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Felt Bumble Bee

Designed by Heather Lancaster

Main supplies:

  • Black Felt
  • Yellow Felt
  • Silver or Iridescent Chenille Stems
  • Plastic Eyes
  • Elmer's® Craft Bond™ Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Tape or Rubber Bands


1. Cut 9” x 12” Felt sheets in half vertically, and then cut each half sheet in half. Fold each of these strips in half again and cut so that you four 2 ¼” x 11” long strips of felt from each sheet. Fold the strips vertically one more time and glue one side to another so that each strip is approximately 1” wide. Allow to dry. Place a book on top of the strips as you glue them, to help hold each one flat while it dries.
2. Make the spiders head by coiling and gluing 4 folded black strips together. As you move on to each new strip, start it at the spot where the old one ended. Use a rubber band or a piece of tape to hold the finished coils together and allow them to dry.
3. Make the spider’s body next, but coiling together yellow and black strips. Start by gluing a yellow strip onto a black strip and then wrap them into a coil. Keep the coils as tight as you can as you continue. As you add more strips, the yellow and black will become uneven. Just keep coiling and adding strips as each one ends until the body is twice the size of the spiders head, approximately 5 strips of each color (5 black, 5 yellow) Use a rubber band or tape to hold the finished coils together and allow them to dry.
4. The bee’s legs are made using one chenille stem per leg. Fold the stem in half and twist together, then fold in half a second time and twist, leaving a circular opening at the bottom of the leg. Tuck the leg into the bee’s body, using a dab of glue to hold it in place. Repeat for all six legs. 
5. Loop a silver chenille stem to make each wing, twisting it at the end to secure. After both wings are made, twist the bottoms together in tuck into a fold of the bee’s body. Use glue to hold in place. Glue eyes and antennae in place to complete the bee.


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