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Outdoor Crafts: Busy Bee Plant Poke

Outdoor Crafts: Busy Bee Plant Poke

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

You and your child can create a buzz about your garden with this bright bottle bee.


  • Black electrical tape
  • Button nose
  • Double-sided foam tape
  • Googly eyes
  • 16-gauge wire
  • Pliers
  • Large nail
  • Bamboo plant stake
  • Plastic mesh canvas
  • Hole punch
  • Mustard bottle


First, wrap strips of black electrical tape around a clean, empty 9-ounce yellow squeeze-style mustard bottle (labels removed). Add a face by using double-sided foam tape to attach large googly eyes and a black button nose to the bottom of the bottle.

For the antennae, cut two 4-inch pieces of 16-gauge wire and curl the ends with pliers. Use a pushpin or a small nail (parents only) to poke 2 holes near the bottom edge of the container and slip in the wires.

Next, use a large nail to make 2 holes directly opposite each other in the top and bottom of the bee, then push a bamboo plant stake through the holes. For wings, cut a butterfly shape from a sheet of plastic mesh canvas (available at craft stores; our wings were 6 inches across at their widest point).

Use a hole punch to make a hole in the center, then push the wings onto the stake and plant the bee in an outdoor pot or in your garden.