Thursday, June 16, 2022

Bumblebee Wall Decor DIY

 

There's something about bumblebee crafts that offers a refreshing feel of nature for spring and summer- and who doesn't love the look of those adorable handmade bees! Celebrate your love of bumblebees with this whimsical bumblebee wall decor diy! I know you've seen quite a few ready-made bumblebees just waiting to adorn a wreath, but how about instead of buying one - which can be somewhat costly - why not make your own! My adorable DIY bumblebee is made of corrugated cardboard covered in paper vinyl from the Dollar Tree and trimmed in grapevine garland. It's an adorable upcycle craft!
So let's get started with gathering the .  .  .
Materials:

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Head, body, wings paper templates
  • Craft knife, scissors
  • Paper Vinyl 
  • Grapevine garland
  • Floral Stem wire - brown 22 gauge
  • Ribbon- 2.5" wire
  • Chenille stems - black
  • Hot glue

Instructions:

I keep large boxes in my stash! I open and then flatten them to store. This type pf cardboard is perfect to cut out parts for the bumblebee.

 I made paper templates for the head, body and wings using simple oval, circle and teardrop shapes that I enlarge on printer paper and cut out. Then drew the shapes on cardboard.
Head

Body

Wings
Cutout .  .  .


and assembled to see how it would look. The bumblebee is 19" tall by 22" wide. A nice size for your front door or wall!
 Then I began to apply the paper vinyl (which has a adhesive backing) from the Dollar Tree to each part .  .  .
cutting the vinyl out in the shape of the bumblebee parts, leaving a border and 
removing the backing to smooth out over the edges onto the backside.
I know the edges look rather rough, but they will be covered with grapevine garland.
The Body .  .  .




I hot glued grapevine garland around the bumblebee head. Sorry, it was hard for me to take a picture while I was gluing it on.

Here, I added yellow vinyl stripes to the body before gluing on the grapevine garland.
I love that the vinyl paper has an adhesive backing. That certainly saves a lot of time and energy! Lol!
Applying the grapevine garland to the body.

Working on the wings .  .  .
and seeing how the wings would look with yellow dots.
Applying the grapevine garland.

Once all the parts were wrapped in grapevine garland, the bumble bee was put together using floral stem wire to secure it all. Glue could not provide any type of stability for the entire piece.




And finally, added chenille stems for the antennae to the head.

Backside with added hanger. I love that the vinyl paper is water resistant, too!

Made a bow using the Bowdabra - bow making tool!

Everything looks better with a bow! 

Super cute!
This adorable eye-catching bumblebee is perfect for anywhere in your home or front door! 




14 comments:

  1. That is adorable. I love it.

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  2. Your craft projects always make me smile Gail; this one is absolutely adorable. I do love bumblebees too!

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  3. Gail, this is perfect for the summer! I was wondering where you purchased the bee grapevine, you made it!!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial, I have some grapevine garland. I love your bee!

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  4. How smart you are foe figuring out the parts to cut out. It turned out really cute.

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  5. This is absolutely adorable Gail! Bee decor is always irresistible! That vinyl paper looks like awesome stuff, what a fun and brilliant creation, and the grapevine framing all the pieces really finishes it off perfectly...as does the cute bow! Love this!
    Jenna

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  6. Gail, you are so creative and your little bumblebee is as cute as can be--pinning! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

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  7. This is so, so cute! You did save a lot of money by making your own, that's for sure. Always a plus, but you also got to customize it for your home. This little guy is so cute & would make great party decor or a bee themed kitchen for the summer.
    XOXO,
    Niki

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  8. How darling your bee turned out. You always make things look so easy. This is perfect for my bee theme. Thanks for sharing at Love Your Creativity Gail. Happy week.

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  9. Gail,
    I adore this!! Love that you made it out of cardboard!! Great recycling idea!! So darn cute!! Thanks so much for stopping buy and commenting on my 2 posts!! I greatly appreciate you taking the time!!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  10. ADORABLE, Gail! I love that you made it with dollar tree materials and recycled cardboard. This is the cutest bee wreath I've seen in blog land!

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  11. Gail, you know how much I love bees. I hope you share this bee wall art next week at Love Your Creativity. This Sunday I am trying to feature patriotic decor. Happy Sunday.

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  12. Honestly I thought you had bought a shaped wreath (I think I even commented as such on social media!) This is SO much cleverer and imaginative that I realised! It's Bee-u-tiful!

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