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12 impressive bonnets for the Easter Hat Parade

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Feature image thanks to Carrie Noar of Tales And Tails
Feature image thanks to Carrie Noar of Tales And Tails

It’s time for the Easter Hat Parade! If you’ve been stressing about creating an Easter Bonnet, we’re coming to the rescue with easy, affordable ideas for an impressive creation. Time to get crafty!


All of theses Easter bonnets are not just gorgeous, they’re cheap and easy to put together. Many start with a hat you probably already own, topped with pretty or fun embellishments that you can pick up at any arts and crafts shop or discount store. Try to create the same look, or use them as inspiration for your own designs. We’ve divided them into bonnets for girls and boys, but there is no reason you can’t adjust the ideas to suit your child.

GIRLS

1. Floral Chic

1floralchicYou’ll need: a hat with a wide brim, silk flowers, styrofoam eggs in assorted colours (you can also buy white styrofoam eggs and paint them) and coordinating ribbon, chicks in assorted colours, small pink bunnies, foam cut-out chicken shapes or similar, strong craft glue or a hot glue gun

To make: Attach matching ribbon to each of the foam eggs with glue or a stapler. Place all items randomly over the hat until you are happy with the arrangement (note that the flowers look better when bunched together). Using the glue, attach all of the embellishments, then set the hat aside to dry completely.

Tip If you wish to re-use the hat, attach the embellishments using small safety pins or staples so that you can remove them later. For more ways to get creative with your kids, see At Home With Ali.

2. The Ears Have It

2earshaveitYou’ll need: a bunny ears headband, small piece beautiful fabric or thick wrapping paper, small silk or plastic flowers in assorted colours, butterfly pin or similar, strong craft glue or a hot glue gun

To make: Draw ear shapes onto the fabric or wrapping paper the size of the inner section of the bunny ears and cut out. Using the glue, attach the fabric/paper to the inner ears. Place flowers randomly around the base of the ears until you are happy with the arrangement. Using the glue, attach the flowers. Place butterfly above the flowers on one ear and glue in place. Set ears aside to dry completely.

Tip If you are handy with a sewing machine, you can sew the fabric onto the ears (turning over the cut edge to create a hem), for a neater look. Want to buy it ready-made? Go to Made It.

3. Wraparound Crown

3wraparoundcrownYou’ll need: sheets of foam or cardboard in an array of fun colours, your choice of embellishments (such as pipe cleaners, ribbon, foam shapes, coloured paper, jewels), tape measure, pencil, ruler, strong craft glue

To make: Measure around your child’s head (from forehead to back) to get the hat circumference. Transfer the measurement to the long edge of a piece of foam/cardboard, plus another 2cm. Now it’s time to get creative.

  1. Tiara. Draw another line about 4cm above the base line and cut along it to create a strip. Overlap the two short ends by 2cm and glue to secure. Set aside to dry. Halve your child’s head circumference and transfer this measurement to another piece of foam/cardboard. Draw a tiara shape about 20cm high above the base line and cut out. Decorate tiara with an array of glittery ribbons, jewels, paper/foam diamonds – anything you like – just glue the items in place. Allow to dry, then glue tiara to the front of the strip circle, aligning base lines. Set aside to dry completely.
  2. Crown. Draw a deep zigzag up to 20cm above the base line for a crown, then cut out. Decorate your crown with cut-out paper/foam flowers, leaves, grass and Easter eggs – even a bunny if you’re really creative. Simply glue the items in place. Allow to dry, then overlap the two short ends by 2cm and glue to secure. Set crown aside to dry completely.
  3. Bunny ears. Draw another line about 7cm above the base line and cut. Overlap the two short ends by 2cm and glue to secure. Set aside to dry. Cut around the strip circle in 0.5cm increments and to 3cm deep to create the grass. Using coloured paper/foam, cut out two ears, Easter eggs and decorations, and long strips of grass. Glue everything in place, then set aside to dry completely.

Tip To save on buying lots of different coloured papers and ribbon, you could buy a cheap pack of Easter-themed stickers from a discount store and decorate till your heart’s content.

4. Blooming Lovely

4bloominglovelyYou’ll need: a hat with a wide brim, 8-10 fresh flowers (such as roses), length of ribbon long enough to wrap around hat and overhang the brim when tied (if hat doesn’t already have one attached), chicks in a nest or similar, about a dozen medium-size safety pins

To make: Wrap ribbon around the hat, tie in a bow at the back and trim so that the ends hang at about 5cm beyond the brim. Safety pin ribbon to hat at the bow. Place nest at the front of the hat, slightly off to one side and safety pin to the ribbon. Remove any thorns from flowers and cut stems to about 4cm in length (don’t cut off the leaves). Place flowers around brim of hat and secure to the ribbon with safety pins.

5. Pretty In Pastel

5prettypastelYou’ll need: a hat with a wide brim, 8 large paper or silk flowers, craft straw or raffia, bunny ears headband (ears cut off) safety pins and a stapler

To make: Attach ears to the front of the hat using the stapler. Arrange straw/raffia around the brim. Using safety pins, pin flowers around the centre of the brim (the flowers will hold the straw/raffia in place).

