I had no idea that creating an easter bonnet for a boy or girl would be so tricky…
And as usual I had left it until the very last minute.
Having a girl and a boy usually means double the amount of costumes and double the amount of ‘Mum hours’ spent making stuff for school events like easter bonnet parades. As they attend different schools with different timetables for these events I’ve decided that from now on I will try and kill two birds with one stone by making things that both kids can wear. I had a quick flick through pinterest for some unisex bonnet ideas but everything I came across was either too fluffy and girly or too garish. In a last minute panic I decided to try and create an Indian style feather crown using some of our polystyrene marbled eggs that we made last weekend details here.
Although not strictly a bonnet I think it still ticks the boxes and both Little brother and Big Sister enjoyed wearing it to their easter bonnet parades. Whats more it was pretty simple to make, find out how below.
You will need
Fabric strip or ribbon for headband. We used some webbing fabric from a craft shop
Polystyrene eggs (see here for details of how we created these marbled eggs)
Insert or glue the first layer of feathers onto the headband (the first layer should be made up of the tallest ones.) We used the holes in the webbing to weave the feathers in for extra support.
Stick on the next layer of feathers starting with the tallest ones in the middle and smaller ones to the edges.
Stick on the final layer of smaller feathers and bind them to the headband by sewing a simple running stitch with wool from one end of the band to the other. Use a few different colours and leave the strands long at each end. These will be used to tie together the headpiece at the end. Make sure you loop the wool over each group of feathers and pull tightly. This should help to hold them in place if the glue fails.
Plait the loose strands of wool at each end and tie off. Slice some of the polystyrene marbled eggs in half with a sharp kitchen knife and attach to the centre of the headpiece with glue. Trim the ends of the feathers.
Have you got any other great ideas for an easter bonnet for a boy or girl, I’d love to hear them? Next year I’m going to be more prepared.
You can check out this years Easter Bonnet creation below