Jami’s Rustic Bumble Bee Favors featuring DecoArt & Styrofoam

by Freckled Laundry on April 28, 2012

I fell in love with these b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l. honey themed wedding photos on Pinterest not so along ago.



Okay, one more because they are just too charming!


(For more honey wedding/party themed inspiration, follow my honey love board on Pinterest!)

I don’t plan on having a second wedding anytime soon so I thought I’d throw a honey themed 3rd birthday party for my twins. It works perfectly for boys and girls…and I have one of each.

The party isn’t until September but here is the rustic honey bee pencil-topper favor that I made yesterday…

What you will need is listed above but here are the specific colors and products used:

DecoArt Magikote (Love the stuff. I don’t think I’ll ever paint Styrofoam again without it. Makes such a difference!)

DecoArt Americana Paint in Bittersweet Chocolate

DecoArt Americana Paint inĀ  Snow White

DecoArt American Paint in Pineapple

1.5″ Styrofoam ball

I opted for a deep chocolate brown instead of black.

First, coat your styrofoam ball with 2-3 coats of Magikote and let dry. It takes a few hours and will look a bit plastered like this afterward…

*Shake your Magikote bottle very well before you paint! The paper gesso settles to the bottom and if you don’t mix well, it will be too runny. It should go around rather thick. Ask me how I know. ;)

Next, paint the entire ball with the Pineapple yellow paint. Let dry. (Or use a blow dryer to speed up the process.)

Paint your Bittersweet Chocolate brown stripes and face. (Sorry for no photo here!)

Once dry, just push you twig pieces into the styrofoam ball. I added two twigs for wings and one for the stinger.

Use hot glue to apply the burlap to the wing twigs, the jute mouth, and button eyes.

(I already had one eye glued on before I remembered to snap the photo below!)


I decided to use my little bee as a pencil topper…

…but you certainly don’t need to.

My baby girl didn’t waste any time giving Mr. Bee a smooch and flying lesson! KID APPROVED.

Here are a few more shots of the finished bee.

I had so much fun making this rustic little fella only to have my nine year-old say, “Nice bunny mom.” Ha!

Thanks for reading.

For more project ideas, I author the blog…

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(Come August, you’ll be seeing a bunch more honey themed projects!)

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Cheri April 28, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Those are soooo cute. I told my hubby a few weeks ago that I want to make our own honey.


cassie April 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm

these are too cute, jami!

Scandi Coast Home April 29, 2012 at 6:05 am

These are sooooo cute Jami……
I’d love to know how you find the energy!
Are you doing bunnies next? ;o)
Tania xx

Freckled Laundry April 29, 2012 at 10:42 am

Thank you, Cheri! I would LOVE to make our own honey as well. We actually have a honey bee nest in our siding. We are having to have the siding removed for a live capture. I can only imagine the size of the comb considering it’s been there for 2 years now (that I’ve noticed). I thought about getting a bee box myself but with the littles and a rather small lot (only an acre), I’m afraid of what could happen if they were to get curious. I also want to build a chicken coop for fresh eggs. Sure the neighbors would love that!…but I did call the town and there aren’t any restrictions so I’m safe there.

Freckled Laundry April 29, 2012 at 10:43 am

Thank you, Cassie!

jet May 3, 2012 at 6:33 am

this is soooooo cute, love it, well done!!!!!;-D

jet May 3, 2012 at 6:36 am

this is soooooo cute, love it, well done!!!!!;-D
thank you for sharing this and the great tute you’ve made;-D

Sharon May 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

Very cute, Jami! These would make great teacher’s gifts, too, or could hang from a mobile. So many ideas! Thank you for the tutorial, and I just linked up from the StyroCrafts’ Facebook page. Sharon

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