Easter bonnet ideas for 2021

29 March 2021

girl wearing easter bonnet

Spending the weekend in lockdown isn't exactly how many of us pictured our Easters to be. That doesn't mean it has to be any less fun. Make the most of the time inside (or outside!) with your family with some Easter bonnet arts and crafts.

Need something to keep you the kids distracted busy during lockdown? Here are the best Easter bonnet ideas.

1. Bunny in a flowerpot

This quick and easy idea is great for any animal-loving child.

bunny in a flowerpot
  • 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 the centre of the pot.
  • Scatter cardboard Easter eggs painted with coloured glitter throughout the blossoms.

Buy now: 10 cm flower pots, 7 for £4.06

Buy now: 12 rolls crepe paper, assorted colours, £6.99

Quickest bunny Easter bonnet

  • This is pretty much the quickest bonnet to make. Just simply print out our PDF template of a bunny, and attach it to a wrapped piece of card.
  • You can then draw on some eyes, or if you've got any, stick on some googly eyes.

2. Spring cone bonnet

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

Buy now: Artificial daffodils, £5.99

3. Rabbit in a hat bonnet

  • Take a pack of cotton balls, and glue them all over the head bit of a hat, until it looks full.
  • Cut out two pink ears from thick card, and stick them pointing upwards on top of the cotton wool.
  • Stick two googly eyes on the cotton wool where the eys of the bunny should be.
  • Cut a nose from pink card, and two long buck teeth from white card, and stick them on.
  • Cut out whiskers from black card, or use black pipe cleaners, and stick them on the sides of the nose.

Buy now: 75 cotton balls, £1.84

Buy now: 100 black pipe cleaners, £1.99

4. Sheep Easter hat

  • Similarly to the bunny Easter hat, glue lots of cotton balls on the head bit of a hat, or a paper plate, until it looks fluffy.
  • Cut out a sheep's face out of black felt and stick it on the front.
  • Stick on two googly eyes, and there you have it.
  • If you like, you can also add four felt black legs to hang over the top of the hat.
  • If you're using a paper plate, poke a hole on each side and thread through some ribbon for a fastener.

Buy now: 1000 googly eyes, £6.55

Buy now: 6 sheets black felt, £8.99

5. Easter nest bonnet

  • Buy some coconut matting (the stuff used in hanging baskets).
  • Stick the 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.

Buy now: 18 plush Easter chicks, £5.99

6. Traditional Easter bonnet

traditional easter bonnet
  • Sometimes, keeping it simple is best. Decorate a hat with chicks, eggs, flowers and whatever else you might find.

7. Chocolate easter bonnet

  • Buy a selection of wrapped chocolate eggs. The more different colours and sizes, the better.
  • Decorate a hat with them using glue – make sure to only get glue on the wrapping and not on the chocolate itself.
  • After the parade, unwrap and devour.

Buy now: Fabric daisies, £4.95

8. Bunny ears

  • If you're really pressed on time or can't be bothered to make yet another costume you can always snap up some bunny ears pretty cheap.

Buy now: Bunny ears, £5.49

9. Last-minute bunny ears

Left it too late to buy bunny ears? These are ones you can make the night before.

  • All you need for this one is a paper plate, a pink marker and some scissors.
  • Draw the ears onto the plate, and cut away everything except the rim of the plate.
  • Colour in the ears, fold them up and sorted. Perfect if you're strapped for cash or time.

Buy now: Pink paint pen, £3.39

10. Super easy hot cross bun bonnet

  • Get a brown box, or paint a square box brown.
  • Paint a white cross on it.
  • Add black dots to the squares.
  • Poke two holes at the bottom of either side, tie some string through and tie it under your chin.

Mumsnet users' tips for Easter bonnets

“At my daughter's school, the winner was a bonnet with a table of 12 apostles and an empty seat… 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.”