12 Bee Craft Ideas To Celebrate World Bee Day
On March 20th we celebrate World Bee Day. Here is a collection of bee-inspired crafts which is the perfect way to keep your own little busy bees having fun all spring and summer long!
Bees. The new buzz in animal crafts.
My kids have always loved doing animal crafts and have recently become infatuated with bees, and it doesn't take much reading to learn they're simply the coolest insect around. Like how do they carry up to 80 percent of their body weight!? They buzz! Have 5 eyes! They live in hives! They make honey, break wind (bee farts!) help flowers, and they have those bright yellow and black stripes - The list of cool points for bees is endless. As endless of their importance to our planet - Like the fact it is estimated that one-third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees.
This week we celebrate World Bee Day - It all started when Slovenia proposed that the United Nations proclaim the 20th of May as World Bee Day. On the 20th of December 2017, following three years of efforts at the international level, the UN Member States unanimously approved Slovenia’s proposal, thus proclaiming May 20th as 'World Bee Day.'
The purpose of the www.worldbeeday.org website is to present the initiative and its implementation, raise awareness of the importance of bees and beekeeping, inform the public of major beekeeping events around the world and celebrate World Bee Day.
Gracious words are like honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body
Crafting is such a great way for children to learn about important topics, like how can we help save our bees.
Here are a few easy ways children can help #BeeTheSolution.
- Grow a Bee-friendly garden
- Treat your tired buzzy friends to some sugared water and Let It 'Bee'
- Eat sustainable honey
- Create a Bee bath
- Build a Bee home for native Bees.
- Host a fundraiser to raise money for The Bee Conservancy programs
- Don't use herbicides or bee killers
- Grow Sunflowers and honeysuckle
The 12 bee crafts (*plus two bonus ones) in this collection are a perfect solution to keep your own little busy bees having fun all spring and summer long!
1. Salt Dough Bumble Bee Badges
Kicking off our bumble bee art are these bee badges. Homemade salt dough provides endless possibilities for crafting with children. You can make badges, magnets, jewelry, keyrings, ornaments, garlands, trinket dishes, candle holders, handprint keepsakes, hanging mobiles - and they can all be Bee-themed! Like this little bee badge. Made with salt dough, baked, hot glue gun for the safety pin then used my old favourite acrylic pens to detail.
2. Buzzy Bee Cross Stitch Art
From focus to stress reduction, cross stitch helps our mental well-being. It allows us to redirect our energy and use that energy to create something beautiful. There are so many free cross stitch patterns online for children and beginners so why not grab yourself a cross-stitch starter kit to create your own beautiful Bee art.
3. Homemade Vegan Bee Doughnuts
With World Bee Day and Doughnut Week coming up I decided to jazzy up a vegan doughnut recipe with a bee design. Click HERE to find my step my step recipe, tutorial and video guide on how to make your own.
4. Homemade Thumb Print Bee Gift Wrap
These are great little animal pictures for kids. Get little thumbs to dip and press onto some rolled paper to create some gorgeous homemade recyclable gift wrap. you can use a thin black marker to add on your own, unique bee details.
5. Homemade Honeycomb Trinket Dish
6. Make Your Own Alder Cone Hanging Bee Mobile.
I saw this idea on the Mud&Bloom website and it's such a great activity as it gets you and your little ones outside and searching for aldercones. Wrap them in yellow thread/wood, hang them from a wooden hoop or branch, stick on some white tissue paper wings and you have a gorgeous hanging mobile.
7. Marshmallow Bee Printing
A great little animal printing idea. All you need is a marshmallow (we used M&S Vegan ones because most marshmallows contain gelatin) some yellow paint and a thin black pen for the detail. Another great homemade gift wrap, greetings card, or even just a fun piece of art for the frame. My youngest loves printing so this one was right up his street.
8. A Buzzing Bee Pompom Plate
9. Homemade Bee Greetings Card
I used a hexagon cutter dipped in my favorite neon paint to stamp onto a blank card (I know I go on and on AND on about these cards but I can't stress enough what a lifesaver they are to have in the cupboard) draw on your little bees and voila - A homemade card that takes a minute to make but will be super valued and cherished by a friend, family or neighbor!
10. Homemade Wildflower Seed Bombs
What better way to care for the bees than to plant some bee-friendly seeds - A great way to join forces with nature to transform unloved spaces with a blast of colour and life! Making homemade seeds is so easy to do. Follow my tutorial HERE to make your own. I used this seed mix from Wilko in ours. Once made you just throw them on the ground and wait for the rain, sun, and soil to do their work.
11. Make Your Own Bee Pom Pom
If you and your children are craft lovers and haven't invested in a pom pom maker yet then hop to it! I discovered them a few years ago when I was looking to decorate a belly basket and have been hooked ever since. Follow the steps pictured below to make your very own Buzzy Bee pompom. Use as a hanging decoration, make a garland of them, or even just to add a sentimental touch to a wrapped gift (wrap a present and tie your bee pom-pom onto your ribbon)
12. A Needle Felted Bee.
Credit to MOMOG (Mother Of Mother Of Grom aka my Mum, aka Trish The Dish) who has recently got into felting and whipped up this adorable little felt Bee for the blog. So pretty that I'd actually class these as bee decorations for your home. I haven't tried felting myself, but there are so many great tutorials online and you can buy vegan felting kits made with bamboo fibers. On checking the Heidi Feathers website do a great starter kit!
13. A Bee Inspired Costume
'Honey'. (A cheap and easy fancy dress costume to make.) I painted bubble wrap with some gold paint and used my hot glue gun (aka Bertie) to do a drip glue-effect necklace. (Lay a metal necklace on tin foil, glue lines of hot glue off it and build up for the desired effect.) Then when it had cooled I painted it with the same gold paint. I did the same on an old pair of earrings too. I drew a bee with my acrylic pens and stuck that onto the necklace. For the face paint I cut hexagon shapes into an old take-out box lid (or you can buy a hexagon stencil), and sponged gold Snazaroo face paint onto my skin through it. DIY fancy dress at it's finest!
14. Footprint Bee
Paper animals made Easy peasy lemon beezy - Brilliant baby crafting ideas. Dip your feet into some yellow poster paint and press onto paper to make your own buzzing (I hope not literally buzzing) bee!
So to all the Pheobees, Beeyonces, Beetricee's, Buzz Lightyears, and Beenedict Stingerbatch's (and all of you other lovely readers) please don't forget to tag me in all of your bee-utiful Bee creations over on Instagram as it honestly makes me bee-yond happy. Ok, I'll buzz off now.