Easter bonnets are the perfect way to add some fun and a little fancy into a girl’s Easter Day celebration. If you can’t be go all out for Easter, when can you?
Honestly, I’ve always been a little concerned in the past about distracting from the focus of important religious holidays by celebrating in fun, but essentially unrelated, ways. Since having kids, though, I’ve come to realize that it’s important to let them be joyful, silly, excited little children.
If Easter really is the pinnacle holiday of our Christian faith, shouldn’t it be a high point for my children, too? Why would I want to make Halloween or Valentine’s Day more exciting than Easter? The high points of the Christian year are especially the times that I want to create fun ways for my children to celebrate. I want them to look forward to important holidays and have special traditions that they associate with them.
For example, we do activities for Lent to build up the excitement for Easter. We do Easter baskets with little goodies and candy. We do Easter Egg hunts.
But Easter bonnets are a great way to make Easter morning church special and emphasize that we are celebrating the most important event in the history of the world. Easter is the perfect occasion to be festive and fancy—the resurrection is the reason for all Christian hope and joy!
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Fancy is Fun
For any of you who don’t know me, I am not fancy. I think I’ve worn lipstick less than a dozen times in my entire life, I almost never have my nails painted, I wear glasses…you get the picture. I like pretty things, I like stylish clothes, but frilly and fancy definitely don’t describe me at this stage in my life.
But I have a three and a one-year-old daughter who want to wear tutus everyday, love to paint their nails, and delight in clicking around in those little plastic dress-up heels. My eldest daughter consistently declares, “I love pink, purple, sparkles, and candy!”
And I can remember childhood and the thrill of playing dress-up. It’s fun to be fancy!
Easter Bonnet Inspiration
So, when we recently came across this book at our local library, my girls were completely enamored with it.
It’s the lyrics to the old Irving Berlin song, Easter Parade, reimagined as a little girl whose Daddy is taking her out on Easter morning. Throughout her walk with him, all the people around her keep adding items to her hat until it’s a resplendent collection of flowers, pinwheels, ribbons, eggs, and a rubber ducky. It’s adorable.
My daughters have been asking me to read it and sing it over and over again.
Which, thankfully, I can because my Nan used to sing it to me when I was little!
(Have any of you ever seen this movie? I used to watch this all the time at my Nan’s house; she loves, loves, LOVES Judy Garland.)
Well, anyway, she’d watch this with me and sing this song. It always brings back sweet memories for me. (And for those of you who haven’t picked this up yet, I’m nothing if not sentimental.)
So, when I saw how delighted my girls were with the idea of Easter bonnets, I knew this was the perfect special thing for our Easter Day celebration. (Don’t get me wrong—I expect them to wear these all of about 2.5 seconds. But it’s still fun.)
So now, down to brass tacks…
How to Make an Easter Bonnet
The great thing here is you can really go any way you want! It’s a simple project that you can do however you’d like. You can buy a simple and elegant bonnet, or bling it out like this one. You can spend less than $5 or as much as you want.
I found this pink hat at Target for $3 (I later saw some at Dollar Tree for $1, as well as ribbon, eggs, and flowers). The white hat for Pipsqueak was a hand-me-down we’ve had since Peanut was a baby.
I bought one bunch of fake peonies from Joann Fabrics, along with some ribbon. Otherwise, the items I used were laying around my house. So, if you do it similarly, it can be a random assortment of found items from your house!
The first step was to attach a ribbon to the hat using a hot glue gun. (Many hats will already have a ribbon, and that’s fine to use.) I didn’t want it glued down the whole way around, but left it mostly unattached except for securing it where the ribbon joined.
I clipped the bows and flowers to the hatband ribbon, so that’s why I didn’t want it glued down all around. I made all the bows, ribbons, flowers, etc. into clips and barrettes so that I can detach and move them around. I want to be able to use all these beautiful bows and flowers as hair clips throughout the summer (or Easter Day when they inevitably throw this hat in a corner, haha). I didn’t want them to be stuck forever on these hats.
Now, bling it out however you want! I really am not an expert in making bows; I just made them whatever which way. Don’t be intimidated! They’re all smushed together on the hat, anyway. 🙂
I used the type of clips that you see in the photo above just because I had a pack of them around. I glued them to ribbon and flowers and pompoms and whatever else I thought would look fun on these hats. They worked fine, but if I were to do it again, I would probably use alligator clips more like these:
Here are some suggestions for other items that would look fabulous and fancy on an Easter bonnet:
- plastic eggs (I glued mine together and glued ribbon to it, then tied it around the hatband ribbon.)
- package curling ribbon
- rubber ducky
- any other spring or Easter decorations (like glittery eggs, birds, bunnies, etc.)
So, there you have it! I hope to see everyone bedecked in bonnets and full of fancy fun on Easter morning now 🙂