“You have to help me make an Easter Bonnet for my Parade, Aunt Carol”. Yes, those are the words that will send a smile across the face of the most seasoned professional craft designer. Here’s a chance to craft with my six-year-old niece. A thousand ideas float through my head as I ask her what she would like to create.
“I want bunnies. Lots of bunnies.” Knowing that my idea of “lots of bunnies” can be far different than a six-year-old child, I asked her to draw her design on a piece of paper.
“I don’t know how to draw bunnies, just dogs.” Suppressing laughter, I told her just to put long ears on the dogs. Her drawing was so tiny that it could fit onto a quarter. Circling the little hat was a ring of dogs with long ears.
Lucky for me, finding a hat was the least of my shopping dilemmas. The cute hat I found cost less than five dollars at a local discount store. From this hat a masterpiece would be built.
Bunnies. How would I attach all those bunnies? Sure I could use glue, but I know my niece would be heartbroken if all those bunnies could not be removed from the hat. That is when I decided to go with Styrofoam. Standing in the aisle of a local craft store, I noticed a Styrofoam ring. With luck, it would fit around the top of the hat.
It did not. So, I started shaving away layers of the Styrofoam from the inside of the ring. If you do this, you must do it slowing and do not use a lot of pressure. The Styrofoam can break.
I ended cutting the ring in half so it would fit flat against the hat.
Tomorrow: The Making of An Easter Parade Bonnet - Prepping The Hat