the Haymarket riots. Inspired by the coneshaped flower holders traditionally made and shared on this day, I decided this week to make flower baskets like those described in The Magic of Kirigami by Florence Temko, a book new to my personal library. Instead of making them to hold spring flowers, though, my paper baskets are miniature versions that I’ll mail off with small notes tucked inside.
To make them, I used origami paper in a variety of patterns, and I finished the basket edges in different ways—scallops, rickrack, and picket fences all came to mind as I trimmed them down. Below the photos are some details on how I made mine. Here’s hoping you had a happy May Day this year!
Supplies Needed for One:
—three different pieces of colored or patterned origami paper
—a small letter envelope
How to Make Them:
1. For each basket and notecard, cut two pieces of paper measuring 2″x6″ each and one piece measuring 3″x6″.
2. Fold the larger piece in half, short sides together and pattern side facing out. This will be the note card, and you can set it aside until you’ve completed the basket.
3. Next, fold and cut the two 2″x6″ pieces of paper as follows: Fold in half, short sides together and with pattern side facing out. Use an x-acto knife and cutting mat and ruler and, starting from the folded edge, make three evenly spaced parallel 2.5″ long cuts. These cuts will be .5″ apart; and note that the cuts don’t extend all the way but stop .5″ from the edges of the piece of paper.
4. Weave these two folded and cut pieces together as pictured in the book illustration. I also recommend Vintage Image Craft’s step by step illustrated guide to the same technique, which is helpful.
5. Being careful not to cut deeply through to meet the three initial cuts, trim off the top basket edges as desired.
That’s it! Add your personal message to the folded notecard that you’d set aside in step 2, slip it into an envelope, and send your spring greetings off in the mail!