Take one bottle, some bubble wrap, pipe cleaners, and paint and you can create your own recycled bottle bee craft! Bees can be made in various sizes all using this method. This craft is great for kids of all ages. Younger children might need some help with the hot glue gun but otherwise, it is a simple and fun craft project that even preschoolers can partake in.
Not only is this recycled bottle bee craft lots of fun it is a great way to add in a little bit of bee learning fun! After all, bees are very important. We have included some fun bee facts to get you chatting about these lovely and fascinating insects.
Recycled Bottle Bee Craft
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The bee photographed today was made by our youngest daughter when she was just 5. She has always been fascinated by nature, animals, and the environment so she really loved creating this cute bee and learning all about the great work bees do.
There are many reasons why bees are so interesting and important. We have picked a few of our favorite fun facts to share with you all today but if you would like to learn now then be sure to follow the links provided.
Cool Bee Facts!
- There are about 20,000 different bee species in the world!
- Bees help plants grow! They transfer pollen between the male and female parts of a plant which is super important for helping plants to grow.
- Bees are insects so they have six legs so don’t forget to add all 6 legs to your bee!
- Honey bees live in colonies. Each colony includes one Queen Bee who lays all of the eggs, Worker Bees who find food and build the hive, and finally Drones who mate with the Queen been to ensure she has lots of eggs.
- The average worker bee lives for only five or six weeks while the queen bee can live for up to five years!
- Sadly our honey bee population is decreasing but we can do our part to help honey bees by growing bee-friendly flowers.
- Find out more at National Geographic Kids and WWF, also Pest World For Kids.
You Will Need
To make your own recycled bottle bee you will need a few basic materials. The bee photographed here today uses bubble wrap but if you don’t have any of this at home then you could use tissue paper, an old plastic bag (old packaging, etc), or even some old wrapping paper.
- An empty, clean, and dry old plastic bottle.
- Acrylic paint in black and yellow.
- Black pipe cleaners.
- Googly eyes.
- Bubble wrap or an alternative for wings.
- Hot glue gun or other quick-dry strong glue.
- Yarn or string.
Let’s Get Crafty
To start with gather all of your supplies. Make sure that your plastic bottle is clean and dry and any labels have been removed if possible.
Place the black and yellow paint onto a painting pallet or container. Use the paint to paint black and yellow stripes around the bottle. Using the black paint cover the lid, this will be the face of the bee. Make sure that all of the bottle is covered in either black or yellow paint. Leave the bottle to dry.
While the paint is drying cut a length of bubble wrap long enough to be both wings. Tie the middle section together with the yarn or string and then set aside to glue on later.
Now prepare the pipe cleaners, you will need six legs, one stinger, and two antennae. The antennae and legs can be made by folding a pipe cleaner in half and gluing at the fold. If using the folding technique you will need 4 cut pieces of pipe cleaners that when folded will be the desired length for antennae and legs and one shorter pipe cleaner for the stinger. You can opt to cut 6 separate pipe cleaner parts and fold the end of each pipe cleaner over to form a surface to glue the pipe cleaner onto the bottle.
Once the paint has dried heat up your hot glue gun and glue on the legs, antenna, and stinger. Glue the googly eyes onto the black painted lid. Next glue on your prepared bubble wrap wings.
If you would like to hang your bee up tie a piece of yarn around the body of the bottle and add a little extra glue to hold it in place.
Other Fun Projects To Try
If you enjoyed making your recycled bottle bee then why not test out one of these other fun projects?
Thank you for stopping by. We hope you enjoyed this recycled bottle bee craft today!