With our Easter bonnet competition in full swing, we thought we’d offer you a little bit of inspiration to get you started. If you are stuck for ideas and need a bit of a helping hand, then take a look at our creations below handmade by some of our lovely staff members.
With four funky bonnets to choose from, using materials found at The Works, you’ll soon be on your way to a winning design!
It’s easy, fun and simple to do. So what are you waiting for, get making today!
Design 1 – Spring in Bloom
What you will need: Scissors, PVA glue, Easter bonnet, tissue paper, felt basket, green felt, Easter bunnies, Easter ribbon, flower heads and pipe cleaners.
Preparation time: 20-30 minutes
Step 1: Cut the handle and base off the felt basket and then cut in half. Stick to the bonnet with PVA glue.
Top tip – Instead of glue, use a stapler to secure the basket on to the bonnet.
Step 2: Draw or use a stencil to create a four leafed design on to felt and then cut out. Leave a hole in the centre to poke your flowers through. Repeat process as many times as you like.
Step 3: Roll up different coloured tissue paper to make a rose effect with numerous layers. Repeat as many times as you like.
Step 4: Push the rose designed tissue paper through the centre of the leaf, making sure to leave excess paper at the end so that you can attach the pipe cleaner.
Step 5: Twist the end of the pipe cleaner around the end of the tissue paper to secure in place. Repeat this process for each flower.
Step 6: Thread the pipe cleaner through the top of the hat and secure underneath by twisting the end.
Step 7: Grab a felt sheet and cut into sections. Create slits at the bottom with scissors to create a fanned effect. Glue to the rim of the bonnet for a grass like effect and leave to dry.
Step 8: Attach the self-adhesive glitter ribbon to the edge of the bonnet.
Step 9: Glue the Easter bunnies and flower heads around the hat in whichever position you like. And you’re done!
Design 2 – Lilly the Chick
What you will need: Scissors, PVA glue, Easter bonnet, crinkled paper, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, felt, googly eyes, ribbon and a small ball.
Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
Step 1: Pour PVA glue all over the bonnet and attach yellow crinkled paper to cover the base. Wait until dry to continue.
Step 2: To create the chicks head, use any polystyrene ball/tennis ball or you can even roll up tissue. Cover in tissue paper and secure.
Step 3: Feed a pipe cleaner through the top of the hat to secure the chicks head in place. Cover in glue and attach the same crinkled paper to the head.
Step 5: Thread the feet through the front of the hat and twist and cut the ends to secure in place.
Step 6: Use orange pipe cleaners to create a beak and attach around her head. Draw a wing shape on yellow felt and cut round. Hole punch the wing and thread the pipe cleaner through and attach to the beak. Repeat process.
Step 7: Glue googly eyes on to the chicks head to finish off.
Design 3 – The Showstopper
What you will need: Scissors, PVA glue, Easter bonnet, crinkled paper, pipe cleaners, Easter chicks, string, mini glitter eggs, feathers and a plastic needle.
Preparation time: 20-30 minutes
Step 1: Attach feathers/chicks to the top of a pipe cleaner by twisting. This will secure the chicks/feathers in place. This can be fiddly but keep on until you have finished.
Step 2: Pour glue on to the base of the bonnet and add pink crinkled paper. Wait to dry before the next step as this can take a bit of time.
Step 3: Thread the pipe cleaners through the top of the hat and twist the ends to secure in place.
Step 4: Make a hole through the centre of the mini eggs with a plastic needle and then thread through the string. Knot the ends of the string to ensure the eggs stay in place. Repeat as many times as you like
Step 5: Staple the string with hanging eggs to the edge of the bonnet for the final finishing touch.
Design 4 – Monster Hat
What you will need: Scissors, PVA glue, Easter hat, felt, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, pom-poms and tissue paper.
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
Step 1: Attach tissue paper around the brim of the hat using either glue or tape.
Step 2: Cut a large circle out of felt. Cut two holes in the top on opposite sides and thread the pipe cleaners through, making sure to twist at the end to secure in place. Glue the felt circle to the top of the hat.
Step 3: Add pom-poms to the end of the pipe cleaners by bending
Step 4: Stick the googly eyes in place.
Step 5: Form an ‘M’ shape with the pipe cleaner and stick down as the eyebrow
Step 6: Create two triangle shapes with pipe cleaners and then cover with felt to form the beak. Thread through the base of the hat to secure in place.
And to see some entries from 2015, click here.