Do you celebrate May Day at home or at school?  This spring festival for the Northern Hemisphere is on May 1st. (Maybe those of you in the Southern Hemisphere celebrate a different spring festival?)  You may have participated in a May pole dance or made a May basket full of flowers.  The other day I was talking with my mom about May Day when she was little.  She remembers collecting wild flowers for a May basket they made.  She placed the basket of flowers on the porch of a widow, knocked, and ran.  Maybe you have the same tradition with the May basket where you live but I had forgotten all about it!

With May Day tomorrow I decided to dress up Samantha and make her a flower cone as her May basket.  The flower cones are left hanging from a door knob when they are secretly delivered.

The flower cones also make a lovely decoration and would be fun in a variety of colors for other seasons of the year!

Let’s get started!


  • 4″ paper doily or patterned paper
  • cupcake liners (or tissue paper)
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • pipe cleaners
  • glue

For the cone I am using a 4″ paper doily.  You could also cut a 4″ circle out of paper if you don’t have a doily.

To create a cone shape, simply fold over the sides until one end is pointed and glue in place.  Glue a ribbon for a handle from the front to the back.  The little cone is ready to fill with flowers!

If you have small silk flowers they would make a lovely bouquet for the cone.  I am making my own flowers out of cupcake liners.  You could also make the flowers in a similar way with tissue paper.

To get started invert the cupcake liner so the pattern is on the inside.

Place a finger in the center of the liner and with the other hand pull the liner down over your finger.  Now the center of the liner will come to a point and the pattern will be hidden on the inside.

Tightly twist the pointed end, leaving the last 1/2″-3/4″ of the opposite end open.

Make a 90 degree bend about 3/4″ from the open end.

Glue a pipe cleaner at the bend on the twisted portion of the cupcake liner.

Bend the end back down and open it up to form a flower.

For the second type of flower you only need 1/2 of a cupcake liner.

Bring the two cut ends together to form a cone shape.

Twist the point the same way we did on the other flower.

After you open up the end, again the same way we did for the other flower, bend the edges to the back.  With this foil backed liner it stays in place, with the paper liners you may need to add a little glue on the back to keep it in place.

Glue several of these smaller flowers to each stem.

Arrange the flowers one by one in the cone and glue them in place.

Hang this little flower cone as a decoration or use a little glue dot to help your doll “hold” it.

Maybe your dolls will be making a secret delivery of a flower cone this May Day to make someone smile!

Just in case you are interested, here is a little more about today’s post:

  • Doll- Samantha is an AG Historical Character
  •  Outfit-Samantha’s Pinafore Dress sewn from a pattern.  Shoes and pantalettes are from Caroline’s meet outfit.
Happy May Day!