Monday, April 11, 2011

My Silly Bee

In case you noticed her... there's a bee posed at the foot of my Easter Egg Tree on my previous post. I made the bee a few weeks ago, before I started on all my other Easter decor. A few weeks ago... I had all these plastic eggs.. and all these materials and I was in the mood for some serious crafting...


...but I had no idea what to do. I had 'crafter's block'... you know, something like writer's block. I ran out of ideas. So I put all my stuff away and decided to make the beds in our bedroom instead. I noticed the bee in my daughter's pillow case looks like an egg. Without any other idea, I decided to try making a bee using one of my  yellow plastic eggs.

So I prepared these materials:
  • A small yellow plastic egg
  • Plastic eyes
  • 2 strips of black felt, around 0.5 inch wide. Each piece need to be long enough to go around the egg.
  • A small piece of gray felt
  • 4 small beads (not shown in the photo)
  • a glue gun
  • felt marker
Step 1: Glue the black felt around your egg. Cut off any excess felt.

Step 2: Glue the other strip of felt around your yellow egg. No photo but you should have something like a yellow-and-black-striped egg.

Step 3: Take your gray felt and cut 4-petal shapes. I didn't use a template. I did trial and error to get them the size I want for my bee's wings.

Step 4: Glue the 4 petal-shaped felt to the egg, position them like the wings of a bee.

Step 5: Glue the plastic eyes on one end of the egg... I used the wider end of the egg for the face, and pointed end will be the sting end.

Step 6: Glue 2 small beads on top of each eye. And then glue 2 more beads on top of those beads. Wait for the photo.. you will see what I mean.

Step 7: Using the felt marker... draw the mouth.

I glued a thin stip of felt on top of the 4 wing-shapes to hide the edges.

She looks a little unhappy... I was actually aiming for 'clueless', like I was feeling at the time, but I didn't know how to draw a mouth to make her look 'clueless'. She looked a little out of place there so I decided to perch her on my lamp so she can be near the flowers:

I was checking Martha Stewart's site a few days ago and saw she has a project like this too.. making animals from eggs. She posted tutorials on how to make a few more animals from eggs. This is simple enough to be a kid's craft project. Maybe when Andrea is a little older, we can try this together and we can make happier-looking bees :)

I got over my crafter's block a few days after I made my bee :) The table with the lamp and flowers has been re-decorated with my painted jars here. And those flowers, they have been cut up to decorate my moss projects and my Easter Egg Tree and my wreath (yeah... I've been cutting up this bunch and now it's all gone).

EDITED 2011-04-14:
Amy from One Artsy Mama tried this project with her 2-year old. Isn't it cool to be able to craft with your kid? I wish Andrea was old enough for us to do stuff like this too. They also made other cute animals from plastic eggs like this chick and this rabbit:
Sooo cute! She posted the tutorial for these 2 cuties at her site so be sure to check them out!






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21 comments:

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

hey all of your stuff is so creative! the bee! oh my goodness. so cute. because of that, I am giving you the versatile blogger award. I hope you haven't already recieved it. congratulations. it's at my link.

kathryn
www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

Amy said...

This is adorable! I can't wait to try it with my 2 year old son, who loves crafting. I showed him the picture on your blog and he got all excited and said, "It's a beeeee!" Thanks for sharing.

Amy
oneartmama.blogspot.com

Suzette and Sarah said...

Oh, so cute!

Ladybird Ln said...

I have such a thing for bees and googly eyes, I just love it! If I get enough time I might make one for each of the kiddos in my daughters Kindergarten class, so cute! Found you at Blue Cricket Party, come say hi when you get a minute!

Carlee
www.ladybirdln.com

Amanda said...

This is so cute! I could kick myself, I just the other day threw out 2 of the large kinder eggs, they would have been perfect for this project!

nancycreative said...

That is such a cute bee! :)

Amy said...

Janelle, I did make the bee with Noah, and I made a few other animals too. He LOVED it! Thanks so much for the inspiration. Pictures are on my blog:
http://oneartmama.blogspot.com
under the post "It's A Bee-utiful Day." Enjoy!

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

That lil silly bee is bee-utiful...That would look real cute for a garden bedroom as well...

I'd be oh so happy if you could share this with my readers tonight @Creative Juice Thursday. Get your crafting shoes on... Hope to see you there...

lisbonlioness said...

lol! this little bug really makes me smile :)

Kristin said...

Very creative! I love how cute it is ... my kids will enjoy making these :o)

Suzy Myers said...

Very cute!!! I would be thrilled if you stopped by my Commercial Break Thursday at http://www.suzyssitcom.com and link this project!
suzy

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

So cute! I love these! I bet my niece would like these.

Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations said...

These are so much fun! What a cute little bee!

Would love for you to join my linky party! :) http://www.inspiringcreationsblog.com/2011/04/friday-favorites-linky-party_14.html

sunghee said...

aww awww they are sooo cute! fabulous idea! got here from Mygirlishwhims blog.

abeachcottage said...

That bee is so cute and adorable! you should make a partner for it so that its not so lonely on its own!

Wonder said...

love these! great idea with all the extra plastic eggs :). happy day to you.

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

I'll "bee" featuring you this week at Creative Juice! If you'd like a button please stop by.

I still can't get over how cute these are. Going to make them for the kids' baskets this year!

Jenn Erickson said...

Absolutely adorable and whimsical way to repurpose those plastic easter eggs! Wonderful!

New follower,
Jenn/Rook No. 17

Anonymous said...

Nice Post. This post helped me in my school assignment. Thanks Alot

Nicole said...

That little bee is so cute!

the classroom creative said...

Janelle-

Last year around this time, I featured your little bee at my creative blog momnivore's dilemma. When I was compiling idea for a creative insect unit at my new education site, I remembered your little bee, and had to show it off again.

Honestly, this is probably in my top ten favorite crafts from the blogging world...

I featured your post at our insect unit and craft roundup.

Hope you have a lovely week!
Nicolette & Karen
editors of The Classroom Creative.