During Lockdown, my family have had a few craft days to keep as amused! Through this blog series I am going to give you ideas on some craft makes, and give a step to step guide in how to make them – suitable for all ages so why not get your family involved.
What you will need:
- Tin Can (empty and washed Baked Bean Tin or similar)
- Bamboo or something else to fill the tin with for the bugs to live in (eg twigs, moss etc)
- Yellow Acrylic Paint
- Black Acrylic Paint
- 2x White Bottle Top Lids (from a bottle of fizzy drink or similar)
- Primer (not essential but ideal)
- Laminating pouches, or plastic from a paper wallet
- PVA Glue
How to make!
- First prepare your can by eating the contents and washing it thoroughly.
- Cover your tin can in primer to prevent it from rusting outside and to allow the paint to stick well.
- Paint the whole tin can yellow, and let it dry.
- Paint the black stripes equally apart over the yellow paint, and let it dry.
- Use the end of the paintbrush to put a dot of black paint inside the white bottle top lids (these are your bugs eyes).
- Laminate an empty pouch or find some stiff plastic.
- Fold the plastic or laminated pouch in half and cut a wing shape.
- Use PVA glue to stick the bottle top lids on the front/ the flat end of the tin can.
- With black acrylic paint, paint a mouth onto the flat end of the tin can under the eyes.
- Use PVA glue to attach the wings on rounded side of the bee, at the top.
- Drill through the middle of the wings and through the tin can.
- Attach the string through the hole and tie securely. This is then used to attach it to the branch of a tree in your garden!
- Fill the tin can with cut pieces of bamboo of the right size, or similar. You could use moss, twigs, pine cones or anything natural.
- Hang your bee in a tree and enjoy!
Why not get the rest of your family involved?