S has been asked to make an Easter bonnet for a school parade this week. Whilst thinking about what he could make he was playing with a plaited wool tail we had made a month or so ago when he wanted to be a horse! He wrapped the tail around the top of his head and it gave us the idea that we could make something similar as the base of his bonnet.
We used three colours of green wool and measured equal lengths by wrapping it between a door handle and a chair.
Once we had secured the wool at the top by wrapping a piece round and fixing it with a knot. We taped it to the floor to stop it moving too much whilst S plaited it, “that one over the middle and that becomes the middle, now that one over and that becomes the middle” he repeated as he folded each strand over.
We tied the two ends together to make our bonnet/nest base.
Next we made some chicks to go on our nest using a winding method on our pom pom maker. You could easily use the old cardboard ring method, winding the wool round and round but these newer devices make pom pom making quick and simple for both boys.
We adorned our fluffy chicks with felt features, fixed with glue. I supported S to fix them to the nest base using a bodkin and more wool.
“We need eggs!” exclaimed S. For the eggs we sculpted gluey wool around a balloon.
Once dry we popped and removed the balloon to leave a woollen egg structure.
We attached these to the nest base alongside the chicks and viola – all done – a beautiful Easter bonnet made using plaiting, winding and sculpting techniques.
What Easter Bonnet creations have you made?