Homemade Easter Bonnet
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 5 and up
This pretty homemade Easter bonnet is fun to make and will look absolutely lovely on your little one.
What you'll need:
- White disposable painter's hat
- Plastic wrap
- 2 kitchen towel
- 1 piece of white poster board
- Shipping tape
- White craft glue
- 2 sheets yellow tissue paper
- 36" yellow ribbon
- Glue stick
- Tissue paper cut into 3" squares (pink, purple, light green)
How to make it:
- Place the painter's hat upside down and line the inside with plastic wrap. Put the 2 kitchen towels inside the painter's hat so that it stays expanded, as if someone's head were in it. Cut the bill off of the painter's hat. (See photo.)
- Place the hat right side up and place it in the center of the poster board. Use a pencil to draw a wavy line around the hat creating the bonnet's brim, about 4-5" away from the rim of the painter's hat. (See photo.)
- Trace a circle around the painter's hat itself. Leaving about ½" border around the inside of the circle, cut out the circle in the center of the poster board. Use shipping tape to attach the painter's hat to the poster board. (See photo.)
- Place the bonnet right side up on the work surface. Cover the entire bonnet with white craft glue. Carefully center one piece of the yellow tissue paper on top of the bonnet. Pipe some glue onto the tissue paper covering the top of the painter's hat, then place the second piece of yellow tissue paper catty-cornered over the first piece. (See photo.)
- Gently press the tissue paper down around the painter's hat and onto the poster board.
- Tie the ribbon into a bow around the crown of the hat to help hold the tissue paper in place.
- Turn the bonnet upside down. Use a glue stick to attach the overlapping pieces of yellow tissue paper to the bottom of the bonnet brim. (See photo.)
- Turn bonnet right side up again and pipe glue all around the hat band area. (See photo.)
- Take a tissue paper square and gather it around the tip of your finger. With the other hand, hold the tip and twist the end. (See photo.)
- Flatten the twisted end to be flush with the rest of the "flower" and flatten out the "petals." (See photo.) Press the flower into the glue on the hatband.
- Repeat with the other colored tissue paper squares, alternating in a pattern (pink, purple, light green, pink, purple, etc). Let bonnet dry completely.
- When dry, remove the kitchen towels and plastic wrap from the inside of the hat. Make sure all of the tape inside the hat is secured and no sticky pieces are hanging out -- you don't want to pull any hair!
- If you like, you can line the inside of the painter's hat with felt.
- Save tissue paper from birthday parties, especially for projects that require small scraps like this one.
- Painter's hats are available at discount department store and home improvement stores in the paint aisle.