6. Bunny On Top

6bunnytopYou’ll need: a hat with a wide brim, length of ribbon long enough to wrap around hat and overhang the brim when tied (if hat doesn’t already have one attached), pair of craft eyes, white pipe-cleaners, 2 cotton balls, small pompom (for nose), small piece of white cardboard (for teeth), double-sided stickytape, masking tape, safety pin

To make: Wrap ribbon around the hat, tie in a bow at the back and trim so that the ends hang at about 5cm beyond the brim. Safety pin ribbon to hat at the bow. Tape pompon to the middle of the top of the hat, then arrange and stick eyes above the nose. Tape 4 pipe-cleaners right underneath the nose so that they fan out to one side (see photo). Repeat for the opposite side. Tape cotton balls right underneath the nose on top of the pipe-cleaners. Cut out 2 front teeth from the white cardboard and tape to the hat under the base of the cotton balls. For the ears, join 2 pipe-cleaners together by wrapping the ends around each other. Repeat. Bend each pair to create an ear shape. Push ends of each ears through the hat under the ribbon, then flatten ends against the underside of the hat. Place a piece of masking tape over the ends to prevent any scratching.

BOYS

1. Do-You-Think-He-Saurus?

1doyouthinksaurausYou’ll need: old hat with a wide brim, 1 or more plastic dinosaurs, speckled eggs, plastic fern and other leaves, hot glue gun

To make: Play with all elements over the hat until you are happy with the arrangement. Using the hot glue gun, still everything in place. Note that because the eggs and dinosaurs are quite heavy, they will need quite a bit of glue. Set aside to dry completely.

Tip Buy white styrofoam eggs and paint them. These will attach much more easily and young ones are less likely to want to eat them!

2. Reptilian Rapture

2reptilianraptureYou’ll need: a bunny ears headband, small piece striking fabric or wrapping paper, selection of plastic bugs and reptiles, silk or plastic leaves, craft glue, hot glue gun or a stapler

To make: Draw ear shapes onto the fabric or wrapping paper the size of the inner section of the bunny ears and cut out. Using the glue, attach the fabric/paper to the inner ears. Position the leaves and critters around the base of the ears, and partially up the ears, until you are happy with the placement. Glue or staple all elements in place. Set aside to dry any glue completely.

Tip Want to buy it ready-made? Go to Made It

3. Carrotastic!

3carrotYou’ll need: a hat with a brim, length of ribbon, about 35 baby carrots

To make: Trim both ends off the carrots, leaving about 2cm greenery. Tie the ribbon around the hat, knotting it securely at the back (don’t make ribbon band too tight), and letting the ends hang loosely. Push the carrots down behind the ribbon.

4. All Ears

4allearsYou’ll need: sheet of white cardboard, paint in a variety of colours, red and white tissue paper, 2 feathers, plastic craft eyes, tape measure, black or blue texta, ruler, strong craft glue, stapler

To make: Measure around your child’s head (from forehead to back) to get the hat circumference. Transfer this measurement to the long edge of the cardboard, plus add another 2cm. Draw another line about 20cm above this one and cut along it to create a wide strip. Use the remaining cardboard to cut out 2 long ears, a face (the width of the strip), a nose, mouth and 2 teeth (see photo). Paint coloured stripes the length of the cardboard strip, then paint the face a single colour, such as pink. Paint the nose black and the mouth red. Set aside to dry. Glue the eyes, nose, mouth and teeth in place on the face, then draw on a few freckles. Set aside to dry. Glue white tissue paper to the ears and trim to fit. Paint on inner and outer ears. Set aside to dry. Cut a rectangle from a few layers of the red tissue paper, pinch rectangle in the middle, then wrap the middle with a small strip of red tissue and glue to secure. Paint on polkadots. Set aside to dry. To assemble, glue face to centre of strip, then staple feathers to top of face so they fall on either side of the face. Staple ears at the the top behind the face. Glue bow on top of feather ends. Overlap short ends of strip by 2cm and glue or staple to secure.

5. Cheeky Chicks

5cheekychicksYou’ll need: a hat with a wide brim (frayed edges are a plus!), about 6 chickens and another 6 baby chickens, shredded paper, round of cardboard to fit top of hat, Easter ribbon and coloured textas, craft glue, stapler

To make: Glue a handful of shredded paper to the cardboard circle in a shallow nest shape. Staple or glue baby chickens into the nest. Arrange larger chickens around brim of hat and staple to secure. Tie Easter ribbon around the hat. Write Easter messages around the brim, such as “I Love Easter!” in texta (unless you want to use the hat again).

6. Easter Beanie

6easterbeanieYou’ll need: a beanie, magnetic or foam letters to make the word EASTER, wool needle and wool in a complementary colour to the beanie

To make: Arrange the letters over the front of the beanie. Secure each in place using the needle and wool.

We’d love to hear about your Easter bonnet creations, so tell us about them in the comments section below!

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