How to Make an Easter Bonnet

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Recently we were lucky enough to visit Maggie & Rose family members club in Kensington for a baby event and Isla and I had a fab time, she got her face painted and made some cookies and generally had a lovely time. We don't have anything like that in our area and it was really fun, so when I was contacted by the people at Walker Books about a new Maggie and Rose Eco Friendly Activity Book for Isla and I to try out at home I accepted immediately.  We were sent the 'This Book is Totally Rubbish' Activity Book which is bursting with brilliant ideas for games and things to make and do - all based around the subject of art and recycling

Just before Easter I found the perfect opportunity to use the book when Isla and I got stuck into making an Easter Bonnet for her Nursery Tea Party. Since having a little girl I've always felt like I can't wait till we can do craft type activities together and this was our first go at a bit of messy creativity at home. I decided that we would make her Easter Bonnet using the instructions on how to do Paper Mache from the book - a great way to use up old newspapers. See below all the photos from our creative journey making an Easter Bonnet that eventually earned Isla an Easter Egg prize from the nursery for best Bonnet (not blowing my own trumpet at all......!!)

As you can see she loved the finished result and I'm really looking forward to making more things using this book - Eco Moulding Clay is our next project I think.

So following on from our fun using this book I have one copy of 'This Book is Totally Rubbish' to give away to one lucky person to have fun with! All you need to do to enter is:

Compulsory entry: comment below telling me your child's favourite craft activity or if too young something you look forward to doing with your child when they're old enough

Extra entry: Tweet the URL of this Giveaway post including twitter IDs @iheartmuthahood & @WalkerBooksUK and leave a separate comment below that you have done this.

UK Entrants only
Good luck and the competition closes midnight, Friday 20th May!


  1. Cheryl said...:

    The girls love doing anything that involves getting messy - finger painting, foot painting, collage, you name it ! Always looking for new inspiration and this one sounds great :)


  1. Cheryl said...:

    I've tweeted too @cherylp59 :)

  1. My 3yo loves doing collage stuff (in France we call it "gommettes") but I'm planning to extend the range of doing craft stuff with him. This book sounds like the right book to do so!

  1. I have also tweeted the comp! @Dorothee77

  1. mummy24 said...:

    we love doing lots of craft stuff. Painting is a favoutite in our house though!


  1. mummy24 said...:

    i have tweeted too


  1. TheBoyandMe said...:

    First of all, wow you and well done for making that bonnet with her! It is completely gorgeous and you are a very patient mummy; I think I'd have felt a little freaked out by all the mess, mind you I did notice that you'd done it outside ;-)

    So to the competition: The Boy absolutely adores craft, at the moment either painting or sticking is the most favourite, although we did do cooking the other day for the first time!

  1. TheBoyandMe said...:

    Have also tweeted as @TheBoyandMe

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  1. hughese6 said...:

    My son keeps coming up with elaborate schemes for making various items - spaceships, octopods, the great wild woolly, etc. Love his imagination.

  1. hughese6 said...:

    Tweeted as @ericahughes

  1. anna8301 said...:

    My Emma loves drawing and painting!!! She is a little artist...

  1. anna8301 said...:

    Have tweeted @anna8301

  1. RedTedArt said...:

    Oh my, what an utterly adorable hat!

  1. Charlene said...:

    What a cute little hat and a great way to incorporate it with the book. I would like to invite you to link this to Hey Mom, Look What I Did on Adventures In Mommy Land (

  1. pinkoddy said...:

    This is the way I was thinking about making my bonnets. Thanks for this :)

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