In our recent issue of Country Child magazine, Jill Dennis, a friend who does things like volunteer to help with costumes in school plays, wrote about Easter bonnets. I’ve asked her to come up with some simple steps to put one together that even I might be able to master. She assures me that these bonnets took her 30 minutes to make and used things just hanging round the house.
Take one paper plate (glue two together if they are very thin).
- Paint the plate any colour you like – I went for fresh and Spring-like. Decide which way up you’d like the brim to be (this depends on what else you are planning to add).
- Punch a hole equally at either side of the plates (for the ribbons to hold the hat in place).
- Take another paper plate. Cut the middle section out and curve it round on itself until you get a scooped-out shape which works very well as a nest. Cut any excess way and staple together. Paint this brown.
- Then paint PVA all over the ‘nest’ and stick hay, grass cuttings or crushed shredded wheat (yes, really) all over – a sticky job but no worse than making fishcakes! Then glue the ‘nest’ into the centre of the hat.
- Take a variety of flowers from the garden and cut them to suitable lengths to be attached to the hat at the base of the nest. Then staple them through the stem into the base of the hat.
- Nip outside and collect a couple of handfuls of ivy or other green leaves. Wind these round the base of the nest to cover the ends of the flowers and twist the stems together to keep them in place.
- Cut two lengths of ribbon to tie the hat in place and poke through the punched out holes in the brim with the knot on the underside.
It only remains for you to fill the nest with your choice of chocolate eggs and a chick or two and get parading..
I photographed my little boy coming out of his first day at nursery this week with this rather smart Easter bonnet on. I love it when this age group embrace everything. His brother in the background, however, looks a little more amused..