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How to Make a Pipe Cleaner Bee

Do you need to entertain your kids on a rainy day? You can help them to create a charming craft in minutes--pipe cleaner bees. With only a few household items, they can make these adorable bees as gifts, decorations or just for fun.

Things You'll Need:

  • 2 black 12-inch pipe cleaners for each bee
  • 1 yellow 12-inch pipe cleaner
  • Scissors or nail clippers
  • Wiggly eyes and glue (optional)

Twist 1 black and 1 yellow pipe cleaner together, forming a black and yellow striped stick. You can also use a single yellow and black striped pipe cleaner if you have one. Wrap the stick around your smallest finger and then release it to form a body coil.

Cut a 3-inch section from another black pipe cleaner. Wrap it around a pencil to form a slightly smaller head coil. Attach the two coils by tightly winding together one end from each.

Clip a 1-inch section of black pipe cleaner. Bend it in half, forming a tight V shape of a bee stinger. Fasten the V to the back end of the bee by wrapping the loose ends around the rear coil.

Bend the remaining length of black pipe cleaner into a pretzel shape, twisting the ends to itself to hold the shape. Join the wings to the body by twisting the lower edge into a middle coil.

Shape the bee body to suit your taste. You can squish the pieces for a tight shape, or pull on them for a loose, crafty look. Glue wiggle eyes to the head if desired.


  • If you don't want to dull scissors by cutting metal pipe cleaners, use an old pair of nail clippers. Pipe cleaner bees can add décor to houseplants. Glue one to a craft stick and insert in the pot. Add a few to your flower garden to attract real bees to pollinate the flowers.


  • These bees can present a choking hazard to children under the age of 5. Adult supervision is required.

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