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Coffee Filter Bumble Bee Craft

Looking for a cute summer craft for kids? This easy coffee filter bumble bee is perfect.

You can create this coffee filter and clothespin bee craft in about 30 minutes with your kids. It uses a few basic craft supplies and easy to follow instructions.

For more summer crafts, check out our coffee filter butterflies, coffee filter dragonfly, soda bottle blossoms, frog paper bag puppet, and homemade kaleidoscope.

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Woman's hand holding finished bee in forefront made with clothespin and coffee filter. Another bee is standing up on end of clothespin in background.

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Bee Coffee Filter Craft

Aren’t these bumble bees adorable? I think they are so cute and I love the sparkly wings.

Kids of all ages will have fun creating their very own bee made out of coffee filters and clothespins.

Coffee filter crafts are perfect for preschool and kindergarten children. The kids can help with decorating the wings and painting the clothespins.

Older kids may be able to complete this bee craft project on their own with adult supervision, but younger children may need more assistance with assembly.

I recommend using a hot glue gun because it makes the craft more durable, especially if you use it for a decoration. Plus, it dries quicker. 

However, if you are making these with younger children, you may want an alternative to hot gluing. 

You may try using tacky craft glue (that’s my favorite one to use), but you will need additional drying time.

I know this project doesn’t create a scientific model of a bee, but it’s a great fit for a bee study unit. It’s a good opportunity to discuss how bees are pollinators, how honey is made, and read the book Peek Inside a Beehive.

When they are completed, use the bees to hang in the window, on a banner or to decorate the top of a gift bag.

Overhead view of two finished coffee filter bees laying vertically on gray wood background.

Coffee Filter Bee Craft Supplies

How to Make Coffee Filter Bumble Bees

Start by flattening a round white coffee filter. Apply an iridescent glitter glue in a swirl pattern over the entire coffee filter and set aside to dry.  

Glitter glue swirl pattern on white coffee filter.

Next, clip the wooden clothespin to a scrap of cardboard (this makes it easier to handle while painting). Then paint all surfaces of the clothespin with bright yellow craft paint. Set aside to dry. 

Two wooden clothespins clipped to small piece of cardboard with hand holding the cardboard. One clothespin is painted yellow and the other is unpainted. Paintbrush and yellow paint lay nearby.

Once dry, paint the top one-third of the clothespin (this will be the bee’s head) black. Paint black stripes along the length of the clothespin (bee’s body) and set aside to dry.

Two clothespins painted yellow with black stripes next to paintbrush and black paint.

After everything has dried, gather the glittered coffee filter in the center by pinching it between your fingers and thumb.  Fan out the filter on the sides to create the wings.

Glue two googly eyes to the head of the bee.

Bee craft assembly steps laid out visually with pinched coffee filter, painted clothespin, googly eyes, bent pipe cleaner, glue gun, and completed project.

Cut a black chenille stem in half with scissors. Then bend it in the center and curl both ends to create antenna. Glue the pipe cleaner antenna to the top of the bee’s clothespin head with glue.  

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Close view of finished coffee filter and clothespin bee craft with gray wood background.

Coffee Filter Bee Craft

Yield: 1
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Coffee filters and clothespins transform into a cute bee craft for kids!

Materials

  • Round White Coffee Filters
  • Iridescent Glitter Glue
  • Wooden Spring Clothespins
  • Googly Eyes
  • Black Chenille Stem (pipe cleaners)
  • Black Craft Paint
  • Bright Yellow Craft Paint

Tools

  • Low Temp Glue Gun or tacky craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Scrap of Cardboard

Instructions

  1. Start by flattening a round white coffee filter. Apply an iridescent glitter glue in a swirl pattern over the entire coffee filter and set aside to dry.  
  2. Next, clip the wooden clothespin to a scrap of cardboard (this makes it easier to handle while painting). Then paint all surfaces of the clothespin with bright yellow craft paint. Set aside to dry. 
  3. Once dry, paint the top one-third of the clothespin (this will be the bee’s head) black. Paint black stripes along the length of the clothespin (bee’s body) and set aside to dry.
  4. After everything has dried, gather the glittered coffee filter in the center by pinching it between your fingers and thumb. Fan out the filter on the sides to create the wings.
  5. Glue two googly eyes to the head of the bee.
  6. Cut a black chenille stem in half with scissors. Then bend it in the center and curl both ends to create antenna.
  7. Glue the pipe cleaner antenna to the top of the bee’s clothespin head with glue. 

Notes

Drying time and project completion time may vary.

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