I firmly believe that craft sticks are a mom’s best friend. This cute little craft stick bee is the ideal kid’s craft to keep them busy. There is just nothing more fun than seeing your kids get into crafting alongside you.
So, I always have a list of easy to use craft items on hand. This little bee is super fun to make and add to your spring decorations.
Craft Stick Bee Kids’ Craft
This bumblebee craft is a great choice for younger kids. Even toddlers can help get involved in making this cute little bee. Any time I can have all the kids together making something I am happy.
Ever since my boys were babies, I loved seeing them work on any project together. There is just something about seeing them create something they are proud of making.
Craft sticks are a great choice for crafting because they come in multiple sizes and are super versatile. You can literally use them to make everything from a bird feeder to actually using them inside homemade popsicles.
Plus, they are super inexpensive so they fit into my craft budget with no problem.
How Can I Paint These Without Making a Mess?
If you are the one painting them, it may be easiest for you to simply use a paintbrush the same width as the craft stick and lay them on newspaper or craft paper you don’t mind getting dirty.
I’ve even added a small piece of tape to one side to hold them in place on paper while I paint the other side.
If your kids are the ones painting, then I encourage you to simply embrace the mess. Getting a bit messy while painting is an expected part of making things with your kids.
Just lay out plenty of newspaper on the table and put some paint smocks or craft aprons on the kids to keep their clothing clean.
Note: You can also find craft sticks already painted. In a pinch, grab those instead and avoid the mess completely!
What Glue Works Best for Sticking Craft Sticks Together?
My craft stash always has hot glue, E6000 craft glue, glue sticks, and basic Elmer’s white school glue on hand. I’ve used all but the glue sticks to secure craft sticks to each other.
If I plan to use a craft to hold something or know it will be under any stress, I will grab the hot glue gun or E6000. When I am just needing them to stick together like this craft, and especially when working with kids, I grab the basic white Elmer’s glue. It may not last as long, but it is safer and inexpensive.
For examples of how I’ve stuck craft sticks together in the past, check out this hexagon shelf made from craft sticks, DIY coasters out of popsicle sticks, and my favorite, the napkin holder out of popsicle sticks.
What Are Some Ways to Make Wings for My Bee?
You don’t have to add wings to the bee for this to be cute, but it is fun to use something to give it a look of flight. Depending on how crafty you are, you can cut some tulle or fabric and sew them into shape before attaching to the back of your bee.
Another option is to cut them out of construction paper, tissue paper, or even print a template out online and attach to your craft stick bee.
Of course, you can’t overlook the options of buying wings online or in the craft store. Depending upon how large you make your bee, you could even use the little craft wings made for using in jewelry or earring wing pendants.
How to Make a Craft Stick Bee
Paint 3 craft sticks black and set aside to dry.
Now, paint 4 craft sticks yellow and set aside to dry.
Once the paint has dried on all of the craft sticks, you will begin gluing them together.
Start by placing a yellow craft stick horizontally on an unpainted craft stick as shown.
Continue this process with yellow, then black, then yellow, and so on until all are glued in place.
Now, you will use a pen to wrap your pipe cleaner around to twirl and make an antenna for your bee.
Glue the antenna in place on the back top of the craft stick bee.
Next, you will glue your googly eyes in place and draw a smile on one of the yellow craft sticks.
Finally, you will add your wings. If using tulle or tissue paper, simply glue in place or wrap around the sides as desired until you have a look you prefer.
Display along with other springtime crafts, and don’t forget to write your kids name and the date on the back!
Bonus: Keep the kids busy with craft sticks all the time when you use these great ideas!
Active Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Estimated Cost $1
- Craft sticks
- Black craft paint or black marker
- Yellow craft paint or yellow marker
- Googly eyes
- Black pipe cleaners
- Tulle, fabric, or tissue paper for wings
- Craft glue or hot glue gun and glue
These make a great craft to add to your garden or to prop inside a potted plant.
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