Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Craft Project - Wooden Spool Bee Hive Shelf Sitter

If you are looking for a little country craft project that features lady bugs and bumble bees, I think you will agree that this one is too cute! You can easily make this wooden spool bee hive shelf sitter in less than 2 hours.

Wooden Spool Bee Hive Shelf Sitter 

Supplies Needed:

unfinished 3" tall wooden spool
unfinished 2 1/2" tall wooden bee hive
3 unfinished wooden 1/4" tall lady bug shapes
2 unfinished wooden 1" tall bee shapes
1 unfinished 1" diameter wooden leaf
3 strands of 12" long raffia (for making the bow)
acrylic paints: brown, gold metallic, yellow, red, black, white
paint brushes - fine tip and a flat brush
wood glue or all-purpose crafting glue
clear acrylic spray sealer
paper towels and a dish of water (for cleaning your brushes)

Tip: If you own some paint pens, you can certainly paint the smaller items (bumble bees, lady bugs and the leaf with them to save on time).

Step 1: Paint all of your wood pieces with the colors shown in the photograph. Let them dry for 15 to 20 minutes before flipping them over and painting the undersides.

Step 2: Glue the wooden bee hive to the top of your spool, making sure to press them firmly together so that there are no gaps. Glue two lady bugs and two bumble bees to the top and sides of the hive as shown in the photograph, followed up by one lady bug glued onto the wooden spool.

Step 3: Spray your entire project with a light misting of clear acrylic sealer. (note - you want to do this before attaching the raffia bow).

Step 4: Cut your raffia down into 12" long strands and form a bow. Trim ends so that its appropriately sized and glue it onto the front of your spool. You might have to hold it in place for a minute or two. Put a glob of glue onto the backside of your leaf shape and affix it to the center of your raffia bow.

1 comment:

Healthy Perspectives said...

This one is too darn cute and it reminds me of your Bee. :)

Your craft projects are always amazing. I love them!

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