Easter Bonnets – Day 5

We’re nearing the end of our Easter Bonnet Week here on the Netmum’s Blog, but we just have time to squeeze in just a couple more before we go! Today we have Liz from Me and My Shadow who has created this wonderful Birds Nest Bonnet just for us!

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It’s a daily joke in our house that my daughter’s hair looks like a bird’s nest every morning. I honestly don’t know what she does at night.

So when face with the challenge of making an Easter bonnet, I decided we’d go all Philip Treacy and actually put a bird’s nest on her head.

You will need:

  • A ready made straw bonnet – you can get these in Pound stores, supermarkets and craft shops at this time of year
  • Lightweight plastic/cardboard/polystyrene eggs – again from Pound stores or craft shops
  • Wool
  • PVA Glue
  • Decorative extras as required – we used ribbon & some artificial flowers and leaves

First you’ll need to make your ‘nest’.  Cut strips of wool 3 or 4 inches long.  You can use any type of wool or even string or garden twine for a more rustic look.  We made one in brown wool and one in pink, angora type wool which gave a totally different effect because of the fluffy fibres.

Soak your lengths of wool for a minute or two in a bowl of PVA glue, then squeeze out the excess and layer over an upturned bowl (cover bowl in clingfilm first to make removal easier).  Layer in a cross-cross fashion to ensure a firm structure and leave in a warm place to dry thoroughly (overnight-24 hours).  This is pretty much the same method I used to make doily bowls previously.

 

Once fully dry, carefully remove from the bowl and trim ends to neaten.

Next decorate your eggs.  There are a million different ways to decorate Easter eggs – dyed; painted; fabric covered; decoupaged… We chose to make glittered eggs as Ruby wanted a pink and purple hat.  Coat in glue and sprinkle with glitter.

Then I fixed the eggs in the nest with a glue gun and then glued it to the hat.  Finally add more decoration as you wish – we added a purple ribbon and some artificial flowers.

As you can see, it’s great for posing!

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If today’s blog has inspired you to start thinking about Easter – find more craft ideas, activities, recipes and much more over on Netmums.  There are loads of other ideas for making Easter bonnets here and find Easter craft ideas on this page.  Been inspired? We’d love to see your Easter bonnet or Easter craft photos, please email them to Nicolal@netmums.com and we’ll pick our favourites to appear on the Netmums Easter pages

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One Response to Easter Bonnets – Day 5

  1. Such a gorgeous hat! Love how you made the bird’s nests x

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