Celebrate the first day of May with flower baskets

May Day is about spring festival and femininity and originated at the Flora Festival of the Roman Empire. Many people celebrate with offerings of flowers, dancing and even the ringing of the bell. Day Basket baskets are a perfect DIY project and you can share finished creations with neighbors and friends.

I tend to use faux florals from the shop so baskets can hang proudly on door handles for months to come. Here are three designs and how to make your own.

For our first basket, I wanted to play up some classic spring colors. I love green and I want something new and central. The bright green pair is beautiful with soft roses and yellows, while the pops of bright white balance the design.

Design tips: Symmetry balances – don’t worry about doing exactly the same on each side but instead weighing them evenly.

My second basket was actually not a basket, but a rustic metal tin. I love pop of red for a bold touch, and this is one of my favorite vessels to recreate for the summer when red, white and blue are having their moments. To keep the arrangement in spring, I pulled out my blue hues for the pink tulips and added some green greens to add some texture.

Design tips: For a more natural and organic look, adjust your size just as you would the real deal. Suppose they reach for the day and open. Start with your tallest, most open stems (often called fillers), then strategically place your tighter sprigs and blooms.

My final basket incorporates another of my favorite color combinations, black and white. This simple palette is perfect for a stylish spring look with rich fuchsias and plums paired with neon spring greens. It’s nice to mix it sometimes. These baskets are about having fun with your favorite colors, textures and patterns to create a look that speaks to you.

Design tips: Don’t be afraid to create some height when choosing your flower. Iron can be (and often should be) higher than your basket or container.

Adapted from nellhills.com. Katie Laughridge is the owner of Nell Hill’s Kansas City interior design location.

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