Make this cute little critter for decoration or for a buggy buddy.
Designed by Dondi Richardson
- Styrofoam™ Brand Foam:
1½-inch Ball (1 for head)
2-inch Ball (1 for body or trunk)
2½-inch Egg (1 for abdomen)
1-inch Ball (1 for eyes)
- Foam Saw or Serrated Knife
- Acrylic Paint: Yellow, Black
- Black Chenille Stems (4)
- Translucent Paper (for wings)
- Paper and Pencil (to make wing template)
- White Tacky Glue
- Wire Cutters (to cut chenille stems)
Paint the 1½-inch ball, 2½-inch egg and 1-inch ball with black. Paint the 2-inch ball with yellow. Let dry. If desired, paint a couple of yellow stripes on the tail.
Assemble the body parts on your work surface as shown. Press the parts together firmly where they meet to create indents in the foam. To link the parts together, cut two 1½-inch pieces of chenille stem and insert one end into each part where they meet and push the parts together. For added support, glue can be applied to the chenille stems before inserting.
To make the eyes: cut the 1-inch black ball in half and squeeze with fingers to form small rounded eyes. Cut two 2-inch pieces of chenille stem and fold each in half for the center of the eye. Position the eyes about ¼-inch apart on the head and push the cut ends of the folded chenille stems through the eyes and into the head to hold them in place.
To make the mandibles and tongue: cut two 1½-inch pieces of chenille stem and insert about ¼-inch apart to the front of the face. To make the tongue or proboscis, cut one 2-inch chenille stem, curve it slightly and push it into the face just below the mandibles.
To make the antenna and stinger: cut one 6-inch piece of chenille stem, fold in half and glue the fold into the top of the head. Cut one 1-inch chenille stem and push into the back of the tail for the stinger.
To make the wings: draw a wing template on paper, about 4½-inches long and 2½-inches at the widest point. (Note: most bees have a larger fore wing and smaller rear wing.) Trace the wing template onto translucent paper. The wings are attached together and work as one. Cut two 1-inch pieces of chenille stem and bend in half to make a staple. Push the stem staple through the end of the wing and into the side of the 2-inch ball towards the top, one wing on each side.
To make the legs: cut six 4-inch pieces of chenille stem. Bend a small loop in the end of each leg for a foot. Make a slight bend halfway up the leg for the knee and push three legs into each side of the 2-inch ball body, down towards the belly.
Use photo as a guide and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD- Small parts. Not for children under 3 years of age.