April Showers Bring May Flowers

Happy belated May Day! Growing up, my mom and I always made May flower baskets to put on the doors of our neighbors. I loved hanging our handmade paper-cone baskets on door knobs, ringing the doorbell, and running away before the door opened. Making May flower baskets are a tradition in my family that I hope to continue; my mom and aunt grew up on a farm and still talk about walking half a mile to their closest neighbor’s home to deliver May flower baskets.

With weeks of rainy weather in April behind us, flowers are sure to flourish this May. To kick off the spring season, I wanted to share some of my favorite flowers from the collection with you.

Georgia O’Keeffe, Yellow Cactus Flowers, 1929

Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1908

Charles Demuth, Zinnias, 1924

At the Museum, we enjoy talking about nature in art and have created art in both the galleries and in the studio that relate to flowers.

Floral sketching in the galleries

Creating arrangements in the studio

There are also many fun flower-related activities that you can create at home. From cupcake liners, buttons and beads to paper and sugar, check out these fun ideas to bring May flowers into springtime family art-making.

On the Household Ideas blog, find instructions to use materials found in the kitchen to create your own blooming garden.

Found object flowers

Find step-by-step instructions on AlphaMom to craft spinning paper pinwheel flowers – make several for a fully moveable garden!

Pinwheel flowers

Discover a variety of fun, flower-related crafts on – where else – the Martha Stewart website! Some of my favorite floral creations are giant paper poppies, the pretty paper pop-up card (just in time for Mother’s Day!), and for those of you with a sweet tooth, flower sugar cookies are sweet – both to look at and to eat!

Posted by: Amanda

Pretty poppies

Pop-up garden

Sweet to eat

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