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How make the perfect Easter bonnet

Beautiful bonnets are a must at every Easter parade. Decorate your with what you've got on hand - streamers paints ribbons flowers - and use your imagination.

By The Australian Women's Weekly staff
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Beautiful bonnets are a must at every Easter parade. Decorate yours with what you've got on hand — streamers, paints, ribbons, flowers — and use your imagination.

Materials for both bonnets

Tracing paper

Pencil

Cardboard

Scissors

Acrylic paint and spray paint

Paintbrushes

Stencils (optional)

Coloured paper

Stencil brush (optional)

Paper doilies

Small paper patty cake cases

Artificial flowers

Glue gun and glue sticks

Stapler

Streamers

Ribbon

Instructions for making hats

Print a bonnet and hat outline at the desired size, or alternatively, print out and enlarge on a photocopier to desired size. Trace the pattern pieces onto coloured cardboard and cut out.

Paint the hat and bonnet with washes of acrylic paints or spray and spatter them lightly with spray paints. Use a number of different coloured paints to create great effects.

Decorate or spray a number of paper doilies and patty cake cases in the colours of your choice. Work stencils on separate strips and pieces of coloured paper, using the paint colours you desire. You can use the colours in our photographs as a guide, or create your own colour scheme.
Remove artificial flowers from their stems or cut off the stems just below the petals.

Glue a number of doilies around the inside of the outer edge of the bonnet, then cut around them to create a scalloped effect. Glue a stencilled strip across the centre right side of the bonnet. Bring the straight edges of the bonnet together (this forms the back of the bonnet), checking the fit on your child and adjust, if necessary, to make the hat smaller or larger. Glue or staple these edges together (where they meet at the base) to secure. Glue a painted doily over the opening at the back to conceal it completely.

Fold and fan other doilies and attach where desired. Attach patty cake cases and stencilled pieces of paper; flowers can be glued in the centre of the cake cases or doily fans. Staple matching lengths of ribbon to each inner side of the bonnet, to form ties.

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