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
PVA or other paste glue
Hot glue gun
Circle of cotton fabric
Needle and thread
Egg shell (cleaned)
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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