So yeah, I was meant to post this last week but with the run up to the girls’ birthday and Ff being poorly I didn’t get the chance. But the two L’s worked so hard on these Easter bonnets I wanted to show them off anyway! Of course we did them very last minute so we had a costume change into jammies midway through while they were waiting for turns and the photos are a bit scarce as I was trying to do about 137 things at once!
We started off with some really stiff paper plates, not the cheap budget ones, these cost more than I would have liked but it’s my own fault for leaving it till last minute! We then got one of our bowls, which we checked fit over their heads, and drew a circle to cut out. The plates were so stiff neither got very far without me thinking they would slip and chop off a digit so I did this bit of cutting.
LM needed it yellow so she painted hers, (she has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Type and struggles to hold pens or pencils hence the odd way she’s holding her brush)
We had cut some A4 card lengthways into strips and *very carefully* using the glue gun stuck them together. We used one of the pieces of the plates to protect the table, I’m sure you could find something much better than this though!
I tried to tell him he looked fab like this and that he just needed to decorate it, but he wasn’t having any of it so I guessed we had to finish it properly! We pulled the plate over the top and bent the edges up. We then glued these ends down. It was a bit fiddly but once they were all bent into place it was easier to work on the ones closest to the plate and work your way to the outer ones.
Poor LM gave up waiting for hers to dry so she brought out the big guns, fair play it did the trick.
I had some foam sheets and glitter glue pens so using some cookie cutters they pressed the shapes of an egg and a chick (we also had a bunny) into the foam, cut them out and decorated. They stuck a few fluffy chicks around and we also had some other bits to stick on. Can you tell what their hats are meant to be? These were two very proud but very tired milliners!
Here’s a close up. I think we should have let the glitter glue dry a little as we had a few drips but they were soon remedied with a cottonbud.
I wasn’t sure how the strips of card would look but I liked how they turned out. You could use these as a base for any type of hat, you could even weave things like patterned paper and ribbon around the strips of card. Or even make the strips themselves out of material I guess. I can write a proper tutorial with better pictures for the hat if anyone would like me to.
Did you make any Easter bonnets this year? I hope you were a bit more prepared than I was. Let me know