by Julie McGuffee
a buzz through the garden with a honey bee mobile. Did you know
that bees can fly 22 miles per hour and their wings beat 180 beats
per second? You'll really need to be "buzzing" to keep
up with them. Bees unwittingly carry pollen on their back legs from
flower to flower so that the plant can produce seeds for the next
You will need:
- 4 Styrofoam 2" eggs
- 3" Styrofoam egg
- 24 Yellow 6mm chenille stems
- 18 Black 6mm chenille stems
- Wiggle eyes
- Black craft wire
- 16 large wood teardrops
- 2 Small wood rectangles
- White acrylic paint
- Paint brush
- Nylon thread
- 18 gauge Wire stem
- Wire snips
- Wrap each 2"
styrofoam egg with yellow chenille stems. Starting at the
widest part of the egg, push one end of a stem into the
styrofoam then wrap the chenille between the yellow for
stripes. To cover each end, form black chennile stem into
a circle. Bend the ends outward then attach one circle to
each end of the egg by pushing the ends into the body. Secure
- Cut one chenille stem
into 6 pieces. Push ends into the body then bend to make
- Paint the wood teardrops
white. Let dry then push the pointed ends of four teardrops
into each bee. To make antennae, cut 6" piece of craft
wire. Fold in half then twist together. Curl each end around
a paintbrush handle. Fold in half then push head. Glue wiggle
eyes in place.
- Unbend four paperclips.
Push one into the top of each bee for a hanger.
- Unbend a paperclip
then push into the pointed end of the large styrofoam egg.
Tie end of jute to the clip. Cover part of the egg with
glue, then wrap the egg completely with jute keeping strands
close together. Paint the rectangles white. Let dry then
write "HOME SWEET HOME" on one side with
the black marker.
- To assemble, cut the
wire stem in half then tie the two pieces together at the
center to make a cross. Curl each end to make a hook. Tie
invisible thread to each bee then tie the opposite ends
to the ends of the wire. Tie the beehive to the center of
the crossed wires. Glue the rectangles together on either
side of the thread with the lettering to the outside.
Darice® Chenille Stems, Wiggle Eyes, Craft Wire, Jute,
Wood Teardrops and Rectangles, Wire Stem; Delta Ceramcoat®
Acrylic Paint; Dow Styrofoam® Brand Plastic Foam;
Elmer's® School Glue; Fiskars® Softouch® Craft
Snips; Eagle® Paint Brush.
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