How to create a quick Easter bonnet
Easter is the time of all things fluffy. Spring is in the air. What better time to get an invitation, or if you're lucky enough to have more than one child, two [three, four, etc] invitations to make a lovely Easter bonnet? Your cup of joy is overflowing. Where should you start? Here are some tips.
What you'll need:
Cardboard or a hat
Assorted Easter decorations eg chicks
Needle and thread
Get yourself into the mood. Eat a few Easter eggs. It will serve as inspiration.
Look online or at local bargain shops for hat kits. You just need the shell of the hat to decorate. Alternatively, make a rim with some thin cardboard, make a hole in the middle and insert a wolly hat you can pin or paste things onto. Don't use papier mache. There is a strong chance in the UK that it could rain.
Try to give it an extra original twist. Raid your children's toy box and sew/glue on a stuffed animal or two. Any baby animal will probably do, bar a crocodile.
Consider a theme. The thinking part is key. Easter is more or less easy for themes: it's chicks, chocolate, baby animals and death (rebirth).
Involve children. They will have fun and they can then take ownership [blame] for the outcome.
Plan your decorations. For chicks: these are on sale at all good supermarkets. Buy in bulk. Plaster all over the crown of the hat and add chocolate eggs. Alternatively, collect feathers from the garden or park and paint yellow. Or cut up pictures of chicks from chick magazines [fortuitously, there is a magazine wholly devoted to such things called Poultry World. It will also give you some endlessly fascinating chick info. You could, if feeling creative, cut the headlines or interesting facts up and paste to the bonnet for extra originality and an educational edge].
For chocolate: why not buy a medium-sized egg and strap it to your child's head with a ribbon? Instant bonnet. Or smother the bonnet base with melted chocolate and cut out Easter egg wrappings in star and other shapes to embed in the bonnet. If you are feeling like promoting healthy eating, add a grape or two.
Remember: this is supposed to be a creative experience that you and your children enjoy. Don't turn it into a competitive sport, even if it is for some bonnet competition. Keep it simple. There will be less mess afterwards.
Imagination is key.
Get the theme right.
Keep calm and/or eat chocolate.
Keep it simple.