Social bees are quite the builders. They’re able to create hives filled with a complex network of chambers and cells to house their larvae and even store honey. In this month’s Creative Corner project, we try our hand at creating a fun and inventive architectural marvel of our own.
What you’ll need:
- Toilet paper rolls (10 – 12)
- Yellow acrylic paint
- Black pipe cleaners
- Black marker
- Plastic yellow eggs
- For the beehive, cut the toilet paper rolls in half so you have 20 – 24 equally-sized pieces.
- Next, flatten the toilet paper roll pieces three times to form the hexagon-shaped cells for the beehive.
- Next, to form the “honeycomb,” assemble the hexagon pieces side-by-side in the shape of your choosing using the glue and allow time to dry.
- Using the yellow acrylic paint, paint the beehive on the outside and interior cells. Allow time to dry.
- For the “bees” to populate the hive, use the yellow eggs.
- Draw a cute smile on the base of the egg to give our bee some personality.
- To form the signature black stripes, glue and wrap the black pipe cleaners around the egg leaving space between them for the yellow color to show.
- Lastly, hang the beehive on the wall with thumbtacks and place your colony of plastic egg bees throughout.
There you have it! Kids will love creating this fun and easy-to-make craft they can decorate their bedroom or play area with.