How to make an Easter bonnet for the hat parade
How to make a cardboard Easter bonnet
The Easter Hat parade is still a popular school event. If you're all out of ideas this year, try this one.
- Foam eggs - around six small and one large - cut in half lengthways with a sharp knife
- 2 large sheets of cardboard
- Pretty paper
- Also required: double-sided tape, craft or packing tape (optional)
Tools for Easter hat, painted and cut foam eggs ready to stick on; check cutting skills needed for tall section of hat; make a hat band to stick feathers and eggs on to; assemble according to instructions; see final craft!
How to assemble the Easter bonnet:1. Paint the eggs in the colour of your choice and leave to dry.
2. Cut a strip of cardboard around 20cm high and as long as you need to wrap around the child’s head (giving yourself a little space). With a pencil, draw a line along the bottom two centimeters from the edge and use the scissors to make little cuts up to that line the whole length of the cardboard.
3. Glue your pretty paper from the top of the cardboard down (ideal if it covers the entire piece up to the pencil line, but not essential). Now glue the feathers onto the cardboard along the pencil line.
4. Glue the eggs into place on top of the feathers and along the pencil line. Place the larger egg in the centre and wrap with a ribbon beforehand.
5. Once dry, fold up the little slits you made in the bottom of the cardboard and place strips of double-sided tape onto the tops. Place a strip of double-sided along one side edge of the cardboard. Wrap around the child's head, mark and then stick in place. You might need to remove an egg at the end.
6. Cut a large circle for the base of the hat and place the top of the hat in the centre. Stick your hand inside the top of the hat and draw around the inside with a pencil. Cut out that circle a fraction larger than your pencil mark (a few millimeters should do it). Place the top of the hat through the hole until the base rests on the turned-up folds. Remove the sticky backs and stick into place.
7. If you like you can make a top for the hat but the kids prefer to stick their heads all the way through! To hide the folded-tabs, cover the bottom of the hat base with craft or packing tape and cut around the edges to neaten.