Easter hat ideas
Easter hats, or more traditionally the Easter bonnet, are a tried and true part of Easter celebrations at primary schools around New Zealand.
The Easter hat parade is a school tradition that seems to have its roots in the northern hemisphere, where Americans and Europeans would wear hats to events like Easter Parade and church services.
Years ago, the tradition of wearing an elaborate Easter bonnet came about as people bought new clothes to celebrate the end of Lent (the 40 days of fasting and prayer for Christians that begins on Ash Wednesday). The first social occasion after this sombre period would be a trip to church on Easter Sunday morning. This was the perfect opportunity to show off a new outfit and matching bonnet that would be laden with bows, flowers and trimmings to herald the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
These days, the Easter hat parade is a chance for parents to get creative and craft a wild and crazy hat their child can wear as they parade across the playground before the first term breaks up for holidays.
Easy Easter hat ideas
- Adapt a simple straw sun hat into an Easter bonnet with these instructions.
- Make a cute Easter hat like the one pictured above. Just make sure it's not topped with a chocolate egg if it's a hot day!
- Make a simple Easter bunny mask instead of an elaborate hat. Try these simple Kidspot craft instructions here.
- This Easter bunny crown is another easy hat that can be made at home.
- A trip to the dollar shop for a sparkly hat to transform into a jazzy masterpiece for the Easter hat parade is so simple!
- Create a garden hat complete with flowers for a twist on the traditional Easter bonnet. Watch the video to see how.
- Make a cardboard bonnet that will suit a boy or a girl with these instructions and then let the child decorate the Easter hat.
- Let the kids create a cute little pom pom tail to wear with their bunny ears or Easter hat.
- Got a paper plate? Then you got yourself the beginnings of a pretty and easy Easter bonnet.
- And if you're all out of paper plates, then this newspaper bonnet is perfect the the night-before-forgot-all-about-it brigade.
- Buy some cheap ready-made chicks from your local craft shop and use PVA glue to stick them to the brim of a hat.
- Visit your local two dollar shop and see what options are available sparkly bowler hats, cheap caps, sun hats and even readymade bunny hats are the easiest option. If you want to take it a bit further, buy some decorations and glue and allow your child to decorate it as they wish.
- Make an egg head hat by papier macheing a balloon. Cut the bottom off so it can go on a child's head and then decorate perhaps add a nest to the top of the egg, or decorate with buttons or jewels.
- Make an Easter hat out of a paper plate by sticking Easter-esque bits n pieces - small chicks, chocolate eggs, bunnies, flowers on the plate with PVA glue! Once you've finished the decorating, place two small holes in the end of the plate and thread ribbon through to tie underneath your child's chin.
- Buy a large sheet of cardboard at the newsagents and let your child decorate it with textas, card cutouts, stickers or streamers and ribbons. After this, fold the paper into the shape of a cone and secure it using a tape or stapler. To tie it to the child, add elastic thread or ribbon on both ends to keep it in place under the child's chin.