This video shows a step-by-step method for making an Easter Bonnet Hat from ModRoc plaster bandage with your child. This is a fun activity to do with your child. ModRoc is quicker to use than paper mache as you only need to use one layer instead of three. This means that there is a shorter drying-time for the ModRoc compared to the paper mache which needs 24 hours. ModRoc will dry overnight for you. We have the kits to buy containing all the materials you need to make this.
How To Videos
This is for those of you who have purchased any of the Feather Easter Hat Kits (e.g. Red Angry Bird, White Cockerel, Yellow Chick). If you have purchased a Paper Mache Kit please scroll down to the next video. This kit is available for purchase from our website.
This kit is available for purchase from our website.
This instructional video on Paper Mache hats has now been replaced by the ModRoc instructional video above as we now use ModRoc instead of Paper Mache (see the video above for ModRoc instructions). It is for those who have purchased any of the Paper Mache Easter Kits (e.g. Easter Lamb, Easter Chick, Flappy Bird).
(you can buy an Easter Bonnet Kit with all the bits)
Step 1: Choose the shape of your ‘bonnet’
- A straw bonnet
- A straw boater
- A top hat
- A fez hat
- A cone or crown shaped hat (used for princess, witch, wizard style)
- A baseball cape
- A cowboy hat
I’ve also seen paper mache hats, paper plate hats and everyday hats used
Step 2: Choose a theme for your bonnet:
- A tv, film, nursery rhyme or book character
- A Spring theme such as chick, bunny, lamb, flowers, butterfly,
- An Easter egg theme (egg hunt, chocolate egg, boiled egg etc)
Think about the ‘setting’ for your theme as well. For example, field, farm, garden, Easter basket or a house make good ones themes.
Step 3: Choose decorations that will fit your theme
Some decorations you can use include: chicks, feathers, ribbons, paper shred, polystyrene eggs, pom-poms, cotton wool, stickers, foam shapes, aluminium foil, lolly sticks, tissue/crepe paper flowers, silk flowers, crochet figures,
You could even add some of your own personal things such as playmobil figures, lego, small soft toys, Happy Meal toys if they are not too heavy.
Step 4: Find everything you are going to need to help decorate your bonnet:
Scissors, tape, glue, double-sided sticky tape, foam pads etc.
Step 5: Decorate your bonnet
Start with your ‘setting’ first and then add the decorations.
- Make sure your ‘bonnet’ is comfortable to wear and your decorations stay on!
- Allow plenty of time for your creation to dry.
- Try and let your child do as much as possible as that’s what the judges want to see!
- Smile and wear it with pride.
- Recycle your decorations – use your hat for a table display!
My kits are a great solution if you are looking for a fun, hands-on craft project to do with your child. Choose from three prize winning designs: a lamb, a chick and a bunny. The kits contain detailed instructions and all the materials you need to create a paper mache style bonnet/hat perfect for girls and boys. Look out for an Easter basket design which is new for this year!
You can buy your Easter Bonnet Kit with all the bits prepackaged!
(you can buy your Easter Bonnet Kit with everything you will need right here)
- STEP 1: Use a purchased hat - straw or fabric - for an Easter bonnet.
- STEP 2: Attach a length of wide silk ribbon or lace to the hat just above the brim.
- STEP 3: Add a bow to the ribbon at the back of the hat. Use a hot glue gun to keep the lace or ribbon in place.
- STEP 4: Decorate bonnet with various decorations - feathers, ribbon or lace, or add silk flowers as well.
- STEP 5: Attach the flowers etc. with a hot glue gun or floral wire.
- STEP 6: Look for very small stuffed chicks or rabbits to attach to the bonnet or make your own using pompoms.
- STEP 7: Affix the stuffed animal to the bonnet with floral wire (the floral wire works best with straw bonnets) or sew them on with needle and thread.
- STEP 8: Arrange small clusters of silk flowers around the figures with a hot glue gun or more floral wire.
- STEP 9: Hide any floral wire by gluing ribbon or small flowers over it.
NOTE: GLUE GUNS AND FLORAL WIRE SHOULD BE USED BY ADULTS
How to make your own flowers:
Cut out flowers and leaves. Printed side will be the back of the flowers and leaves. Bend pieces up slightly on the dotted lines. This will add depth to the flowers. Assemble flowers by layering pieces. Use a small dot of glue in the centre of each piece to secure. Punch out small circles with a standard whole punch for flower centres. Glue the flowers around the hat. Glue on leaves, tucking them under flower petals.
You can use coloured card or foam sheets.
You could also use green pipe cleaners for stems.
HAVE FUN DECORATING YOUR BONNET!