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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Calling all crafters

Help, it's Easter again.



Every year terror grips me. No matter how hard I try to prepare for this time of year it always sneaks up on me and dread fills me with indecision. You may know what I’m going through, you may not. I honestly don’t know if this insidious problem extends around the globe. It can cause perfectly rational mothers to fall to pieces about the fate of their child.








No, I’m not talking about making the choice between Cadbury or Lindt chocolate as gifts. If the chocolate is for me it’s a no-brainer: Lindt Bunny every time.








But when it comes to my son, that’s another matter entirely. Image is everything at his age. I mean, the hair just cannot be cut, which strikes me as ridiculous as it's dead straight and sticking him in the eyes half the time. He always wants the latest tech and the games to go with it. So what is a good mother supposed to do when it comes to the annual School Easter Hat parade and you're craft challenged?

If you’re not plagued by Easter Bonnets preparations, I want to be you ... desperately!

I tell you, I have cold sweats just thinking about his first year at school. That hat was a work of art. Hours of painstaking work. Well, our version of art which is kinda sus to begin with. But he was so disappointed that he wasn’t chosen as one of the winners. So, of course, because you love your child to bits, you promise it will be great next year. And the next year, and the next. It’s a vicious circle. Try, fail, try again. It’s terribly depressing and I wish I was better at gluing and sticking.

But what’s worse, is when you’ve run out of original ideas.



I’ve got nothing. No plan. No glue.



He says he doesn’t want a hat this year, but he’s done that before and then changed his mind at the night before. He’s tricky that way.



So, HELP ME, please crafty clever peeps. I’m begging. We’ve got two days to create something that won’t fall apart before he gets to school or be so embarrassing that he’ll need therapy for the rest of his life. How do you make an prize winning, non-embarrassing, kids Easter hat in just two days? (All ideas and links to crafting sites welcomed.)


Have you ever had a crafting disaster or are you one of those really crafty people?

30 comments:

  1. Heather,

    I'm with you. Crafting is a painful endeavor for me. In the US, we don't have the tradition of Easter Hats, but it sounds like a lot of fun as long as I don't have to make a hat. I'm going to be no help at all. :)

    When my son was five, they had a "Harvest Day" at school instead of a Halloween celebration. All the kids were supposed to dress up at something to do with harvest. Halloween costumes were NOT ALLOWED!!!

    My son wanted to be an apple, so his craftless momma managed to throw together a pretty good apple suit from a red pillow case and stuffing. He even had a hat with a stem. He was so excited that morning and I have a picture of him beaming. Well, he returned with a big frown because some of the kids brought Halloween costumes and the teacher let the kids wear them. I was very upset, mostly because my little sweetheart had been so happy when he'd left for school that morning.

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    1. Samantha, that's how I would feel too. It is so hard to explain to a child when the rules mysteriously change on them.

      BTW, my boy changed his mind this morning. I DO have to make a hat today. There's that panicked feeling again.

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  2. I had a teacher assistant that could make Easter Bonnets out of long sheets of construction paper and a paper plate. Complete with "Ribbon" and a pretty flower. She was/is seriously talented.

    Have you tried Pinterest, Heather?

    I do remember when I was little wearing an Easter Hat to church. My daughter when she was littler did the same. However, everyone gets a new outfit to wear on Easter. I have no idea why, just that it's something we do. LOL!

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    1. I didn't think of Pinterest but I'm on there. I'll do a search in a bit. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  3. This seems like it would be harder for the boys. At least, my boys would balk at flowers, etc or anything too 'girly' at that age...

    It sounds like a fun tradition for the kids and a pain for the parents!

    Pinterest is a good idea, Marquita!

    Heather, you should post some pics of your past efforts, I'd love to see them!

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    1. No way would my son wear an Easter bonnet! It's hard enough to get him to wear a button shirt. :D

      When he was younger, he would worn Batman ears or maybe a Storm Trooper helmet.

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    2. In my experience, boys are just not into fussy things. Makes it very hard to do craft with them. They have no ideas either. Lol

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  4. Oh dear, I am the wrong person to ask. All of my crafting is a disaster. And, I've never attempted an Easter hat and wouldn't know where to begin.

    This sounds like a great and fun tradition. I am sure a brilliant idea will strike just in time and when the hat is finished, you'll need to post a picture.

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    1. If it doesn't fall apart I'll add one to the blog post. Wish me luck!

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  5. The only crafts I've ever done have come from patterns...counted cross stitch and crocheting. I don't think I'll be much help to you, particularly since I'm notorious about starting a craft project and never finishing it. You should see my discarded projects corner in my closet. Oy!

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    1. Hmm, this isn't looking good. Do I know no crafty peeps?

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  6. Is it voted on by the kids in the class or the teacher? That makes all the difference in making an easter winner!

    What about making a top hat and then glue all kinds of easter candies on it. Like having some peeps stick out the top and jelly beans around the brim, etc. You could put a little easter grass on the top so the peeps have grass to 'play' in.

