Easter bonnet making with a toddler x

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up”

Pablo Picasso

Henry’s favourite thing to do in the whole wide world (other than drinking milk) is to paint.  He loves to paint on paper, paint on the floor, rub his hands and feet in paint and well eat the paint.  Thankfully my Little Monkey has inherited my creative side & has created some pretty amazing artistry in the last few weeks.  

So you can imagine my (our) delight when his nursery (the great one, not the dodgy one) launched an Easter Bonnet Competition.  I’ve never made an Easter Bonnet before so I was beyond excited to get stuck in with Henry and create something rather fantastic.  I know what you’re thinking already, good luck Mummy….

Looks easier than it was x 

The Supplies 

Thankfully after a visit to Hobbycraft last month I had already picked up some bits for an Easter themed blog post, therefore I was delighted that they could be used for something worthwhile and not, hey husband check out the hay in the fireplace…. (seasonally themed fireplace decoration..)

Then weirdly enough during our weekly shop in Tesco they had an incredible selection of bonnet themed arts and crafts, the average price being £1…bargain.  Lets get stuck in….

Making the Bonnet 

Saturday morning, around 8.30am, the house is up the wall and breakfast eaten and long forgotten, Henry and I roll up our sleeves to get stuck in.  My Conundrum, how do I create a masterpiece with an 11 month old?  You don’t…& here’s why….

Mistake No1. giving Henry a sponge ended paint brush to hold whilst I prepared my flat lay – he bit the top off

Mistake No2. giving Henry a polystyrene egg to hold whilst I prepared the paint – he bit a chunk out of it

Mistake No3. not going for a wee before we started 

Henry now with a full tummy of foam we finally get stuck into our painting.  Armed with a paint brush Henry starts to paint his high chair table.  Thankfully realising rubbing his hands in the paint was more fun, some of the paint finally started to transfer onto the egg.  & then dear reader, what the last part of the bonnet making Henry was involved in.  (What, he’s 11 months old). 

Tip No 1… Be prepared.  Make sure baby is not overtired.  Make sure you have been for a wee.  Have all your crafts with you before you start (because you need eyes in the back of your head) and make yourself a brew.  Its slow work watching a baby paint. 

Over to you Mummy…

Leaving the eggs to dry I then started taking the bonnet.  Firstly I intertwine the paper flowers into the bonnet which is super easy.  

Top No 2… Safety first.  The wire sticks out from the inner rim of the hat and if tempted to put the bonnet on your babies head, it would hurt for sure.  Tape the wire down with masking tape. 

Next up I wanted to create a Worzel Gummage style nest on top, however with so much straw it would take an age to dry if I used glue.  Therefore dusting off the old needle and thread, I sewed large chunks into the hat top.  Yes I patted myself on the back for that one.

Once I’d added enough straw I went to check our little eggs and was rather impressed with the paint work.  Rustic is the word I would use.

Top No 3… When painting the poly eggs, if you use a paintbrush, the paint just comes right off.  Use either your hands (Henry technique) or a sponge to add the paint using a dabbing motion.  

Next up I glued the eggs into the straw and then once dried I added some more hay so the eggs looked nestled.  Lastly I need added the little chicks in a row and sat back to admire my work.  Pretty darn good if I say so myself (cue dancing emojis)…x 

Ta da x 

The Links

Straw Bonnet – Tesco Stores
Polystyrene Eggs

Yellow Paper Straw
Wired Paper Flower Heads
Pastel Easter Chicks
Crayola Washable Kids Paint 

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