Easter bonnet ideas

If there's ever an event guaranteed to bring out the latent competitive mum in you, it's the Easter bonnet parade

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Easter bonnets

To help you avoid being trumped in the millinery stakes, we've gathered Mumsnetters' Easter bonnet-crafting tips and ideas to ensure your child gets, at the very least, a special mention in dispatches.

Basic Easter bonnet

  • "Cut a strip of thin card long enough to fit round your child's head. Staple/glue/tape into a circle. 
  • Cut two more strips, one to go from the circle over the head left to right and one from back to front. Push sheet of tissue paper/crepe paper up into the hat to fill in the gaps and stick in place. 
  • Decorate with cut out paper butterflies, make tissue rosettes, stick on fluffy chicks bought from shop, add fluffy Easter bunny ears, glitter, cotton wool... anything!" 

Bunny in a flowerpot

Easter bonnet

  • "Cut the bottom off a flower pot and put it over the head bit of a hat.
  • Cut green crepe paper into grass and put this around the inside of the flower pot.
  • Put a little soft toy bunny in the flower pot with his face poking over the top through the grass.
  • Make blossoms with pink crepe paper and stuff this in centre of the pot.
  • Scatter cardboard Easter eggs painted with coloured glitter throughout the blossoms."

Spring cone bonnet

  • "Take a large circle of thin card, made a slit to the middle and overlap edges so you turn it into a cone. 
  • Attach two ribbons underneath to tie under chin and then stick anything on it -n hot cross buns, Easter eggs, plastic daffodils, tissue flowers etc."

Easter nest bonnet

  • "Buy some coconut matting (the stuff used in hanging baskets). 
  • Stick matting around a cheap plastic hat (party shop) to look like a nest. 
  • Add small twigs and greenery around the bits of plastic hat.
  • Use yellow shredded tissue paper (or similar) to line the 'nest'.
  • Place a selection of small eggs (or make pretend ones) inside the nest and put fluffy Easter chick on top of eggs. Hat made."

If you need a break from your arty efforts, have a giggle at the infamous Mumsnet fox Easter bonnet

sinister easter bonnet

"My oldest son loves foxes. So I thought it would be fun to make a bonnet with a fox chasing some chicks. The finished article looks a bit scary and, having viewed some hats online, I am wondering if this is in fact completely inappropriate. Am I worrying over nothing?"

More Easter bonnet tips

If this is your first brush with bonneting and you're tempted to go for the pared-back approach, then read on: 

  • "At my daughter's school, the winner was a bonnet with a table of 12 apostles and an empty seat.... it won. It was a catholic school though." 
  • "You should have seen the Easter bonnets at last year's parade at the primary school. They would have sat easily in the Tate, I tell you. Some of them had clearly been months in the planning and had taken someone 10 or 15 hours to make. My daughter went in a couple of cardboard bunny ears she had cut out herself. She won some token prize, probably for being the only child who had quite clearly had no help whatsoever from her parents. <Bites lip in shame.>"
  • "Beware: some of the other kids will have absolutely incredible stuff that they never got to touch until they got to school, the day of the parade." 

But beware, too, of Going Too Far...

  • "My daughter is in pre-school and demanded a 'fabulous hat 10 foot tall'. So, as requested, I 'bonneted' with vigour. The headmistress, in some bewilderment, flagged up her hat as being more appropriate for Ascot." 

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Last updated: over 1 year ago