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Mar 21

BEE-utiful spring wreath

Yesterday, I opened facebook, and realized everyone was a-buzz with the first day of spring. Oops. I fully intended to tell you about this adorable spring wreath on the first day of spring… but I thought that was today. Fail. Oh well.

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If you’ve been around a while you will remember that I refashioned a pair of flip flops for every week of spring last year. I thought about doing it again, but I just don’t want to. I may sneak in a pair or two before summer (cuz I do love my flip flops), but in general, spring will not be devoted to footwear this year. I will, however, be re-sharing last years flip flops on facebook every Saturday, follow me so you don’t miss a pair.

Back to the sweet buzz. (Please excuse bee pun after bee pun all post long.) 

What do you think about when you think about spring time? For most people spring is a time for baby animals and blossoming flowers. Not for my 2-year-old boy. For him, the most exciting part of spring is the resurgence of bugs. He is obsessed with bugs, all kinds of bugs. Big bugs, little bugs, ladybugs, butterflies, and bees. Bees are a particular favorite since he is also in a Winnie-the-Pooh stage. So, I decided to do a little something different with my spring wreath. I made it bee-utiful!

Guess what those sweet little bees are made out of?

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Yup, three different sizes of plastic Easter eggs. I used acrylic paint to coat the bottom of the eggs, and a paint pen to stripe the top. My stripes weren’t perfect, and I didn’t worry too much about it… I wanted them to BEE unique.

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While the eggs were drying, I wrapped my foam wreath form with black and white canvas ribbon, I like to use staples to hold the ribbon in place. One spool of ribbon was exactly the right amount. I hung the wreath and made a big wreath bow with of some yellow grosgrain ribbon.

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Once my eggs were dry, I popped them back together. Then, I made wings with nylon organza ribbon. I used a thinner ribbon for the little bees and a wider ribbon for the bigger guys. 

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To make each wing, I twisted the ribbon into a loop, and hot glued the loop together. I made four wings for each bee with a continuous strand of ribbon by forming two figure-8-type shapes on top of each other. I recommend a low-temp glue gun for this task, cuz you will, without a doubt, stick your finger in hot glue. Once the wings were complete, I hot glued them to the egg.

I gave them some googly eyes, just bee-cause, and they turned out bee-utiful.

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I adhered the bees to my wreath with hot glue, and fell in love. Seriously, this wreath is so cute.

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Most importantly, my little man loves it. In fact, I wish I would have had him help me with it. He could have helped paint the heads and assemble the bees.

I hope you have a bee-utiful spring!

 

- Laura


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  1. Marilyn

    This wreath is so cute! I absolutely LOVE it!

  2. Lucy

    I love the colors of this wreath! And the bees are so cute! Pinning this!

    1. Laura

      Thanks so much Lucy… and thanks for the pin!

  3. Emily

    SOOO cute! that turned out really fun! I love the bees ;o)

  4. Kat Ryan

    How cute are these?? I am LOVING those bees!!

    1. Laura

      Aren’t they? Thanks Kat, I love them too. I hope you whip some up this spring!

  5. Erlene

    What a cute idea for making bees. I may have make some of these just to put around the house.

    1. Laura

      The bees would be so cute buzzing around your house this spring, Erlene! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Gayle McDonald

    I want to make this for my sister, she is obsessed with bees! Thanks for sharing!

    Gayle x
    http://makethriftlovelife.blogspot.co.uk

    1. Laura

      Awesome, Gayle! I hope she loves it! Thanks for the follow!

  7. Gayle McDonald

    PS now following your blog x

  8. Mel

    really cute :)

  9. Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

    Laura – This is so cute! I love the idea of using bumblebees!! Super creative! Just hopping by from TT&J! Would love you to link this up at The Creative Connection!

    http://www.createcraftlove.com/2014/03/creative-connection-10.html

  10. Allison @ Dream a Little Bigger

    Hey, Miss Laura! I featured you as an honorable mention over at Link It or Lump It today. Super dang cute :)

    http://www.dreamalittlebigger.com/post/link-lump-32.html

  11. BESA GM

    This is sooooo cute. Love the bees, and the colors of the whreath.

  12. Kristy gd

    Love the little bees! And how clever to use those Easter eggs Laura! Perfect for this time of year.

  13. Emily

    This project was a hit in our recent newsletter! Thanks again for letting us share :)

    1. Laura

      Thank you Emily for the features! I love working with All Free Kid’s Crafts!

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