Spring has sprung and the bees are soon to be out in full force! Truthfully, I don’t like bees. Actually, I’m terrified of them. I know they’re good for the environment and all that, but seriously. Terrified. I can deal with spiders, snakes, all those kinds of creepy crawly things. Bees, though, and anything that can sting me? Nope. The only bees I like are bee crafts. And these Milk Jug Bumble Bee Garden Stakes are the perfect bees to buzz around in a pot of flowers.
As the name suggests, these Milk Jug Bumble Bee Garden Stakes are made out of emptied and cleaned milk jugs. We go through a lot of milk around here, so it’s always nice when we can find a way to reuse them. We’ve made Milk Jug Garden Flowers before, which are one of my post popular crafts, and these Milk Jug Bumble Bees would be so cute beside them.
Along with milk jugs, you will need blue and yellow acrylic paint, scissors, small googly eyes, black pipe cleaners, hot glue, and bendy straws. You will also need a tough 1” hole punch, or you could always just cut 1” circles with your scissors.
- plastic gallon milk jug, emptied and cleaned
- black and yellow acrylic paint
- Mod Podge
- 1” hole punch
- black pipe cleaners
- small googly eyes
- bendy straws
- strong glue (hot glue or E6000)
First, punch out, or cut, (4) 1” circles from the milk jug for each bee. Also cut out 2 small petal-like shapes for the bee’s wings.
Paint 2 of the circles yellow and 2 black. Let dry completely, possibly overnight. Starting with a black circle, glue a yellow on top overlapping. Then another black, and finally the last yellow. Glue the wings to the back. Let the glue set. Apply Mod Podge and let it set, as well.
Cut a black pipe cleaner in half. Bend that half in half and roll the ends down. Glue to the back of the wings. Glue on googly eyes.
Unbend a bendy straw. Apply a line of glue along the top, above the bend, and adhere your bee. Add to a garden or pot of flowers, and bend your bee in any direction it needs to buzz!
Be sure to check out all the other fun spring and summer craft ideas and recipes at Kid Things!