How to Make Easter Parade Hats

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How to Make Easter Parade Hats
A simple bonnet with a bow is just right for an Easter parade (Easter bonnet image by leafy from Fotolia.com)

As springtime bursts alive with budding flowers and trees, the Christian holiday of Easter arrives with traditions dating to the early years of the Common Era. Churches of every affiliation observe Easter according to their beliefs. Among the traditions are midnight prayers chanted while walking around the church, the flowering-of-the-cross and wearing colourful new clothes crowned with a festive, flower-and-ribbon-bedecked hat. The New York City Easter parades of the 1870s gave composer Irving Berlin the idea for his famous song, "Easter Parade."

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Child's-sized natural straw hat
  • Grosgrain ribbon in desired colours
  • Silk flowers in desired colours
  • Paper plates
  • Craft bunnies, chicks, lambs
  • Hot glue
  • Child-safe glue
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Pastel water-based paints
  • Craft paint brushes

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place an undecorated, brimmed natural straw hat on the child and position it as desired. The hat may be tipped to one side or tilted off the face or placed squarely on top.

  2. 2

    Wrap grosgrain ribbon in a colour to coordinate with the child's Easter clothing around the base of the crown. Crisscross a section of ribbon at the centre of the back leaving streamers of your preferred length. Cut a section of ribbon and tie a bow, attaching it where the streaming ribbons meet the crown. The hat size will determine length of the ribbon and bow size.

  3. 3

    Remove the hat and attach colourful and coordinating silk flowers to the ribbon with hot glue. The flowers may be scattered along the length of the ribbon or clustered on a side.

  1. 1

    Place dinner-sized paper plate upside down on newspaper and paint it a pastel colour using water-based paint. Allow it to dry thoroughly .

  2. 2

    Secure small silk flowers around the outer edge of the paper plate hat with child-safe glue. Intersperse small paper or craft chicks, bunnies or lambs with the flowers.

  3. 3

    Place the paper-plate hat on the child's head and position it as desired. With a pencil, mark two points, one on each side above the ears. Remove the hat then have an adult cut slashes at the marks big enough for the ribbon. Thread colourful ribbon through the slashes, across the top of the bonnet and to the chin, leaving enough ribbon to tie into a bow under the chin. Add a touch of glue in the centre of the top to hold the ribbon in place.

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