So I’m at home last Saturday morning minding my own business when what do you know, a Judy Garland movie comes on the color TV: Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade. Honestly, who is going to do laundry and vacuum when Judy Garland is there all fresh faced and stomping her little heart out with Fred Astaire to When That Midnight Choo Choo Leaves For Alabam. Ain’t nobody got time fo that.
Let’s be honest, Judy Garland always takes priority, but Judy Garland in hats is like the ultimate trump card. You can’t turn away.
What’s that? Your college basketball team is two points away from winning the elite 8? You’re going to click over to ESPN to see the end of the game? NOT WHEN JUDY IS ON YOU’RE NOT.
Judy’s headgear in this movie was so awesome, so chic, so frilly, I was inspired to make some last minute Easter bonnets. Seven to be precise. Do I need an Easter bonnet, much less seven Easter bonnets? No.
This is the power of Judy and Irving Berlin. This!
|Modeling provided by my beautiful friend, Kiki Bird.|
Note: I have covered coffee filter flowers on this blog a lot. For fear of being redundant, skip ahead to the assembly part.
Tools on hand:
- Hot glue gun and 5-10 glue sticks.
- 6oz paper cup. I’m using a cup/bowl used for serving frozen yogurt. If you don’t have one laying around, use a regular paper cup and trim off the top 2” or so. Free.
- 10” of elastic trim. If you don’t have this in your sewing kit, use one of those elastic headbands, or trim off an inch thick tube from an old pair of nylons. Under $1.
- 10-15 hot glue sticks. Under $1.
- 50 dyed and dried coffee filters. I’ll do a refresher on how to dye coffee filters with a few drops of food coloring below, but you might want to check the archives for alternatives. 50 cents.
- Green paper cut into rough leaf shapes. I’m using crepe paper, but tissue paper or green filters works fine. $1.
Total cost: Under $5
Total time: 30- 45 Minutes, minus drying time
Dying coffee filters pastel colors is easy as can be. Start out with easy-to-achieve pastels and work your way up to more saturated colors.
1. For every 100 coffee filters, you will need a few drops of liquid food coloring and one cup of water.
2. For a basic pastel color, squeeze 4 drops of color into the water and mix (see dye recipes below).
3. Keeping them in a stack of 30 (or so, this is very approximate), insert the filters in the bowl and let them soak up the color. You may want to punch on them with your fingers a bit.
4. Squeeze out excess liquid.
5. Divide into stacks of 5-10 filters and hang them over your shower rail to dry over night. You can speed the process by throwing them in a dryer, or a warm 200F oven for 10 -15 minutes (check frequently). There is no reason to separate the filters into individual pieces, in fact, it will make the next part harder so I would discourage it. Short stacks are best.
Note, same as with Easter eggs, dye formulas can be found on the side of most boxes of liquid food coloring (usually found in the spice section at the market for around $2). Here are some basic formulas to get you started:
Chartreuse = 1 drop of green + 1 drop of yellow
Magenta = 2 drops of red + 1 drop of blue
Gold = 3 drops of yellow + 1 drop of red