I’m always looking at ways to indulge and combine my passions of bees and crafts, and this little Mini Bee Skep Craft is perfect for both.
This is my second year of beekeeping, so naturally more and more of our crafts are tending to have a bee theme. Previously I have made a paper plate bumble bee, and pipe cleaner bees with the kids. However, this craft I did just for me, but it is also suitable for older tween and teens.
I originally came up with the idea as I wanted to make some table decorations for when I eventually get around to selling my honey and beeswax products. These mini bee skeps also make great decorations for the house, or perhaps even in the garden (eventually I plan for these to end up in a fairy garden).
So if you would like to see how I made the mini bee skep, read on for the full tutorial, or pin it for later!
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What You Will Need
- PVA glue
- An egg
- Yellow polymer clay
- Black permanent marker (Sharpie or similar)
- Hot glue gun
- Polymer clay varnish (optional)
- Vellum or thin white card
How You Make Your Mini Bee Skep
- Cut a length of twine. You can work out how much twine you need by wrapping it around half an egg. Always cut a little more than you think you’ll need.
- Soak the twine in a bowl of PVA.
- Wrap the twine around an egg (you could also use plastic eggs as a mould). Start at the middle, squeezing the excess PVA out of the twine as you go. Closely coil the twine around until you get to the top/apex of the egg. Trim off the excess.
- Stand in an egg cup and leave to dry, preferably overnight.
- In the meantime you can start working on the bees. Make small round balls out of yellow polymer clay, then slightly flatten the ends to make ovoids.
- Insert a small length of wire into each polymer clay bee. I used gardening wire and stripped off the outer green coating. Equally you could use floristry wire, or wire used in sugar paste creations. Oven bake the clay bees according to the manufacturers instructions.
- Once the clay bees are cool, use a sharpie to draw on eyes and the stripes.
- When the mini bee skep is completely dry, you can draw on an opening at the base using a black sharpie.
- Insert the wired bees through the wall of the skep at your chosen location. Leave a small length on the inside of the skep, and secure this with glue using a hot glue gun. Trim any excess wire.
- This step is optional, but I chose to varnish my bees in case I ever wanted to use them outside.
- The final stage is to attach the wings. This can be a little bit fiddly. I first tried to free hand cut out the wings, but it was quite difficult. So instead I used a hole punch to create small circles, and I attached two to each bee with a tiny drop of glue. I used vellum, but you could equally use thin card or paper if your not planning on having them outside.
That’s it! A cute mini bee skep craft. I’m hoping they will be the perfect accessory to my stall selling my bee related products in the future.
So what do you think of our Mini Bee Skep Craft? Do you like making bee crafts as much as we do?