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    1. Ooh! I love this idea! Now I want an easter hat!

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    2. I love this idea...but I'd be tempted to rip off the candy and eat it, lol! I'd be walking around with a half ruined hat by noon, no doubt ;)

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    3. I've done top hats before. Ones filled with chocolates eggs (to share around after the parade), ones with little chickens glued down. I need to come up with something different. Thanks for the suggestion though

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  7. Oh Heather it sounds like you are in a quandary. I'm sorry that you need to make a super fantastic hat that will win a prize. Sorry I'm not talented in that area of craftiness. I would try pintrest if you have an account. If not I have a super crafty friend and you can see if her blog has anything that will help you. http://adiamondinthestuff.blogspot.com/

    Good luck on your quest to make the perfect hat.

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    1. Thanks for the link. I'll go check it out soon. Really soon.

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  8. Heather,
    I am soooo not crafty! I basically buy everything and add stuff to it when I need to "look" crafty. I wish I could help you, but I've got nada. My son's school does a 100 days of school hat parade every year, and when you are in first grade you are required to participate. So the year my son had to do it, I bought a Dr. Seuss looking hat and we hot glued sparkly pom-poms and sparkly jewels to it. I'm sure that doesn't help you one bit, but it does illustrate how craft challenged I am!

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    1. My sons school is smaller and because of that I get 7 years of Easter Hat Parade days. Two more to go and then I'm free... LOL

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  9. Before you get your hopes up, let me just point out that I am no help with this. But I share your dread. I very much dislike take home craft assignments. My kid's school celebrates the hundredth day of school with a hat/tie/shirt (depending on grade level) decorated with 100 items. The kids love this. I want to hot glue my eyelids together. The first year, I sewed 100 buttons to a baseball cap for my oldest girl. Never. Again.
    So when my kidlets come home from school with a, "Mom! We get to make (fill in hated activity here), and it's due TOMORROW!"
    I respond with, "Awesome! Your daddy loves to make ballerina slippers out of toilet paper rolls! Go tell him about it."
    Mommy isn't having it.

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    1. Science projects, things that are supposed to look like an experiment, are my second nightmare. They'll replace the easter hats when he goes to secondary school. Got two years before that happens. I honestly did not have kids for this kind of stress. LOL

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  10. Yeah, I so can't help you with this, lol. I've never even heard the term 'Easter bonnet'! And, as I don't have kids, I don't even own glue, let alone construction paper, ribbons, glitter, or anything else in the crafty vein. Now, if we were talking cupcakes, I could totally help you with that, lol!

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    1. I bet a cupcake hat would win first prize. :)

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    2. A giant cup cake hat would make him popular with the other kids if he could be persuaded to share the icing. LOL

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  11. I am hit or miss with crafts but my daughter has begun blogging about the things she makes for her nephews and friends' kids. I'll see if she has suggestions. And Erin, you haven't heard of an Easter bonnet? I feel so old, all of a sudden! I actually wore Easter bonnets as a kid.

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    1. LOL - maybe it was a region thing? I don't know - I just know I've never seen one or heard of one. Of course, the word bonnet puts me squarely in mind of Little House on the Prairie ;)

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    2. Thanks Aileen. I appreciate that as he HAS requested a hat now. Gotta go shopping for supplies at lunch time.

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  12. Heather -

    I'm getting clammy hands just remembering what nightmares I had when my sons were young and it was costume nightmare time! My heart is going out to you as I type this in remebrance of those days!

    One year for Halloween I had a real problem. My sons needed new pj's and also the "all important" costume for "trick or treat" night! It was in the 70's during a recession not so different from the one we are in now and like now our "men" (my husband inlcluded) had finished his service to his country. I eneded up at a bargain fabric store buying scrapes of "this and that" from the sale bin. When I got home the boys got to blindly pick a few favorites (fortuantely one of them is color blind). I ended up making one piece "zipper" pj's (great for cold winter nights to sleep in and cold Halloween nights as well). One decided to be a lion and the other a tiger so tales, etc. were sown on the "body" and I made seperate "hats" included ears and added a little make-up on there noses and checks.

    Both outfits cost me a total of about $3.00 to make and they had pj's for the winter.

    PS: I hate to sew but they sure looked cute. We still have the photos and I'd post them but I want to see my grandchildren too much to incur my sons' wrath!

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  13. That is the problem with costumes etc. While you're proud of them right when you take the pic, the wearer just doesn't want to see the evidence again. LOL

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  14. Ugh Heather I am late posting as I was sick all day yesterday with some kind of stomach bug. Luckily I think the worst is over and am feeling a little better. With that said, I totally cannot help you but wish I could! I am craft challenged as I was always a total tomboy and always found an excuse to get out of crafting if I could. Still do.

    I would hyperventilate if I had to do this for my kids lol. Just doing school projects is a chore in my house but I wanted to wish you good luck with it. I know you'll come up with something fabulous!

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