A Honey of a Hat

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A Honey of a Hat
Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages school-age

Here's a bee your kids needn't flee: she happily hovers over a delightfully springy straw hat.

What you'll need

  • Straw hat
  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Acrylic paint
  • Bubble packaging
  • Glue
  • Craft knife
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Pom-pom
  • Googly eyes
  • Gauge wire
  • Duct tape
  • Silk flowers

How to make it

  1. A Honey of a Hat - Step 1

    To make the bee's body, cut 2 cups from a cardboard egg carton. Trim them and glue them together as shown, then coat them with yellow acrylic paint.

  2. A Honey of a Hat - Step 2

    For the wings, cut a 4-inch heart shape from a piece of bubble packaging. Use a craft knife to make a slit in the top of the bee's body, as shown, then tuck the tip of the heart into it, adding a dab of glue to help keep it in place. To give the bee her stripes, poke one end of a black pipe cleaner into the back of the egg cup. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the body, gluing it in place, then push the free end into the cup as well.

  3. A Honey of a Hat - Step 3

    Glue on a 1-inch yellow pom-pom head. For antennae, glue K-inch black pom-poms to the ends of half a black pipe cleaner, then wrap the pipe cleaner around the head, twisting the ends together. Glue on googly eyes and a mini black pom-pom nose, then add a black fabric paint smile.

  4. A Honey of a Hat - Step 4

    Finally, stick one end of a 12-inch piece of 18-gauge wire into a straw hat (we got ours at Michaels). Twist the wire into a spiral and flatten it against the inside of the hat, securing it with duct tape, as shown. Poke the free end of the wire into the bee and secure it with a dot of glue, then glue some silk flowers onto the hat to keep the honeybee happy.

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