“Make one!” She said.
“Anything you say, boss!” Quoth I.
And then I put it out of my mind for a while until the week before my Easter Bonnet was due. I had a great idea. I’d researched it carefully. I’d bought the extra supplies I needed. I just knew it would work. Only it didn’t.
So this is Plan B. And I’ll tell you now that I like it way more than Plan A.
This is how to make an Easter Bonnet from a Paper Plate, Inspired by Philip Treacy. You will need:
A paper plate- any colour you like.
A craft knife
A straw (and I highly recommend a wooden skewer too.) I used a bendy one.
Lots of stickers (I also used butterfly shapes which I cut from some of The Girls’ old art-work using a wonderful butterfly cutter that I have.)
- Take your paper plate and sketch a rough spiral on the central part of it. Using your craft knife, cut it out.
You will need to bear in mind:
a) that the edge of the plate will form the brim of your hat, so don’t draw too close to the brim or your hat will not support itself.
b) That you will need to leave a section of the outer edge of your spiral uncut.
The spiral sticks up from the centre of the ‘hat’ but still needs to be attached to it, just like paper chains need to stay connected to each other. I left a length about the size of my first finger.
c) When you reach the centre of the spiral you will need to make a shape small enough to insert into your straw.
2) Take your straw and insert one end into the small cut you made in the centre of your spiral. Push the skewer into the straw, trimming off the excess. Again you will need to bear in mind that you are securing the end of the straw to the brim of the paper hat so it will need to be shorter that the length of the straw.
3) Secure the bendy length (if you are using a regular straw, this equates to the width of your hat brim) of the straw to the underside of the brim of the hat using sellotape. I’d use quite a few layers for security.
4) As it wibbled quite a bit, I also decided to secure the spiral against the straw in two places using Blu-Tack Sticky Dots. It moved around a lot less when worn after this.
5) You should now have a 3D spiral/cone hat: go mad with stickers and bits and pieces to decorate it from top to bottom.
Parade your flutter of butterflies to the entire World with absolute joy!