Today's post comes from Rowan Kerek, my very talented little sister. Thank you Row. xx
My daughter's nursery asked parents if they'd make Easter bonnets this week. The promise of unspecified prizes and the opportunity to do some sticking spurred me on. It's more of a crown, but we had fun making it and not too much glue was eaten in the process.
We started by cutting two strips of card out, which my daughter decorated a bit. I cut out quite a few blades of 'grass' from some scraps of green card.
I glued the strips of card together so that it was long enough to go around the bub's head. I cut the end that I glued, so that I could attach it to either side of the other piece, just to make it stronger. Then I glued the 'grass' onto the strip, and glued another two strips over the top of the grass to make sure they're not ripped off during the inevitable nursery Easter frenzy.
To create a fastening, I measured around my daughter's head and then cut half way down the top of one end, then half way down the top of the other - so that they slot together. I coloured the slits green in case the nursery girls don't spot that's how it's meant to be done up.
Then I got out our 'sticking box' and my scrap paper collection (its pretty paper, not just scrap!), and glued on some 'flowers'. In an attempt to make it clearer that these are flowers I used a marker pen to make spots in the middle of the flowers. I added a couple of feathers for good luck. They were possibly a step too far.
It's a bit more Lord of the Flies than Lord of the Dance, but I'd rather that than a prissy bonnet any day. I also know from experience that my daughter doesn't really care how our homemade things look, she just cares if they're fun for her. I know this from the fact that a crappy cardboard 'bed' box that I glued a sheet into, made a tiny pillow for and cut out a blanket for, remains one of her favourite toys many months after that box should have been chucked.
Happy Easter! Happy sticking!
Rowan is a mother of one, living in Bristol who now loves receiving over- sized cardboard boxes. On her days off from parenting she is the Social Media Lead for BBC Television. You can find her at tumbir, twitter and pinterest.