Have you seen the bees nestled amongst the flowers in our shop windows this month? These bee-utiful little bumblebees were made by our windows team, and they’ve put together a handy guide so you can have a go at making your own.
What you’ll need
1 thin triangular strip of yellow card (approximately 60cm long) for the body
1 pair of pliers
1 strip of black card for the head of the bee (approximately 18cm long by 1.5cm wide)
2 strips of black card for the stripes on the body (approximately 10cm long by 0.5cm wide)
2 white wings
2 black beads for eyes
1 piece of green wire (approximately 30cm long)
Glue gun or strong adhesive
Wooden or bamboo skewer for curling card
How to make our paper bees
Holding the wooden skewer, start to wind on the wide end of the yellow triangular strip of card tightly to create the body. Continue to wind until all the card is curled (you can slide the body off the skewer once you have established the shape).
Slightly release your hold on the body, just enough so that it opens up a little bit, then glue the end to hold it in place. Take the strip of black card for the head and wind it tightly around the skewer. Next, take it off the skewer and glue the end.
For the eyes, glue one black bead to each side of the head.
Press one side of the body a little bit flat and attach the head with glue to hold it in place.
Wrap the two black strips of card around the body, leaving a gap between each stripe and secure with glue.
Glue each wing to the body, just in front of the first black stripe, as shown.
Using the pliers, bend the end of the green wire into a small circle and then glue it underneath the body.
Help raise money for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust
From mid-April, we’ll be selling the bees from our shop windows to raise money for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. If you’d rather make your own bees, you can still help support British bumblebees by making a one-off or regular monthly donation.