Buzzing bees, buzzing bees,
Buzzing and bumbling from flower to flower,
Suckling sweet nectar out of the bloom,
To fill with gold your honeycomb bower.
This tutorial goes out to Honey from Mondorfment for her wonderful Sunshine Award nomination :D I haven't done a simple craft tutorial in far too long, so here's a fun and easy one for summer!
- needle felting needle
- needle felting pad or a sponge
- three colors of wool roving (black, yellow, white/cream)
- optional: string or yarn, sewing needle, scissors, twig
Step 1: Take the black roving and roll it tightly with your fingers, securing it with the needle felting needle by jabbing it in several times. The barbs on the needle with help the wool grab onto the other fibers, thereby binding it into your desired shape.
Step 2: Once you have the size/shape of your bee, take a little thin bit of the yellow wool roving and wind it onto the bee in stripes. Needle felt into place. The needle does not need to go *all the way through*, as the barbs are on the very tip. That will also push some of the wool through to the other side and can discolor your project a bit.
Another fun and easy needle felting tool which I highly recommend is the Clover needle felting tool. It has five needles and a safety guard, which makes it a nice tool for younger needle felters. It comes with fine pointed needles, but you can also purchase thicker needles, as well. Shop around for better prices - often found in your local crafting shop!
Step 3: Take your white or cream colored wool and round the edges with your needles, making it into the shape of little wings.
Step 4: Needle felt the wings on.
If you have younger children, you can make the bees bigger to make them safer and easier to handle.
***Remember that the wool can be a choking hazard, so please don't give these to little ones under 3 or even those who still put things into their mouths***
Here is a larger bee I made for a 3+ little one from my shop.
Have your child find some nice sticks or twigs on a nature walk. You can sand and polish for fun, if you'd like. These ones are in their natural state...
Thread a sewing needle with some thread or yarn and attach to the bees.
Tip: I like to come in through the top of the bee, hidden by the wings, and then pull it through to the bottom, and come back up again through the wings to make it extra secure. If you just come up through the bottom, your knot might not be tight enough to hold and your bee will literally go flying off the string (probably to the delight of your child - lol)!
These are wonderful as puppets, for plays, free play, nature/seasonal tables, and gifts. The simple shape is a wonderful place to start for beginning needle felters :D
This would also be amazing to add to Grade 3 curriculum when studying the bees!
Hope you enjoy!