Monster Easter – the chaos behind an Easter Bonnet

It is the time of the year again when all things eggs and bunnies, and all things chocolate start making their way into your home. The number of kids in the house essentially multiplies the Easter excitement. In my case, one had an Easter Bonnet parade at his preschool and another had a farm-cum-Easter themed Show-and-Tell.

Considering both happened in the same week, I decided to play smart and create a common object to serve both the purposes – an Easter Bonnet! And my boys decided to give it their favourite twist – Monsters! As it turns out, it was a colourful medley of ‘the sensible and the silly’.

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Our ‘mum and sons’ trio are a restless lot, particularly in matters of art and creativity. On this occasion, my school-going son started to explain how the bonnet should have loads of eggs and animals to blend in the ‘farm’ theme as well. My little, hard-to-please preschooler’s endless rant about monsters meant that we couldn’t do without some odd-looking creatures on the bonnet. The challenge for my creatively stunted mind was to incorporate the demands in one Easter bonnet and still make sense to its dual purposes.

I started the week with some Easter shopping at an art store, buying rich colours to hopefully distract from the madness that awaited our artwork. At the zero hour, we began to scratch our heads. My older son suggested some eggs and chicks on the front.

We stuck the rather leggy chicks to the little holes, careful not to maim them with the brutal force of our restless hands. Next, we randomly stuck some shiny and ‘rainbowey’ Styrofoam eggs close to the chicks. We decided to give it a farmyard feeling with a mock ‘fence and grass’ enclosure. A green card was shredded halfway through its length and closed, like a grassy tiara and stuck around the bonnet. A simple mesh of wooden, coloured lolly sticks was placed around the green card. By now, it somehow started to come along. However, the monsters were still at large and my little one didn’t like it.

We decided to convert the remaining Styrofoam eggs into something similar. We placed googly eyes on them but they fell off. And so did the pompoms. So, we put a toothpick through one of the eggs, wrapped a pipe cleaner around it and twisted the ends to make bendy ears. Well, it did look kind of monstrous, more like a monster bunny. We made four of those as a family and stuck them on the top with dollops of glue underneath. Thanks to the feathers, we managed to cover the unsightly bits in the bonnet. We stuck some twigs around the circumference of the hat for effect.

It was a 45-minute effort but it looked beautiful after it dried. My elder son presented it in his class and answered questions from his curious peers. My younger one proudly wore it to the Easter parade at his preschool and got complimented. Now, that must be a job well done!

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The best part was how the three of us contributed to the idea and the actual artwork. Even though it was a result of haphazard thinking, chaotic teamwork and muddled-up artistic sensibilities, it was the labour of our love and confidence in each other.

Just as Jesus resurrected from the dead on Easter, our slipshod ‘Monster Easter Bonnet’ resurrected from chaos and anarchy of our combined art!

Happy Easter to you all and have fun with your artwork.

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