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Easter Bonnet and Hat Ideas
When it comes to making Easter bonnets or hats it can fill many parent with dread. There will always be a parent who has the time and the pocket to create a masterpiece. But for the majority of us there are lots of ideas for Easter bonnets and hats that are not only easy and cheap to make, but fun to do as well.
Making Easter bonnets and hats is all about being creative and imaginative. The first step in how to make Easter bonnets and hats is to see what you already have around the home to make your hat with. You may already have the base for your hat such as an old straw sun hat, a baseball cap, hair bands etc. Check your draws and sewing boxes for scraps of material, buttons, sequins, ribbon, wrapping and tissue paper. Even old greetings cards come in handy.
Once having collected together as many useful items as you can, think about what type of hat or bonnet you can make from them. Your collection can be added to by checking out your local store or craft shop for items such as candy eggs, chicks, feathers and paper and card. Cake decorating shops are often very useful when making an Easter bonnet or hat.
Here are some very simple ideas for your Easter bonnet or hat that are easy to make.
Easter Plate Hat
A paper or plastic plate can make a great inexpensive base for your hat. Before you start to decorate, make two holes either side of the plate to tie ribbon, elastic or string through.
Either cover your plate with colored tissue, paint or leave plain. Glue a selection of Easter related items to the plate such as candy eggs, chicks and bunnies. Or cover in scrunched up brown paper, to resemble a nest and fill with chicks and eggs.
Using card (a cereal packet will do), cut out petals to create a flower such as a daffodil or sunflower. Color yellow and stick to your plate. Fill the center using cut up egg boxes painted yellow or black. And finish with green ribbon for the tie to resemble the stem.
If using an old straw hat make or buy some flowers to stick on the hat to create a spring garden. Fill with Easter chicks and eggs. Candy eggs are better as they are less likely to melt and stick better. Finish with pretty ribbon in pastel shades.
Let your child make their own collage hat by scrunching up colored paper and sticking it to the hat until it is completely filled. A rainbow effect can be made using different bands of colored tissue paper. Or completely cover in paper flowers.
Boys are perhaps more reluctant to wear an Easter hat, so using an old baseball cap removes the 'girlie' aspect of the occasion when making Easter hats for boys. They can be decorated as animals or themes very easily.
Baseball Cap Easter Hat
To make a nest using a baseball cap, cover the cap in brown paper or tissue. Make an extra nest shape at the top with scrunched up paper and fill with chicks and candy eggs as with the plate hat.
To make an animal such as a chick, cover in yellow paper and make a cardboard beak in orange to stick to the peak of the cap. Stick on some yellow feathers and make some eyes out of black material or card.
Easter Cone Hat or Bonnet
This can be made simply by your child.
Give your child some card and let them decorate it with whatever materials you have such as coloring pencils, markers, ribbons, glitter, paper flowers etc. Once they have finished, fold the card into a cone shape and secure the edges with sticky tape. Make two holes in the end and thread some ribbon or elastic through to tie under the chin.
Rabbit Hair Band Bonnet
This is particularly good for small children who perhaps do not like wearing a hat. It is easy to make and uses very little materials.
Make some large cut out rabbit ears and cover them in either grey felt or material. Cover the inside with pink material. If you don't have any material, simply them in with markers. Cut strips of pink or grey paper or material and wind them round your hair band until completely covered. Bend the end of the rabbits ear to make a flap and stick securely under the hair band.
Some of the best ideas can be the easiest. So when it comes to making your Easter bonnet or hat start from what you have or know you can easily source. Most of all it should be fun for you and your child.
Easter Bonnets and Hats
If time is limited, and you don't have time to make a craft, it may be easier simply to purchase an easter bonnet or hat for your child. Here are some options.