Make Your Own Golf Ball Bees
Learning about bees can be a lot of fun for kids and adults too. Bee crafts provide a creative way to express your love for all things honey bee. This project uses recycled golf balls to create bee figures that can be used in many ways. Golf ball bees make a really cute decoration for your bee friendly garden. And, they are great for gift giving as well.
Once you have created your bee crafts, they can be displayed inside or even outside in the garden.
While this is an easy fun project to pass a lazy afternoon, it can be a learning experience as well.
If you are working with young people, or the young at heart – it’s a great time to discuss some bee basics:
Using recycled golf balls is another way to keep trash out of the landfill. They are perfect for a project like this one that utilizes painted golf balls.
Teaching Bee Awareness
Appreciation for honey bees and all pollinators grows are we learn more about them.
The golf ball bees can be used a plant markers to warn visitors that this particular plant is attract to bees – keep your distance!
Watching bees from a respectful distance is a great learning experience for all ages.
- 3 old golf balls
- 20 gauge galvanized steel wire - 24"
- Yellow acrylic spray paint for body
- Black/pink acrylic paint for details
- Craft Paint Brushes
- Black Paint Marker
- Crazy Glue or Equivalent
- electric drill
- 3/64" drill bit
- Safety Glasses
- Wash and Dry -You need one golf ball for each honey
bee figure that you want to create. This is a great way to recycle old golf
balls that you find on the range or in a thrift store.
Wash each golf ball with soap and water, we want to create a
clean surface before painting. Let the cleaned balls dry completely.
- Spray a base coat (yellow) on each golf ball – allowing time to dry. Then rotate the ball to complete spray painting the bottom of each. Not all bees are yellow but yellow and black are icon bee colors so we will stick with that!
- Use wire cutters to cut 6 wire legs ( 1 ½” long) for each bee and 2 (2” long) wires for the antenna of each bee. **Always wear safety glasses when cutting wires!
Bees have 6 legs because they are insects. Antennae are another important part of the bee body. One of their functions is smell - yes, bees can smell with their antennae!
- Use pliers to shape your wires. Give antennas a nice small curl at the end –
this works easier if you do both antennae at the same time.
Shape legs in a soft bend and curl the feet sections to avoid sharp edges.
- Mark and Drill Holes - Use a marker to mark locations for legs and antenna on each golf ball.
Legs should go in a line alone each side near the bottom of the ball. A pair of holes for the 2 antennae go near the top of the face. Drill the holes ½“ deep.
*If you don’t have a vice to hold the golf ball steady – use something else to steady it.
- Check to make sure the wire fits into the drilled holes. Now add a small dot of glue to the end of the wire and insert each on into the proper hole.
Optional : Glue a small screw onto the back of the ball to simulate a bee stinger. - While this is a cute idea for an adult gift - it can be dangerous if someone steps on it - ouch!
- Spray everything with another coat of base paint – yellow and let dry completely. Don't rush this part.
The amount of time needed for the paint to dry will depend on the temperature and humidity in the air.
- Use paint marker to draw strips on the yellow body. Draw 2 eyes beneath the antenna (just for looks - bees have 5 eyes!)
Painting the legs black also will allow some of the yellow to show through giving the illusion of stripes.
*For durable outside use, use and acrylic sealer to spray each one of the bee figures.
*If working with small children, consider drilling holes and cutting wire in advance. Then, they can assemble and paint.
Be sure to curl the ends of the wires to avoid cuts etc.
*Always wear appropriate safety equipment when crafting.
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Of course if you want to create a really big bee – learning how to make a clay pot honey bee is just the project for you.
Bees provide so much value to our lives. Bring a little sweetness to your life by making your own bee craft figures.