I have something to confess.  It’s deep and dark and somewhat scary.

I love Target.  (Or Tar-jay.)  That’s not the scary part.

The scary part is the reason why I love Tar-jay and why my hubs only humors me.  The reason why I love Tar-jay so much is simple.  The dollar junk section at the front of the store.

I can be running into Tar-jay on a massive time crunch just to buy milk or whatever and I will STILL walk slowly through the dollar section at the front of the store as if I haven’t just been through it two days before.  If I added up all the time I have spent wandering through that section of Tar-jay, I’d probably be able to add a couple extra days to each month.

I mean it hits all my weaknesses: seasonal sprinkles, toys (hello Silly Putty!) and cute seasonal socks (yes, I own multiple pairs of sock for any season or holiday EXCEPT summer only because I never wear socks in summer.  This is how I cope with my love of the holidays without wearing a sweater that would cause my sister to disown me as reprimand for becoming such a fashion victim.).  Needless to say, the dollar bin section is my version of cheap, seasonally celebrating, sock wearing heaven.

So, during my strolls through the dollar section over the past month or so, I have been eying up these cute little Easter bonnets.  They were clearly meant for a child, but not having one of the human variety, I had no reason as buying it and trying to get my canine children to wear it would result in the Labrador’s subsequent chewing of the bonnet.

Original bonnet from Target before I attacked it with my hot glue gun.

Original bonnet from Target before I attacked it with my hot glue gun.

And then it came to me:  I could get one and make it even cuter, even add some more ribbon because we know I can’t get enough ribbon in my life.  It’s now cute enough to top my Easter tree or hang in the place of a wreath.

DIY Easter bonnet decor hanging on my wall in place of a wreath.

DIY Easter bonnet decor hanging on my wall in place of a wreath.

Making it was easy as pie.  It took maybe 20 minutes and the total project cost me $4.29, far less than you’d spend on a ready made wreath or bonnet.

Materials:

  • Easter bonnet (as you know I purchased mine from the dollar section at Target) or other straw hat
  • 1 bouquet of silk flowers (purchased on sale from AC Moore for .99)
  • 1 6 foot spool of wire ribbon in any color you choose (also purchased on sale from AC Moore for $1)
  • 1 strand of craft pearls (yet another AC Moore purchase.  These were $1.29)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

How to make:

  1. Untie the predone bow on the bonnet.  Set aside.
  2. Unroll the spool of ribbon and fashion into a bow.  This was the trickiest part and will be a separate how to.  For this, you could always buy an all ready tied bow and do a semi homemade version instead.  Attach to the bonnet by tying the bonnet’s bow onto the bow you have just tied.

    Attaching your bigger bow to the bonnet.

    Attaching your bigger bow to the bonnet.

  3. Take your strand of craft pearls and hold each end in your hand so you find the midpoint of the pearls.  Take the hat and slip the pearls over the hat so they sit against the ribbon that was already on the hat.  Weave the pearls through the center of the ribbon bow you have just tied.  Don’t worry if the center of the bow is a bit messy.  It will get covered.DIY Easter bonnet decor-5
  4. Weave the pearls through each side of the bow.

    Weaving the pearls through the bow.

    Weaving the pearls through the bow.

  5. Pull 5 flowers of your bunch of silk flowers.  Hot glue over the bow’s center.

    Gluing the flowers onto the bow and bonnet.

    Gluing the flowers onto the bow and bonnet.

  6. Cut the pearl strand so that they are even.  I left mine a bit longer than the ribbon ends of the bow.
  7. Trim your ribbon on an angle so that the ends are pretty.
  8. If you are happy with how everything looks, secure everything into place with little dots of hot glue.

    Completed DIY Easter bonnet decor.  Pretty.

    Completed DIY Easter bonnet decor. Pretty.

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