The Easter bonnet parade is one of the cutest events during the school year, but it does tend to cause mass panic amongst school parents. These quick and easy Easter bonnet ideas for boys and girls will ensure your child has a fun Easter hat for the parade, with loads of easy to make or buy Easter bonnets for boys and girls.
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Easy Easter Bonnet Ideas
The Easter bonnet parade at school is often something that elicits one of two extremes for parents – they either despise the thought of coming up with another hat. Or they love the chance to get creative!
I’m more on the latter side, but I also like the idea of easy Easter bonnet ideas that may even last long enough to recycle next year.
Some kids might like to make their own Easter bonnet and in fact, many some schools do this as part of their annual Easter crafts at school.
But if you’re the one making it, these easy Easter hat parade ideas for boys and girls (and adults too) will help you get inspired and create an Easter parade hat masterpiece ready to show off at school.
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Make sure you’ve got all your Easter hat making supplies ready – sun hats or top hats are always a great base if you aren’t too sure where to begin!
Easter Bonnet Ideas For Boys
These Easter hat ideas for boys aren’t just for boys! From superheroes to bold colours and gravity-defying creations!
Create homemade Easter bonnets they will proudly wear to the parade, with touches of their favourite ‘boy’ inspired themes and toys.
Although these ideas may be just as exciting for little girls too, who want something outside the box!
This gravity-defying Easter bonnet deserves to be top of the list because it is seriously cool and possibly one of my favourites overall. Get the tutorial.
This epic Avengers Easter hat for boys (or girls… we are Marvel obsessed in our house), is not too complicated, so long as you have a sturdy hat to use beneath it. The tower is drawn onto cardboard, and the eggs have been painted to look like mini Avengers superheroes. So much fun! This one was found on Pinterest so there is no tutorial.
This cute Paw Patrol Easter hat has a few cute toys added to give make Paw Patrol fans excited to wear their themed bonnet proudly for the parade!
A simple decorated top hat with Easter eggs, chickens and other decorations is often a safe choice (for boys and girls). Choose their favourite colours to make it their own. Just make sure you use strong enough glue to keep everything in place. A hot glue gun will help avoid panic during the parade when things start to fall off!
This cute Spring-inspired DIY Easter bonnet with a nest on top is a fun idea to suit any age or interest, as you can easily decorate what you add to your nest, adding your own theme or sticking with more traditional Easter decorations such as eggs and chickens.
This seriously cool Batman Easter hat is via Pinterest, so there’s no tutorial but it looks relatively easy to recreate with cotton wool balls creating the fluffy texture inside the ears.
Take a love of space up to the next level with this solar system inspired Easter bonnet idea. Get the tutorial.
Star Wars fans will love this cool Easter hat idea with decorated Star Wars character plastic eggs and simple decorations using glitter alphabet stickers and stars. You could use a cutting machine if you have one too. Found on Pinterest.
Who doesn’t love Minions? I know we sure do and this Minion Easter bonnet is so much fun with giant googly eyes. Get the tutorial.
Spiderman fans will adore this Spiderman Easter hat. This Pinterest idea appears to be using a plain straw hat with a cardboard top hat and cardboard decorations cut out, finished off with some spider web decorated eggs and fluffy chick embellishments.
This Minecraft Easter bonnet is sure to impress kids who love the Minecraft game, complete with a cute fluffy chicken on top!
This is another boy-themed Easter bonnet idea with dinosaurs and eggs, with a bit of foliage. Found on Pinterest.
This epic glow in the dark Easter hat was found on Pinterest with no original source however what a fun idea! Turn the edges of your top hat into a race track, adding cars such as these Pixar Cars characters or some little Hot Wheels, with glow in the dark bunny ears, felt bunny ears and baby chicks on top.
This easy sombrero style decorated hat would be so simple to do, with a few decorative carrots hanging from it. It is actually a very fun Mexican-inspired take on the Aussie swag hat!
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Easter Bonnet Ideas For Girls
There is no end to pretty, girly and feminine Easter hats for girls.
These girls Easter bonnet ideas are sure to delight little girls who love to dress up. Ribbons, bows, sparkles and pastels galore. Such a lovely idea and not just limited to little girls either!
