How to Make a Clay Pot Honey Bee

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DIY Clay Pot Honey Bee Craft

Bee lovers everywhere enjoy decorating their home and bee friendly gardens with bee décor.  Using clay pots to create unique garden projects is also very popular.  Using only a few materials, you can make a clay pot honey bee craft to show off your love for bees.  It will surely be a cute addition to any bee garden.

picture of finished honey bee made from clay pots

Why We “Humanize” the Honey Bee

It is common for many bee lovers to anthropomorphize the honey bee.  This means that we apply human emotions, traits, etc to bees.  Of course, we know that bees are insects not people.

Yet, it is still fun to give the honey bee some human traits.  As we make our honey bee clay pot, notice that my bee only has 4 legs. 

This bothers me as a beekeeper because if you know much about honey bee anatomy, you know that bees have 6 legs.

Hopefully, you will forgive me for this deviation of true bee form and enjoy the fun of making this clay pot bee craft for your garden or yard.

picture of a honey bee made of clay pots and string.

Creating with Clay Pots

There are hundreds of different craft ideas that can be completed using clay pots.  By design, these pots are suitable for outdoor use. 

By using a sealer to protect your paint, your clay pot honey bee may last for several seasons. Be sure to use a clear sealer that is suitable for outdoor projects.

Choosing the Proper Size Clay Pot

In these instructions, I am using 2 six-inch clay pots for the body of the bee.  Of course you can use any size but this is a good mid size that will create a noticeable but not overly large clay pot honey bee person.

These pots are so inexpensive that while you could reuse one you already have, I encourage you to only use clean pots that have not been used for growing plants.  Otherwise, the paint may not adhere to the clay surface well.

If you plan to use your bee craft outside, be sure to spray it with a clear sealer when you are done.  This will greatly lengthen the beauty and life of your work.

Materials Needed to Make Your Bee Craft

How to Make a Honey Bee With Clay Pots

Time needed: 2 days.

Use traditional clay pots and cord to make a honey bee craft to decorate your garden.

  1. Drill Holes for Arm Attachment

    Use a small bit or Dremel tool to drill 2 holes in one of the large pots.

    The holes should be near the bottom of the pot and straight across from each other.
    picture of drill bit being used to create holes in clay pots

  2. Prime and Paint Base Coat on Clay Pots

    Use yellow spray paint to put a base coat on each of the 6 pots. For the large pots – you do not have to paint the insides unless you wish.

    The small clay pots should be painted inside and out with yellow paint.
    picture of 6 clay pots painted yellow for bee base coat

  3. Trace a Bee Face On one of the Large Pots

    One of the large pots will sit right side up and be the head of your clay pot bee. If you are talented, freehand the design.

    If your artistic talents are not all that you wish, find a coloring page with a bee face outline and trace it onto the pot.
    picture of bee face drawing held against a large yellow pot

  4. Outline Face with Black Paint Marker

    After using a pencil to sketch in your design, consider if you are pleased with it.

    Then go over the pencil marks with a black paint marker.
    picture of clay pot with bee face outlined in marker

  5. Add Black Stripes to the Pots

    To imitate the iconic idea of how we imagine bees – let’s add some black stripes. It does not matter how many stripes you use or how wide.

    Paint stripes on 1 of the large pots (not the once with the face) and on each of the small clay pots.

    For the pot with the face, draw or paint in black wherever you wish. I created a black mask around the face and a black band on top – leave the rest of the pot yellow but it’s your choice.

    picture of parts of clay bee project with black strips on pots

  6. Attach “Arms” to Bee Body Base

    Take a small piece of paracord (12″) and tie a knot in one end. Thread it through one of the holes you drilled in the pot – (the knot will be on the inside of the pot).

    With the other end of the cord, thread it through the hole in the bottom of one of the small pots. Decide how long you want the “arms” to be and tie a knot to secure inside the small pot – cut off any excess cord.

    Repeat for other side.
    image of cord inserted into a small clay pot and secured with a knot

  7. Assemble the Body and Head

    One large pot will be the base (the one with the stripes), place it top side down on a flat surface.

    The other larger pot (with the bee face) sits on top of the first pot. This results in the 2 pots being connected bottom to bottom.

    Use a bead of superglue (or any fast drying adhesive) to glue the 2 pots together.

    picture of 2 parts of clay pot bee being glued together

  8. Prepare Cords for Bottom Legs

    First, use a large metal washer and attach 2 cords of equal length to it. Cords can be any length – the ones in this project are about 15″
    image of large flat washer with 2 cords attached

  9. Attach Bottom Legs to Bee Clay Pot Body

    Thread the cords down through the hole in the top pot (the one with the face). The washer will be visible if you look in the top of the bee head.

    The cording will hang down through and below the bottom large pot that is glued to the head.

    Use the same knot technique as for the arms to attach the 2 remaining small pots to the paracord. They should hang below the lower base pot.
    image of clay pot bee craft being assembled with feet and legs

  10. Apply Sealer to the Clay Pot Honey Bee

    Spray your creation with sealer to add beauty to the project.

    Use outdoor spray sealer if you plan to have your clay pot honey bee craft outside for any amount of time.
    picture of assembled clay pot honey bee being sprayed with clear sealer

Helpful Tips For Enjoying Your Bee Craft

You can use any size pots for this project. The ones noted in the material section are inexpensive and easy to find.

Don’t stress out over making the stripes and everything perfect. In fact, some of mine are a bit “cattywampus” but who cares. This is a homemade item not something that rolled off a machine.

Enjoy making your clay pot honey bee and use any colors or designs that you want to use.

Care for Your Clay Pot Honey Bee

Like true honey bees, your creation is rather fragile.  It can withstand the elements rather well but will break if dropped – or if you allow the feet to clang together.

Find a quiet safe corner of the garden to place your clay pot honey bee.  Perhaps you can add a bee watering station to the area along with some flowers that attract bees.  Now you have created a small bee oasis.

The life of your clay bee can be extended by bringing it inside if you live in an area that receives a lot of snow or cold weather.  Then, you can polish it up and break it out again come Spring.

Final Tips for Creating a Honey Bee Clay Pot

The clay pot honey bee craft is a whimsical addition to your inside bee décor or outside bee garden.  Construction is simple enough to be suited for older children with some supervision.

If you have some paint left, you might considered these near Painted Rock Bees – they look so nice in the garden.

Another cute idea is this bee themed terra cotta candy dish – it’s easy to make and is a really cute gift idea.

And for a really quick and easy project that is recycle friendly this tin can bee craft is great for a small garden project or gift.

You may enjoy your clay pot bee so much that you want to make another. It is a great gift for any bee lover.  Have fun as you show your love for our wonderful honey bees.

Beekeeper Charlotte

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