Easter bonnets have been a tradition for well over a century. In the late eighteen hundreds, churchgoers would parade down New York streets carrying flowers on Easter Sunday. As the parade became a larger event, people wore more elaborate clothing, especially hats. Irving Berlin celebrated the event with his popular "Easter Parade" song. It's not just girls who can celebrate the holiday in style, boys can join in the festivities with a hat perfect for any Easter parade.
Buy a paper bowl, which can be found in the paper goods aisle of any supermarket. Put it upside down on the boy's head to create the crown of a hat. If it is too big to fit properly, take the bowl and cut it into four equal pieces. Put the four pieces back on the boy's head, and slide them together so the pieces overlap. Once the pieces are positioned so the hat fits properly, use tape to temporarily hold them in position. Take off the bowl, and hot glue the pieces together.
Place the bowl upside down on a paper plate. Trace around it. Remove the bowl, and use a protactor to make a second circle, 2.5 cm (1 inch) smaller in diameter than the first circle. Cut out the second circle. Discard the cut-out centre of the plate, but keep the rim. Use a hot glue gun to glue the upside down bowl to the plate rim, so it forms the brim of the hat.
Use poster paint to paint the hat the desired colour. Pastel colours like sky blue, light green, or bright yellow would all be appropriate for the Easter theme. Allow to dry overnight.
Draw two 33 cm (13 inch) long rabbit ears on white poster board. Put two pieces of poster board together, and cut through both pieces at the same time. This will create four ears. Glue together two of the ears to make a sturdier addition to the hat. Glue together the other pair. Paint them both white. Allow to dry.
Draw an 20 cm (8 inch) long version of the rabbit ears on poster board. Cut them out. Paint these pink so they can serve as the inner ears. Glue them into the white ears.
Cut slits on either side of the hat exactly the same width as the foot-long ears. Slide a 1 inch of the ears through the slit, and bend back. Hot glue in place. Glue cotton balls to the back of the hat, and set off for your own Easter parade.
Things you need
- Paper bowl
- Paper plate
- Hot glue
- Cotton balls