If you’re looking for an unusual Easter bonnet idea, we love this hatching chick, created using tissue paper stuck over the crown of the hat to make the chick, popping out of a paper-plate egg.
Huge (Easter) hat tip to our parent tester and photographer Charlie Fletcher, from our Facebook community for testing this Easter Bonnet craft with her daughter, and demonstrating how easy it is to make with her lovely step by step photos…
Hatching chick Easter bonnet: how to make it, step by step
You Will Need
- Yellow tissue paper
- Yellow hat (1)
- PVA glue
- Sticky tape
- Paper plates (2)
- Yellow and orange felt or card
- Googly eyes (2)
- Straw or shredded brown paper
- Pom poms (optional)
- Decorative flowers (optional)
Cut the tissue paper into strips.
Cover the top of the hat in PVA glue, then stick the strips of tissue paper over it until the top is covered in tissue paper.
Place 2 paper plates together, so that the sides you’d put food on are facing each other. Secure the plates together with sticky tape – but just over the top halves of the plates (so you can still open them up at the bottom).
Then cut one of the plates in half horizontally with a zig zag edge. Put the section you cut off to one side. Spread glue on the back of the top of the hat and then open the 2 plates wide enough to place them over the hat top and stick them in place. Trim down the section you cut off earlier, still with a zig-zag edge, and glue it around the base of the hat top.
From the yellow felt or card, cut out 2 wings and glue them either side of the hat top.
From the orange felt or card, cut out a beak shape and glue that onto the front of the hat top. Next, glue the googly eyes above the beak.
Spread glue around the base of the hat top/chick and stick down straw or shredded paper to make the nest. You could also add flowers and pom poms, as shown in our picture. The flowers used here are on a thin wire and have been threaded through the hat. You can also buy craft sunflowers which, like the pompoms here, can just be stuck down with PVA glue. Leave overnight to allow the glue to dry fully before wearing.
Once dry, your hatching Easter bonnet is ready! Pop it on the head of a willing bonnet-wearer and bring on the impressed stares.
Where to buy everything you need for this hatching chick Easter bonnet
- The Works yellow Easter bonnet, £1
- Hobbycraft yellow tissue paper, £1.30 for 6 sheets
- Paper plates, £4.49 for 30
- House of Card & Paper A6 card in assorted colours (including yellow and orange), £4.99 for 300 sheets
- Natural shredded paper ‘straw’, £4.25 for 100g
- Hobbycraft yellow pompoms, £1 for a pack of 25
- Googly eyes, £1 for a pack of 40 (assorted sizes)
- Craft sunflowers, £6.92 for a pack of 15
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