This DIY empty toilet paper roll bumble bee I made on Facebook Live the other day turned out so adorable that I knew I just had to turn it into a blog post for you. I love crafting with things that I find around the house. Things I would normally throw away, such as empty toilet paper rolls and left-over cans from dinner. I actually have a big clothes basket in my craft closet with these types of things. I like to disinfect the toilet paper rolls though before I use them.
Before we get started, there’s a few things you should know. Number one I have no clue what size the foam ball is that I used for the bumble bees head. I just had it laying around in my craft stash. You could probably put one of the empty toilet paper rolls in your purse and take it to the store with you to hold it up for size.
Next, I used Rusty wire for the antenna on this bee, but if you’re doing this project with kids, I would recommend using pipe cleaner instead. I always get tons of question about the rusty wire that I use. It is called rebar wire and you can find it in with the cement at just about any home improvement store. You can look up tons of recipes on the Internet to figure out how to rust your wire. I just put a little water in the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket and let my wire sit in there over the summer and it just rusted naturally.
- Empty roll of toilet paper that has been sprayed with some disinfectant
- foam ball
- yellow paint
- crazy crow or black paint
- white paint
- paint brushes
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- rusty wire
- blush and Q-tip
- card stock
Step 1: Paint both the foam ball and the toilet paper roll yellow. Allowed to dry. You can use a heat gun or a blow dryer to help speed up this process but be careful with your foam ball as it will melt if it gets too hot.
Step 2: You can then take a paintbrush and add black stripes around the toilet paper roll for the bee’s body. If you want, you can tape it off, so your lines are nice and straight, but I just did it freehand. I think the little mistakes from making things freehand give them more character and make them look more homemade. That’s just my personal opinion. Allowed to dry.
Step 3: It’s time to make the bees face. To do this, I dipped the end of a paintbrush in some black paint and dotted it on for the eyes.
I then took a little piece of rusty wire and bent it in the shape of a mouth and stuck it into the foam ball for its mouth. If you don’t want to do it this way, you could probably draw it on. I just had a little bit of trouble with that. The foam seemed to take the pen wherever it wanted to go and not where I wanted it to go, lol.
And finally, you know I had to add some cheeks. To do this, I just dipped a Q-tip into some blush and applied it in a circular motion for the cheeks. I always think cheeks just add a little something extra to your projects to make them super cute. But I would say this step is completely optional and up to you whether or not you want to add them.
Step 4: Now let’s add some antennas to this cute bumblebee. Just take some rusty wire and wrap it around a pencil to get some curly cues. Then push it into the foam ball at the top of the Bee’s head. I like to add a tiny dab of glue to the top of the wire where it’s super sharp just so I don’t cut myself.
Step 5: To make this guy look a little more rustic. I took some of the crazy Crow paint and used it like an antique wax. You can snag a bottle of crazy Crow paint HERE.
Step 6: This little guy wouldn’t be a bumblebee without a set of wings, so let’s make some. To make the wings, I just folded a piece of paper in half and traced the wing on and cut it out. I am not a very good artist, so I’m sure you could probably draw much better wing than what I did. What I initially wanted to do was to make the wings out of one of the Dollar Tree tin pizza pans, but I didn’t have any, so I just went with some cardstock. I painted the wing black and then once it was dry, I dried brush some white chalk paint. This just gave it a rustic field to match the rest of the be.
Step 7: The very last step is to glue the bees head onto the body and add some embellishments. I just added a little piece of white ribbon around the collar of the bee, But I think a bow would look cute too.
If you decide to make this DIY I’d love to hear from ya! You can drop a comment below or message me on any of my social media pages. Hope you have a blessed weekend and as always remember to keep it simple. Catch ya next week my friends! Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, youtube