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DIY Bees & Butterflies

DIY Bees & Butterflies

DIY Bees and Butterflies
August 24, 2020

Toilet paper tubes can be repurposed for all sorts of crafts and hours of creativity. In this fun activity, take some inspiration from our summer pollinators and make your own DIY bees and butterflies using recycled toilet paper tubes.


Gather Your Supplies:

DIY Bees and Butterflies

  • Toilet paper tube(s)
  • Construction paper or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue 
  • Stapler (optional)
  • Googly eyes, pompoms, sequins, paint, etc., to decorate (optional)

Step 1: 

DIY Bees and Butterflies
DIY Bees and Butterflies
Lay the toilet paper tube at the corner of your paper and mark where it ends. Roll it and the paper until the tube is covered. You’ll want a little overlap. Mark that point and cut the rectangle out.


Step 2: 

DIY Bees and Butterflies
Put a line of glue along the tube and wrap the paper around it, adding another line of glue to secure the overlap.


Step 3: 

DIY Bees and Butterflies
To make a bee, cut out strips of another color paper using the same technique as in Step 1 and secure as in Step 2.  Use your imagination and decorate as you see fit!

Step 4: 

DIY Bees and Butterflies
Trace the end of a tube onto a piece of paper that will serve as the head. Cut it out and decorate it! Glue it to the toilet paper tube.

DIY Bees and Butterflies


Step 5: 

DIY Bees and Butterflies
Cut out wings and decorate them. Consider adding legs or a stinger, too! Fun fact: Insects have three pairs of legs and usually two pairs of wings. Glue the wings onto the backside of your tube.

DIY Bees and Butterflies


Step 6: 

Snip a pipe cleaner to an appropriate length (about 4 inches), bend in half, decorate, and/or curl the tips down. Secure to your bee or butterfly.  (A stapler works better than glue.)
DIY Bees and Butterflies
DIY Bees and Butterflies