A live baby duckling was Marie Palmer's inspiration.

For Theresa Schwab, it was a miniature wooden gazebo.

And Susann Beardsley turned to a toy bunny.

The three used ideas as individual as themselves, but the result was the same they fashioned a fun and stylish Easter bonnet.

And they are the winners in the Trib's Easter Bonnet Challenge.

Even though the era of wearing a bonnet with all the frills upon it for the Easter parade might have passed, there are still people who love those elaborate hats. So, the Trib challenged readers to design and decorate fantastic bonnets festooned with ribbons, flowers, chicks and bunnies or whatever struck their fancy.

They could start with a plain hat or create one from scratch with foamboard or cardboard. The trio was selected based on creativity that pushes the envelope, and they all did.

Prizes are a $50 gift certificate to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, $50 gift certificate to Michael's and a spring bouquet delivery.

It was a fun project, says Schwab of Ligonier. I have always liked the old days when people really dressed up for the Easter holiday. I love hats, and (Duchess of Cambridge) Kate Middleton inspires everyone to wear hats, especially fascinators. They are so pretty and elegant.

Collecting gazebos for her daughter when she was a child was a passion for Schwab, because it symbolizes the town where she lives and the Ligonier Diamond where a real gazebo is one of the first landmarks people see when they drive through town.

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