How to make an easter bonnet out of paper

Updated July 20, 2017

The original Easter bonnet was more of a flowered wreath than an actual hat, dating back to before the birth of Christ. It has evolved gradually over the years to become what it is today. Making your own Easter bonnet can be a fun craft activity. It can be created by people of all ages by using some paper and just a few other craft items. It's a relatively simple creation that reaps great rewards.

Using a compass and sharpened pencil, draw a circle measuring 18 inches in diameter on a thick piece of paper and cut it out, taking extra care to cut exactly on the line.

Using the compass and pencil, draw a circle in the centre of the 18-inch cut thick paper measuring approximately 7 inches in diameter, then cut it out using special care to cut directly on the line.

Using a ruler, measure 10 strips of thick paper, 1 inch by 12 inches, and cut them out using the scissors. Fold each of the strips in 1/2 inch on both ends.

One at a time, tuck and glue five of the folded ends of the 1-by-12-inch strips under the inner brim of the round paper board and allow each strip to bend upwards, taking special care not to allow it to actually crease. The other five strips may be woven in and out of the first five in a crisscross pattern.

Glue on lace and tie coloured ribbons around the top of the brim of the hat as desired. Glue silk flowers around the hat to decorate as desired as well. Let dry.


To ensure proper setting, allow glued items to dry well before wearing the hat.


Children under 5 years of age should be supervised by parents when using scissors and glue.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Sharpened pencil
  • Compass
  • Thick paper or poster board
  • Nontoxic glue
  • Ribbon
  • Lace
  • Silk flowers
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper
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Stewart Smith is a technical professional with more than a decade of mainframe programming and an additional decade of technical writing, as well as writing and publishing articles on a variety of technical topics. He has written articles for an employee newsletter for a large corporation he worked for over a period of five years, and has published work on various websites.