Tutorial: Making Easter Bonnets with Your Children
For many, Easter wouldn’t be Easter without decorative Easter Bonnets.
From huge, over-the-top creations to more modest numbers; children everyone will love getting creative and making a hat or two for the celebrations. Whether you’re going on an Easter egg hunt, or just enjoying chocolate in your own home; do it wearing your homemade Easter Bonnets.
Here is a quick and easy-to-follow tutorial that you and your children can use to make Easter Bonnets and hats in preparation for the Easter break:
For this tutorial you will need:
- 2 Sheets of large cardboard
- Foam eggs, of varying sizes, cut in half
- Paint and paint brush
- Decorative paper
- Glue and double-sided sticky tape
Cut the foam eggs in half (so each shell as one flat edge). This can be fiddly, so is best left to you, especially if you’re making bonnets with younger children. You and your child should then paint them any colours they like. For spring parades though, pastel colours such as pinks, purples, blues, yellows, and greens would all work really well.
Wrap a piece of cardboard around your child’s head, and cut it to your desired bonnet height. Make sure that it fits snugly enough that it won’t fall off, but not so tight that it is restrictive. Then, with a pencil, draw a line along the bottom 2cm from the edge, and make little cuts up to that line. These cuts need to be along the whole length of the cardboard.
Now it’s time for your child to get creative!
Take your decorative paper, and glue from the top of the cardboard to the pencil lines. You could use blank paper that your child has drawn on and painted if they prefer. Just make sure it is decorative and stands out.
Glue your feathers along the pencil line we draw earlier.
When your painted egg shells are completely dry, glue them on top of the feathers. Alternate the colours, and if you have a larger shell this should be in the middle. Take your ribbon (you can decorate this as you like prior to sticking down) and wrap around the large egg. You could add this to the rim or brim of the hat, depending on your child’s preference.
When your hat is dry, fold up the slits you made in the bottom of the card, and secure with double-sided tape. With another strip of tape, secure the hat around your child’s head. You now need to use the remainder of the card to make the base of the hat. Place the hat in the centre, and draw round the circle from the inside.
Cut out a circle that is a fraction larger, and place the top of the hat through the hole. The base should then rest on the turned up folds. Trim the edges to neaten. And voila! You have a great homemade Easter Bonnets.
Children will love making – and wearing – their new Easter Bonnets. This is only a simple guide for decoration as well, you can be as crafty and creative as you like once you have made the hat itself. So what are you waiting for? Get creative today!
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