Easter Bonnet – Baby chick, feathers, nest and chocolate eggs, yay!

Easter is just around the corner and in the spirit of Easter traditions, DD’s school have requested an Easter bonnet for the upcoming Easter celebration.

Iv’e been trying to declutter my home recently and the thought of adding yet another item to the hat collection (we have pirate hats, santa hats, 80’s visor, Olaf snow man cap…you get the idea) or adding yet more items to my craft supplies was not appealing. Not wanting DD to feel left out of the festivities, I went around the house hunting for an alternative. Finding an old Alice band and a rummage through my miscellaneous craft supplies gave me a great idea. See below how I managed to rustle up a rather professional looking Easter bonnet for almost nothing.

You will need

Thick card
Pencil
Scissors
Sticky tape
PVA or other paste glue
Shredded paper
Felt
Hot glue gun
Alice band
Circle of cotton fabric
Needle and thread
Toy stuffing
Feathers
Egg shell (cleaned)
Stapler (optional)

Instructions

Making the nest
1. Draw a circle in the middle of your thick card using a drinking glass as a guide. Using scissors, cut about 10 straight lines from the edges of the card into the edges of the circle, so that your card looks like a sun-ray. Lift up all the rays and arrange into a bowl shape. Stick in place using glue or tape. Trim off the top so that it resembles a nest.

Easter Bonnet DIY Step 1
This forms the base of your nest.

 

2. Arrange the shredded paper so that it lies in a mat, roughly in the shape of a circle that is double the size of your card nest. Cover the bottom of the nest in glue and stick onto the centre of your shredded paper mat. Cover the inside bottom surface of your paper bowl with more glue and fold the shredded paper mat into the bowl and stick down into the centre.

Easter Bonnet DIY Step 2
Spread out the shredded paper into a large circular shape big enough to cover both inside and outside of the nest base that you just made.

 

Attaching the nest to the Alice band
3. Using a drinking glass again as a guide, cut out two felt circles. Using the glue gun, cover one felt circle with glue and stick to the bottom of your nest. Next, cover the other side with glue, making sure you leave a line slightly wider than your Alice band free from glue. Stick the second felt circle down onto the first circle..

Easter Bonnet DIY Step3
Make sure you leave a line slightly wider than your Alice band when sticking down the second felt circle.

 

4. Thread the Alice band through your two felt circles. Once in your desired position, dab a little glue to the edges and stick in place. You may also want to staple the nest and felt circles/Alice band together at this stage for extra stability and durability.

Easter Bonnet DIY Step 4
It looks nicer to position the nest slightly to one side rather than right in the centre.

 

Making the chick
5. Draw a circle about 2-3 times the size of the bottom of your drinking glass onto a piece of cotton fabric. Cut out the circle. With a needle and thread, make a running stitch all the way around the outside of the circle. Pull the thread so that the fabric starts to bunch up and then stuff with toy stuffing. Pull the thread to close the hole and then secure.

Easter Bonnet DIY Step 5
Turn your work so that the stitches will all be hidden at the bottom.

 

6. Using a glue gun, stick on a tiny beak (made by cutting two tiny triangles out of felt, folded in half), a couple of felt eyes, feathers to make the wings and tail and a piece of egg shell onto the top of the chicks head.

Easter Bonnet DIY Step 6
Arrange the features of your chick as you wish. Doesn’t mine look cute?

 

Assembling the Easter bonnet
7. Poke feathers in and around the nest. Using the glue gun again, stick the chick to the nest so that its peeking out at the front, then stick the other side of the egg shell into the bottom of the nest, top off with more feathers and finally fill in the gaps by hot gluing down a few foil covered chocolate eggs.

 

Easter Bonnet DIY Step 7 a
Poke feathers randomly into the nest.

Easter Bonnet DIY Step 7 b
Make sure the little chick takes pride of place, then arrange everything else around him.

 

Wear with pride 🙂

If you are feeling extra fancy, why not try decorating your egg shell first using our Whipped Cream Dyed Easter Eggs method.

Easter Bonnet DIY
I’m pretty pleased with the result given that it cost me only about S$7 (including the chocolate eggs), it has also ticked the sustainability box and my desire of not bringing unnecessary clutter into my house (everything used in this make apart from the shredded paper and the foil covered chocolate eggs was already in my stash at home, although in my mind the chocolate doesn’t really count as it will surely get eaten afterwards), then there is the fact that it just looks so darn cute. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

 

Happy Easter bonnet making everyone!

 

Did you know, the tradition of wearing an Easter bonnet was borne from the practice of wearing new clothes to represent new things and renewal during Easter and Spring?

 
 

All Images by Anna Hui
 
 

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