Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Easy DIY Easter Bonnet

Want an easy DIY Easter Bonnet to make for your little girl. I put this little Easter Bonnet together for my little girl and I thought I'd share it with you.

I chose to make mine with felt but the original idea was to make it with cardboard. So if you are after a no sew project use cardboard or if you are familiar with a sewing machine use felt.

What you will need:

  • Easter Bonnet Template
  • A3 Cardboard or Felt
  • Easter Craft Supplies
  • Glue
  • Ribbon or Bias Binding

Download the Easter Bonnet Template and print and cut out. Make sure you print actual size with no scaling and measure the test square to make sure it is 1 inch.

Place template on fold of felt. If you are using cardboard I'd print 2 templates and tape them together then trace around and cut instead of folding the cardboard so you don't have a crease line in the cardboard. I opted to use 2 felt squares as I had it on hand at home instead of cutting a piece of felt on the fold on the fold. You will just need to sew up the top and back edge if you do this. I'd also suggest going with the bias tape around the entire front rim otherwise you will have a dip in the middle of the rim. The bias tape gets rid of this.

Sew or stick the back edge of the bonnet together (as shown) with sticky tape. Then add ribbon or bias tape as indicated on the pattern. I chose to run my bias tape along the front rim of the bonnet all the way around with around 30-40cm extra on each side to create the ties. I also snuck in some pom pom trim under the bias before I stitched it down. Get creative and see what you could do. Ric Rac could also look cute on it.

Get out your easter craft supplies and glue to your hearts content. Get the kids to help, they'll love it. I used the trusted old hot glue gun. You can pick one up for about $20 at most craft stores like Spotlight, Lincraft or Riot. The easter goodies I used were glitter eggs that I cut the sticks off, yarn pom poms, bias binding and pom pom trim. All these you can pick up from the discount stores for a few dollars. The trims I actually picked up from Riot for less than $1. Bargain.

And that's it you're done. Give to your little girl to wear with pride at her Easter Hat parade.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Handmade Decorations

If you love a good party like I do then you will know how excited I got when a friend asked me to make her son's baptism cake. I don't love the whole baking part so much as I find it so stressful, (I'd never make a good baker. Lol). But I love decorating. So instead of just doing the cake I asked if I could do a dessert buffet complete with handmade decorations.

The party decorations were made from paint swatches that you can grab from a paint or hardware store, pom pom trim and fabric. The kids frame art, name bunting, and circle bunting were all made from the paint swatches. I did a tutorial for Shop Contemporary Handmade on Friday on how I created the Paint Swatch Kids Art.

The cake was a blue ombre layered cake with a handmade banner on top and I used fabric and pom pom trim to decorate the milk bottles and cookie jar. The cake was my starting point and the inspiration behind the whole dessert table and decorations. Paint swatch decorations are quick, simple and super easy.

It was only a small family occasion so I didn't want to go over the top with treats so I opted to do a 4ft dessert table with just a few tasty treats. I made the cupcakes and caramel tarts and bought the rest from the bakery section at Coles.  Everyone loves a good dessert buffet. Hmmmmm.