Bee lovers everywhere enjoy decorating their home and pollinator friendly gardens with bee décor. Using clay pots to create unique garden projects is also a very popular pastime. Using only a few materials, you can make a clay pot honey bee using terracotta pots. Show off your love for these hard working insects. It will surely be a cute addition to any garden.
Make a Clay Pot Bee (Bumble or Honey)
This 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.
Yet, it is still fun to give the honey bee some human traits. We think of them as getting angry and even create images that show them smiling.
As we make clay pot “people” bees, notice that mine 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.
I could have used more clay pots to give my design all 6 legs. However, I really didn’t care for the look with 6 instead of 4.
Hopefully, you will forgive me for this deviation of true insect form and enjoy the fun of making this clay pot bee craft for your bee garden or yard. Or a gift for a bee loving friend.
Materials for Clay Pot Crafting
There are hundreds of different craft ideas that can be completed using clay pots. By design, these pots are suitable for outdoor use. They can be painted or left bare – used for plants or other decorative projects.
Spray with sealer to protect your paint, and your clay pot bee will last for several seasons. Be sure to use a clear sealer that is suitable for outdoor projects.
Choosing the Proper Size
In these instructions, I am using 2 six-inch clay pots for the body. Of course you can use any size but this is a good mid size that will create noticeable but not overly large clay pot honey bee people.
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.
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 like. Though yellow and black are common insect theme colors, you don’t have to use that color combination. Use what you think looks nice.
Not a bad idea to buy a few extra pots – they do break. The used here are inexpensive and easy to find. Save any leftovers or paints etc, you may get a creative urge and want to make a bee garden art pole to go with your new creation.
Protection and Care
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 it. Perhaps, you might like to choose a small bee friendly plant for pots to place in the head? Some flowers do well in containers and are attractive to pollinators.
The life of your clay pot 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.
Enjoy Your Honey Bee Pot
Another cute idea using clay pots is this bee themed terra cotta candy dish – it’s easy to make and is a really cute gift idea.
If you have some paint left, you might considered these near painted bee rocks – they look so nice in the garden.
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. A great way to teach kids about pollinators other than just honey bees.
Once the warm season is over, bees go into hibernation or become less active. Bring the fun inside with an indoor craft project? Gnomes are mysterious little creatures that are very popular – you can make your own honey bee gnome!
Warning – 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.
Tutorial to Make Clay Pot Bee Person
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- Small drill bit
- 2 pieces 6″ diameter clay pots
- 4 pieces 3″ diameter clay pots
- 1 roll 5/32″ Nylon Paracord
- 1 bottle glue
- 1 can yellow base coat- Gloss Sun Yellow – AA
- 2 bottles Craft Paint Outdoors (yellow, black)
- 1 piece pink paint pen
- 1 piece Paint Pen Black
- 1 piece larger washer
- 1 piece template for bee face (optional)
- 1 can outdoor clear sealer spray
- Drill holes in clay pot 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.
- Prime and paint base coat. 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.
- Trace a face on one large pot. 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 face outline and trace it onto the pot.
- Outline face with black paint pen 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.
- Add black stripes and markings. 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 one 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.
- Attach arms to body base. Cut 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.
- 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 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.
- 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″
- Attach bottom legs to clay bee 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.
- Apply sealer. Spray your creation with sealer to add beauty to the project.Use outdoor spray sealer if you plan to have your clay pot bee outside for any amount of time.