Last year I had a year off the boys’ Easter hat creation brainstorming headache, as their school didn’t ask the boys to bring any in for a parade – they dressed up for world book day instead. This year, Easter being a week later, they decided to revert to an Easter bonnet parade with their annual balloon race.
Luckily, it was only the infant school taking part in the Easter bonnet parade this year, so I only had one hat to make! GG very kindly bought a straw boater for the base of the Easter hat, and I found a job lot of chicks in Partners’ stationery shop in Cardiff. Mum saved some eggshells for us, and then we proceeded to put it all together. Shredded pastel coloured paper, chicks, eggshells, a straw hat, lots of glue and a needle and thread produced…this!
From GG, the boys have inherited big heads, so the hat sort of balanced on top of Cheeky’s head rather than coming down a little further as I would have liked!
You can see here the chicks in the eggshells – we made an actual puddle of glue in the bottom of each shell to make sure that the chicks would remain secure – and you might just about be able to make out where I’ve quickly run some thread around the shredded paper to stop it blowing away in the breeze!
Cheeky was happy with his hat. Another good idea I saw for a boy’s Easter hat was worn by a smaller child. He had an old baseball hat covered with yellow crepe paper or felt, and the peaked front was covered with orange fabric. Eyes stuck on to the front of the hat and yellow fluffy feathers sticking up at the back created a fabulous duck hat for the Easter parade. Other boys had top hat style hats or crowns or straw hats with suitable easter pictures or objects stuck on artistically!