An Adorable and Easy Bee Craft to Make with Kids

Bee craft

The Spruce / Katherine Lewis

Overview
  • Total Time: 60 mins
  • Skill Level: Kid-friendly

Your little busy bees will love doing this fun craft on a lazy afternoon. Even little kids can help make these adorable bees. With just some basic materials and tools, you can create these cute bees in no time flat. Make a bunch and add them wherever you want a cheery little bee to add some color and fun around your home.

Gathering all the materials you'll need for this project is a great way to teach young kids how to plan and be organized. These skills can carry over into other things they have to do, like homework or chores.

Bee craft supplies
The Spruce / Katherine Lee

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Circle-shaped paper punches in 1.5 inch and 2-inch sizes
  • Small flower and heart-shaped paper punches (antennae toppers)
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Ruler

Materials

  • Paper: yellow, black, and red/pink
  • Vellum or tracing paper (optional for wings)
  • Craft sticks
  • Glue dots
  • Black marker

Instructions

  1. Make the Bees' Heads and Bodies

    Start making your bees by creating the bodies. Take your yellow paper and punch out large and medium-sized circles.

    Substitute for Circle Paper Punches

    If you don't have circle paper punches, you can just use the bottoms of drinking glasses or bottles in two sizes to make circles; just trace it onto the paper and cut around to make your circles.

    Bee craft step one
    The Spruce / Katherine Lee
  2. Attach the Heads to the Bodies

    Make the head and body of the bees by gluing the medium-sized circles to the larger circles as shown using glue dots.

    Bee craft step 2
    The Spruce / Katherine Lee
  3. Cut Out Bees' Stripes & Antennae

    Next, using a paper cutter or scissors, make thin strips with the black paper. If you don't have a paper cutter, just make straight lines with a ruler and cut along the lines to make the strips. Each strip should be thin, about 1/4-inch wide.

    bee craft paper cutter
    The Spruce / Katherine Lee
  4. Attach Bees' Stripes

    Glue stripes to the body of the bees using the black strips of paper, as shown. For each bee, use two or three strips of paper.

    Bee craft step 4
    The Spruce / Katherine Lee
  5. Cut off Excess Stripes

    1. Cut off excess strips of black paper to make them fit the bee bodies
    2. Then, take the black marker and draw on the eyes and mouth to make the faces for each bee.

    Keep the Scraps

    Don't throw away the excess strips of black paper. Save them for the next step.

    Bee craft step 5
    Katherine Lee
  6. Attach Antennae

    1. Cut the black strips of paper into shorter pieces.
    2. Glue them to the backs of the heads of each bee to make the antennae.
    Bee craft step 6
    Katherine Lee
  7. Cut Out Antennae Toppers

    Add a pop of color and fun touch to the bee antennae with a small heart- or flower-shaped paper punch. You can leave your bees plain, but adding these little touches at the end of each antenna makes them much cuter—even more than they already are!

    Bee craft step 7
    Katherine Lee
  8. Attach Antennae Toppers

    Glue on the antennae toppers to the front of each antenna, as shown.

    Bee craft step 8
    Katherine Lee
  9. Attach Stingers and Sticks

    These stingers are cute and safe, unlike the real thing!

    1. Using the black paper, cut out small triangles.
    2. Then, glue them to the bodies of the bees.
    3. If you want to put the bees into planters around the house or use them as puppets, glue craft sticks to the back of each bee.
    Bee craft step 9
    Katherine Lee
  10. Add Wings

    While the bees are adorable just as they are without the wings, you may want to add them for extra detail.

    1. Use a small circle punch, about 1-inch in diameter (or a small bottle that you can use to trace and cut your circles) make the wings using see-through vellum paper or tracing paper.
    2. Glue the wings onto the bodies of the bees.
    3. Overlap the wings by putting one wing on the front and one on the back.
    Bee craft step 10
    Katherine Lee
  11. Decorate With Your Bees

    Once you have a batch of finished bees, put them all around the house–in your flower pots, on your fridge, on your walls, or anywhere they fit.

    Learn the Buzz Words

    Use this bee craft as an educational activity, too. Take out some books from the library or go online for some info about bees and how important they are to our planet and crops; learn together with your kids how they contribute to our lives every day, including, of course, making honey.

    Bee craft decorations
    Katherine Lee