By General Crafts Contributor Michelle
This little garden decoration is just as cute as ’can bee!’ Make a fun friend for your flowerbed, or potted plant with this recycling project.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- A tin can, with the top still attatched
- An empty, and dry water bottle
- DecoArt Americana Gloss Enamel Paint 2 oz. #227 Bright Yellow
- DecoArt Americana Gloss Enamel Paint 2 oz. #67 Black
- DecoArt Americana Gloss Enamel Paint 2 oz. #129 True Red
- Krylon Now Spray Paint 9 oz. Gloss White
- Darice Paint Brush Pack Assorted 40 pc
- 2 bottle caps
- PA Essentials Googly Eyes 1 in. Round 4 pc. Black
- Eclectic E6000 Adhesive 2 oz. Clear
- 2-inch deck screws
- Wood dowel, bamboo stick, or other stick to hold your finished bee
- Krylon UV-Resistant Clear Coating 11 oz. Matte
When choosing a can for this project, be sure to choose a can where the round lid is still partially attached to the can–it makes it much easier to glue back on when it’s still partially attached. Carefully apply a bead of E6000 adhesive around the inside top of the can, and gently press the round lid back into place. Be cautious, as we all know can lids are notoriously sharp, so if making this with children, have an adult complete this step. Let dry. Apply a bead of glue around the edge of the can lid, to fill any gaps as needed. Let dry.
Spray your can with a coat of white spray paint. Let dry.
Using a large, flat brush, paint the sides, and glued together end of the can yellow. Let dry.
Paint the other end of the can black. Let dry.
Use a small flat brush to paint black stripes around the can. I followed the lines on the can to keep my stripes even. Let dry.
Using a small bit in your drill, make small holes to start your screws into to create the antennae on your bee’s head. I simply made small holes to start the screws, and then screwed them partially in with my fingers until they were tight.
To make the bee wings, use your scissors to cut both ends off of the water bottle, so you’re left with a tube. Cut the tube open lengthwise, so it’s a “c” shape. Cut a piece about 2-inches wide, and round both ends into wing shapes. You can taper the middle a bit, like I did mine, so it looks even more like insect wings. You can slightly crease the center of the wings to open them up more, and help them lay flat on your bee’s back.
Use a blob of E6000 to adhere the wings to the back of your bee. I set mine bee between to heavy objects to keep it from rolling, and then laid the tube of glue carefully on top of the wings to weight them down, and hold them in place until they were dry.
Use a dot of E6000 to stick a googly eye into the center of each bottle cap. Let dry.
Glue the eyes onto the black end of the can. Let dry.
Use a tiny, round paint brush to give your bee a red smile. Let dry.
If using a wooden dowel or stick to hold up your bee, I suggest giving it a coat or two of acrylic spray to help protect the wood from moisture. Let dry. While you’re waiting for it to dry, drill a hole slightly smaller than your dowel into the bottom of your bee. Insert the dowel into the bottom of the bee. Now, go push your bee stake into your flowerbed, or potted plant, and enjoy your cute little friend!