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Give our pollinator friends the help and appreciation they deserve this spring, with these cute ideas
Bees and other pollinating insects play an essential role in ecosystems – a third of all our food depends on their pollination! So it’s important that we do what we can to help out our buzzy friends. If you’re a talented cardmaker and sell your makes, why not donate a bit of your earnings to bee-helping charities? You can even use a cute bee-themed die set such as Tattered Lace’s Ornamental Bumble Bees (456131), which features the round, fluffy creatures with their wings open as if in flight. Combine with decorative honeycomb papers for fantastic results.
Bees are always hard at work, collecting pollen for their community, so they can sometimes exhaust themselves. Giving them a nice drink and place to rest will help out greatly, plus it’s a fun crafting opportunity. Fill a shallow basin, dish or bowl with water, and place several decorative rocks inside for the little critters to sit on. The outside of the basin can also be decorated, with pretty tiles, paints or embellishments.
In case you missed the fantastic art piece at the Creative Craft Show in NEC, Birmingham, the crafty group Grans on the Make have been busy at work, knitting cute little bees to raise awareness of the plight of the honeybee. You can help the cause by buying their Bee Bombs (wildflower seeds), or donating knitted bees for them to sell – the patterns can be found on their website and Facebook page! All proceeds go to the charity Park View 4U, to help create bee-friendly habitats.
Show your appreciation for the round, fluffy critters by stitching a cute skirt or top from a cartoony printed fabric, such as Leap Into Spring Busy Bee Cotton Fabric (467302). The sweet printed bees tumble about the fabric with spiral trails, and are interspersed with pretty daisies, making for a lovely, lighthearted look. You can make the most of the gradually warming weather with a cute pleated, accordion or wrap skirt, or opt for a sweet t-shirt.
A lack of bee-friendly flowers endangers our pollinator friends, so why not turn your own garden (or a section of it) into a bountiful paradise? Lilacs, penstemon, lavender, sage, verbena and wisteria are all spring-blooming plants that bees love, and they look beautiful themselves. You can even grow them in plant pots, for a chance for some fun mixed media decorations. Sticking on pieces of tile with coloured glue, like Hobbytec’s Colour Assortment Glue Sticks (468436), will make for a gorgeous mosaic effect.
You can teach the children in your life all about the importance of honey bees while making some fun crafts together. For a paper bee, cut out an oval and a circle from yellow paper for the body and head, and let the little one have fun colouring the stripes and smiley face. Stick together on an ice lolly stick or straw, for a stand, decorate with googly eyes, pipe cleaner legs and organza ribbon wings, then let your little one run wild with their finished make, buzzing the whole time.
There’s nothing fluffier and cuter than a pom-pom bee! Using a pom-pom maker, wrap the yarn around the sides in stripes, mirrored on the other side for a neat effect. As before, you can sew on organza ribbon for wings, and pipe cleaners for legs and antennae. Make sure to use a vibrant yarn, such as Caron’s Simply Soft Lemonade (389919), for a delightfully charming end result. Once you’re done, you can place them on the mantelpiece or coffee table, or even string them up to hang from a little child’s ceiling.