You can bring a bit of nature indoors by crafting your own bee using felt. Affix your felt bee to a scrapbook page to give it character. Or, attach a felt bee to the end of a chopstick and insert it into an indoor plant pot for a surprising touch. Another option is to stitch the bee to an otherwise ordinary T-shirt or gardening apron. This craft project is elementary enough for young crafters to enjoy, so consider making felt bees at your child's next sleepover or birthday party.
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Things you need
- Yellow felt
- Black felt
- Glitter felt
- 2 googly eyes
- Hot glue gun
- Black chenille stem
Cut a teardrop shape that is 3 inches wide and 5 inches long from a sheet of yellow felt. Take a sheet of black felt and cut out five 1/8-inch-thick stripes that are 3 inches long.
Position the yellow teardrop on a flat surface with the pointed end closest to you. Arrange the five black stripes horizontally across the teardrop, spaced 1/4-inch apart, starting 1/2 of an inch from the tip end of the yellow felt. The stripes will overhang on each side of the teardrop. Attach the stripes using hot glue and trim off the excess black felt that is extended over the sides.
Cut a 2-inch diameter circle from a sheet of glitter felt and cut the circle in half. Flip the yellow felt over and place the half-circle shapes of glitter felt along the right and left sides of the yellow felt.
Angle the half-circles so that the rounded portion is on the top side and only one corner of each piece is on the yellow felt. Hot-glue the white bee wings to the yellow felt.
Flip the bee over so that you are looking at the striped side and the tip end is closest to you. Affix two googly eyes on the far end of the yellow felt using hot glue to make the bee's eyes.
Cut a black chenille stem in half. Curl one end of each of these two pieces around your finger. Flip the felt bee over and use hot glue to attach the chenille bee antennae to the yellow felt so the pieces extend out above the bee's eyes.
Tips and warnings
- Customise your felt bee by cutting the black stripes into waves or by changing the colours of felt.
- Use caution when working with the hot glue gun.
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