To expand on the Paper Frog Puppet Craft we just shared, I wanted to show you all another fun spring/summer paper craft project. This Bee Puppet Paper Craft pairs perfectly with the frog character we previously shared, to start you on your own set of puppet theater characters!
Bee Puppet Paper Craft with free printable template
I can’t decide which one of these paper puppets I like more – the bee or the frog! Just like with the frog, if you don’t want or need a puppet, these can also be used as plant sticks (think artificial plants!), bookmarks, or anything else you can think of. You can even add a small magnet to the back to create a fridge magnet or glue them to a card for a loved one.
And just like with the frog, this craft is super simple to put together!
To get started, you’ll need a few basic supplies:
- Colored craft papers
- Craft glue
- Popsicle sticks
- Free Printable Template (found below)
After gathering up your supplies and printing out your template, select yellow, pink, black and white (or any color of your choice for the wings) colored craft papers for the craft.
Trace the wing patterns onto white paper, the antenna patterns on black paper, and the 2 small circles on pink paper. Then trace the head and the lower body pattern on yellow colored craft papers. Cut out the traced patterns.
The white circles located directly under the antenna on your template will be for the eyes. You can use them straight from the template page or trace them onto white cardstock. After coloring in and creating your eyes, carefully cut them out and place them with the rest of your template pieces.
Take the head cutout and stick it with the lower body cutout by slightly overlapping it from the top end (opposite to the pointy end). Use the image below as a guideline.
Attach the antenna cutouts on the top side of the head pattern and attach the eyes and the blush (pink circles) as well. If you want, you can trim or fold back any excess from the pink circles, as shown below.
Use a black sharpie or marker pen to draw the strips on the lower body pattern. I also added some details on the eyes and a smile.
Attach the wing cutouts on both sides of the lower body pattern. If you want, use marker or sharpie to add in details to the wing patterns.
You can now set your bee aside to dry or attach it to a popsicle stick to create a puppet, bookmark, or plant stick.
Allow everything to dry completely and your craft is complete!
Use the additional template pieces to create the flower (or multiple ones in a rainbow of colors).
Ready to get started on your own bee and flower paper puppet? Click the button below to grab the free printable template.