This is my favourite of the Easter hats for little girls because it is simply stunning. Your DIY skills will be the talk of the Easter hat parade with this birdnest creation. Get the tutorial.
These floral Easter bunny headbands were our easy Easter bonnet alternative for our first school Easter parade and they were still perfect for the next year too. So simple to make and really inexpensive as well.
We went super simple with all our supplies from Spotlight Australia – Floppy hat, foam eggs (decorated to look like Easter eggs with paint), mini nests, little chickens, foam bunnies & eggs on wire and shredded cellophane. Everything was put together with the hot glue gun.
I bent the wire on the bunny and egg stands and folded it over inside the hat then glued in a piece of felt from my craft stash to keep it in place and make it comfortable for my daughter to wear. It’s nothing fancy but she loved it and it was very easy to create.
Create poseable bunny ears with this headband tutorial.
This is another absolutely beautiful homemade Easter bonnet creation that any little girl (or boy) would be proud to wear. Get the tutorial.
Grab yourself a heap of foam stickers and an old hat and transform it in minutes with this really easy Easter bonnet idea. Credit: Hobbycraft
Put your tissue paper to work with this simple spring-inspired wide-brimmed Easter bonnet for girls. Find the tutorial here.
Skip the hat entirely with this super cute Easter hairstyle for girls. This would work well for an Easter parade or for the last day of school before the Easter break.
More easy floral Easter bonnet ideas with paper mache – add paper flowers for a feminine look. Get the step by step instructions.
The ultimate in simple Easter hat using an old straw hat and adding a few feminine spring and Easter inspired decorations, such as mini eggs and little chicks.
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Easter Hat Ideas For Anyone
One of the best things about making your own Easter bonnets for kids is that you might even have the chance to re-use it again the following year. Maybe not for the same child, but for a younger sibling who can’t wait to wear a hat their older brother or sister proudly wore to the Easter bonnet parade. These ideas are great for boys and girls. They also make great Easter hats for adults too!
This pipe cleaner bunny ear headbands are too cute and I love that they work for boys and girls for Easter parades. Add flowers to your pipe cleaners or keep it simple. You decide! Get the tutorial.
How easy are these bunny party hats! This is possibly one of the easiest DIY Easter bonnets on the list and they look great with cute fluffy pom poms on top!
This cute paper Easer bonnet would be perfect for boys and girls. Simply decorate in the colours they like best.
Another creative paper Easter bonnet creation. Find the tutorial tutorial.
More floppy hats. These simple bonnets with tissue paper flowers are made from newspaper and are great for recycling stuff around the house. Find how to make them here via Red Ted Art.
An easy to make cardboard Easter bonnet idea with paper, craft foam and embellishments. This bunny hat is one that kids can mostly create on their own with a little help for younger kids. Find the basket hat here.
This Easter basket bonnet is a great upcycling project with items you have at home with an Easter basket on top of the hat. Tutorial.
How cute is this chicken hat? Made from paper, you can get the tutorial to make this one and others.
Create the ultimate springtime creation with this grass inspired Easter bonnet. Shred green tissue paper for an easy way to create this simple hat for Easter. Find the tutorial.
Left it until the last minute? This DIY Easter hat won’t take long to make or one that your child can make themselves. You could even glue cotton wool or cotton balls to give it a fluffy look. Get the Easter bonnet template tutorial.
These DIY ideas for Easter hats are great options if you don’t have a lot of supplies or time to create an Easter bonnet. Use coloured cardboard to create an Easter egg crown and decorate with stickers and craft supplies for a really quick and easy idea.
You could even set up an Easter crown decorating station on Easter Sunday as part of your Easter celebrations if you have a lot of kids coming to visit.
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Easter Bonnets To Buy
If you don’t fancy yourself to be a DIY Easter hat maker, or you’re short on time, there are plenty of ready-made Easter bonnets available too. Here are some we think are super cute!
With so many fun and easy Easter bonnet ideas for boys and girls, you are sure to find the perfect Easter hat for your child to wear to the parade. Kids will love getting involved in this fun Easter craft activity and wearing something they helped make themselves.