Need an Easter hat for your child? Follow this tutorial to create a show-stopping homemade Easter bonnet made from a paper plate & bowl!
Easter was almost here and my daughter wanted a new bonnet to wear for the occasion. I brushed off her request and sent her to find one of the many Easter hats and bonnets purchased from years past.
After awhile she marched back into the room.
Apparently her brothers thought the bonnets made great frisbees and the dress-up bin the ultimate target.
All her cute, little bonnets were smashed up with the ninja costumes, princess gowns, and a single boot that had been missing all winter.
I was empathetic to her plight as the only girl amongst four brothers – but I refused to buy yet another hat to result in the same fate.
So, I got creative! We like fun, easy craft projects, so I decided we would make her an Easter bonnet…from a paper plate and paper bowl!
Easter Bonnet Book Inspiration:
Want to incorporate some fun Easter bonnet/hat themed books? I love coupling crafts and corresponding books! We read two super cute Easter bonnet themed books:
Both books are about a special surprise found in Easter hats! (Read my review of Miz Fannie Mae’s Fine New Easter Hat over on my “Brown Like Me” Book Review blog!)
Ready to begin? Follow the step-by-step directions below to create your own adorable Easter bonnet!
Supplies Needed for the Homemade Easter Bonnet:
If you’re a crafty person, most of the supplies you’ll need for this super cute DIY Easter hat can be found around the house.
If not, you can find all the supplies at the Dollar Tree. Or click on each item to purchase online.
How to Make the Easter Bonnet:
This hat is incredibly easy to make. Just follow these simple directions:
- First, turn the plate and bowl upside down. Put the bowl on the plate and trace the circle. (Notice the traced circled in the photo below.)
- Then cut about an inch or so inside the traced circle…so your hat is wearable!
- Next, glue the bowl to the plate. You could use regular ol’ Elmers, but if you’re in a hurry, use a glue gun (LOVE the color & the stand-up base) and glue sticks.
- Paint the plate and bowl. We used a glossy, yellow acrylic paint so we could get away with just one coat.
- Lastly, embellish. Once the hat is dry, it’s time to decorate it. Use glue to secure the ribbon and adhere the flowers. Again, a glue gun works great here.
And that’s it! Is this not the cutest, most creative, homemade Easter bonnet ever? My daughter and I LOVE how it turned out!
UPDATE: I’m pleased to report our homemade paper plate Easter bonnet has not suffered the same fate as all the other hats. After 10+ years and a few (maybe more) frisbee tosses into the dress-up bin, it’s still in pristine condition!
Check out my princess in the photo below sporting her new hat – just in time for Easter!
We got the idea for this project from Crafts For Easter.
Looking for MORE Easter Activities?
On the hunt for more Easter-themed ideas, crafts, and activities? Check these out:
- The Jelly Bean Prayer (FREE printable cards)
- Resurrection Cookies (FREE printable instructions)
- Easter Bunny Magnet Craft
This post was originally published on March 23, 2010.