How to Make a Pipe Cleaner Bee

June 5, 2020 4 Comments
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It’s all about the bees for us at the moment, and this simple tutorial of how to make a Pipe Cleaner Bee is a great little summer craft for kids.

This year I have started bee keeping, which has naturally incresead my afinity for bees in all their guises. The kids have shown a lot of interest, and as a result we have been talking a lot about bees and their importance as pollinators.

We have also been doing some bee crafts. Oliver’s paper plate bumble bee is still one of his favourites (and possibly the first craft project he did all by himself), and he was particularly keen to help me with this Pipe Cleaner Bee tutorial. It’s really simple, and only needs a handful of craft materials.

So if you would like to see how we made our Pipe Cleaner Bee, read on for the full tutorial, or pin it for later!

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What You Will Need

  • 3 pipe cleaners- one black, one yellow and one white
  • Small yellow pom pom
  • Glue
  • Googley eyes
  • Scissors

How You Make Your Pipe Cleaner Bee

  • First you need to cut the pipe cleaners in half. Take half of a black pipe cleaner and half of the yellow pipe cleaner and twist the ends together to connect them
Twisting two pipe cleaners together
  • Then wind the two pipe cleaners around a pen or your finger to create the body.
winding the pipe cleaners around a pen to make the bee body.
  • Push half of the white pipe cleaner through the body, and fold back the ends to make wings.
Creating the wings of the pipe cleaner bee using half a white pipe cleaner
  • Take the yellow pom pom and wrap around the other half of the black pipe cleaner. Twist the two end together at the top and shape them into antennae. Depending on the length of your pipe cleaners, you may need to trim them a little
twisting half a black pipe cleaner around the yellow pom pom
  • Stick 2 googley eyes to the yellow pom pom, and then use glue to attach the head to the body and leave to dry.
Stick two googley eyes onto the pipe cleaner bee head
Sticking the head on the body to make the finiahed pipe cleaner bee

That’s it! A super simple Pipe Cleaner Bee. My kids loved playing with these in the garden, but you could also attach a longer pipe cleaner to their bodies and use them to decorate a bunch of flowers.

Finished pipe cleaner bee sitting on the grass next to some daisies
3 pipe cleaner bees sitting on the grass

So what do you think of our Pipe Cleaner Bee? Do you like making Bee crafts as much as we do?

If you need some more inspiration for pipe cleaner crafts then check out and follow our Pinterest board.

Kerry x

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  • Karen, the next best thing to mummy July 5, 2019 at 11:15 am

    This is really cute going to make some right now #kidsandkreativity@_karendennis

  • Laura July 8, 2019 at 11:36 am

    These are absolutely adorable! They look so quick and simple to make! #kidsandkreativity

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) July 17, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    I love this – such a cute little bee and sounds so simple to make. Sophie would love doing this. Another one to try out with her. #KidsandKreativity

  • Emma July 17, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    These are very cute! Thanks for sharing #KidsandKreativity

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    Hi I'm Kerry, Wife to James, Step Mum to one, Mum to two and more fur, feather and winged babies than I can count. I have a passion for crafts, encouraging creativity and inspiring imagination especially in children. So if you are looking for some inspiration, ideas and resources to inject a little creativity into your family life, then you've come to the right place. Read More


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