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Mini Spring Bonnets



If you're looking for a quick Spring craft, try these mini Spring bonnets from Amanda Formaro! They're a cute Easter tablescape idea and they're made out of recycled Styrofoam coffee cups. Genius!

Mini Spring Bonnets


  • Styrofoam cups
  • acrylic paint in pastel colors
  • small silk flowers
  • small beads
  • pastel or sheer ribbons
  • hot glue gun
  • magnets (optional)






  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Note: The temperature and instructions in this craft are based off of a dark coated cookie sheet at 250 degrees F in an electric oven. You may want to experiment with different temps until you receive satisfactory results. I recommend baking one or two cups at the recommended temperature and time first. If they seem to melt too quickly or the ends curl up and under, try reducing the temperature and trying again.
  3. Place Styrofoam cups upside down (open end of cup down) on a dark coated cookie sheet, placing them about 1-2" apart. Note: we experimented with both dark coated and silver cookie sheets, the cups did not melt properly on the silver sheets.
  4. Bake in the oven for approximately 3 minutes, don't walk away! It will take about one minute before you see any changes to the cups, then the heat will begin to melt and shrink them rather rapidly after that. It's lots of fun for the kids to watch, so be sure to turn the oven light on.
  5. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and set aside to cool completely. DO NOT try to remove the cups from the cookie sheet until they are completely cooled. As they cool, the Styrofoam that is stuck to the sheet will relax and release its grip from the sheet, allowing you to remove them easily. Most cups will melt rather well, thought you may end up with one or two that look rather distorted or disfigured.
  6. Paint the "hats" with pastel colors, one coat is usually enough, and allow them to dry completely. Once they are dry you can embellish them with small silk flowers, pretty beads, and ribbons using a hot glue gun.
  7. If you like, you can hot glue a small round magnet to the bottom of the hat at the brim and hang on the refrigerator.

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Aug 18, 2014

This is a cute project. A worth-trying one. I love making home decors and ornaments. They are not only easy to make but look good too. I have found many new projects in this book, have a look! Its amazing!


Mar 24, 2014

Yep, I too tried this one and came away very disappointed. I looked at the style of cup and it was not the same as in the video, so my next stop is to buy one similar. The temp seemed to be fine for one cup, but then another took the entire 5 minutes and then the other didn't shrink at all. Thanks for the video as you had explained what outcomes to expect, and I got them all. Will keep trying as they are just sooooo cute


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Nov 12, 2012

Just to let you know.... my sister and I did this craft and after about 1/2 hour of trial and error found the perfect temp and time - we immediately set off the carbon monoxide sensor! Do this craft with caution and in a WELL ventilated area!


Mar 27, 2012

I also tried and tried these bonnets just like the instructions said and none worked. So then I looked closely at the picture of these bonnets and I seen the bonnets looked like there were slits cut into the rim. So I then tried cutting slits into a cup at the rim and I baked them @ 225 degrees F for about 10 min. This seem to work better. Also The bright green hat in the picture looks like a strip of lace trim was glued to the brim to cover up the slits.


Mar 27, 2012

I too tried this project many times with different size styrofoam cups, different oven temps and still did not work out right. Did you leave out a part? I don't know what else to try. Please help!!!


Mar 26, 2012

dumb question....how do you make the brims? I have never tried this before, but would like to. they look so cute.


Mar 25, 2012

Aren't the fumes from the melting Styrofoam cups toxic to breathe?


Mar 25, 2012

If you're going to be using hot glue and all that, why not just use a small bathroom papercup and glue it to a doilyor a paper circle. Seems like a lot of energy wasted , to say nothing of the possible carcinogens, as noted by someone else, released, to go through putting styrofoam in the oven. Sorry - not my "cup of tea"...


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