How to Make- Bee Bug Home

Written by Abbie Hurcombe - Writer of The Hive

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)
  • String
  • Primer (not essential but ideal)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Laminating pouches, or plastic from a paper wallet
  • PVA Glue
  • Drill

How to make!

  1. First prepare your can by eating the contents and washing it thoroughly.
  2. Cover your tin can in primer to prevent it from rusting outside and to allow the paint to stick well.
  3. Paint the whole tin can yellow, and let it dry.
  4. Paint the black stripes equally apart over the yellow paint, and let it dry.
  5. Use the end of the paintbrush to put a dot of black paint inside the white bottle top lids (these are your bugs eyes).
  6. Laminate an empty pouch or find some stiff plastic.
  7. Fold the plastic or laminated pouch in half and cut a wing shape.
  8. Use PVA glue to stick the bottle top lids on the front/ the flat end of the tin can.
  9. With black acrylic paint, paint a mouth onto the flat end of the tin can under the eyes.
  10. Use PVA glue to attach the wings on rounded side of the bee, at the top.
  11. Drill through the middle of the wings and through the tin can.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. Hang your bee in a tree and enjoy!

Why not get the rest of your family involved?

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