How to make Easter bonnets for children

Updated March 23, 2017

Easter bonnets are an adorable accessory for little girls that can be bought from a shop or made at home to add some individuality to the bonnet. Care-givers can decorate a simple wide-brimmed hat or have children help out to create a paper bonnet for Easter time fun. For a change from a traditional bonnet, even a novice can make a customised floral wreath in just a few simple steps.

Paper bonnet

Trace a large circle on to a piece of Easter or spring-themed wrapping paper. The circle should have a diameter of approximately 60 cm (24 inches). Cut out the circle, and scrunch it into a ball, and then smooth it out on a flat surface.

Put the circle on the child's head with the centre of the circle aligned with the top of her head.

Press the paper around her head to just above her ears, and wrap clear tape around to help keep the new shape of the hat. Remove the paper while maintaining the domed shape.

Have a helper cut a length of ribbon long enough to wrap around the bottom of the dome. Apply glue to one side of the ribbon and secure it around the dome.

Use glue to attach a large ribbon bow on top of the two ends of the ribbon. Glue silk spring flowers on the ribbon all the way around the bonnet.

Cotton bonnet

Lay the cotton fabric wide-brimmed hat on a flat surface. Measure the bottom edge of the dome above the brim and add 2.5 cm (1 inch). Cut a piece of 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide ribbon to the length of the above measurement.

Apply glue along one side of the ribbon, and wrap it around the bonnet.

Tie a 20 cm (8 inch) length of ribbon in a bow, and glue it on top of the ends of the ribbon.

Apply glue to the bottom of a large silk flower, and attach it to the very top centre of the hat.

Work in a circle to attach medium-size silk flowers all over the dome of the bonnet.

Floral wreath bonnet

Measure the circumference of the child's head, and cut a piece of florist wire to that length.

Wrap the ends of the medium-thickness florist wire around each other to secure them together and to reduce the size of the wreath to stay on the child's head.

Cut a 3.75 cm (1 1/2 inch) piece of thin florist wire and attach it to a silk flower. Attach the silk flower to the wreath by wrapping the remaining florist wire around the wreath florist wire. Make sure the ends are folded over and do not stick up.

Repeat this step until you have covered the entire wreath with silk flowers.

Cut a 3.75 cm (1 1/2 inch) piece of thin florist wire, and attach it to a cluster of two or three leaves. Attach it to the wreath in the same way you attached the flowers. Repeat this step three or four times to add a bit of greenery to the wreath.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrapping paper
  • Clear tape
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Silk flowers
  • Cotton wide-brimmed hat
  • Medium-thickness florist wire
  • Thin florist wire
  • Silk greenery
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About the Author

Rosenya Faith has been working with children since the age of 16 as a swimming instructor and dance instructor. For more than 14 years she has worked as a recreation and skill development leader, an early childhood educator and a teaching assistant, working in elementary schools and with special needs children between 4 and 11 years of age.