Today we have our first DIY project, How to Make a Bee Nut, courtesy of the stellar nutty artist, Anne Wolfe. It’s a fun, easy, and timely project. The seeds, aka helicopters, from maple trees make great wings and they fall this time of year.
First, I’d like you to meet our inspiration, Alison “Ali” F. of St. Petersburg, FL. Arms wide open, laughing, carefree, surrounded by bubbles … doesn’t she exemplify the LN motto “live well and out of the shell”?
Plus, she’s wearing a Bee Nuts shirt, a gift from her grandpa.
The second most common meaning of nuts in the Urban Dictionary is “extremely enthusiastic”. And Ali appears to be the poster child for that too. Thanks, Sybil, for sharing your daughter Ali’s picture and bonus points for including the bumblebee purse in the background!!
Supplies, in order of use, for making your own Bee Nut:
1- bamboo skewer – optional but very helpful for holding the peanut while painting
Finished nail – optional but very helpful to make starter hole for skewer
1 peanut in shell
2 – maple tree seeds, aka helicopters, for wings
Yellow and black acrylic paint; a tiny bit of white paint for eyes – optional
Empty can or piece of Styrofoam to hold bee while it dries
2 tiny black balls – optional for antennae. Use what you have, a bit of clay, clip from a pipe cleaner, bit of thread …
Water base sealer/glue to protect the finished bee. We like glossy Modge Podge though any will work.
Basics: paint the nut yellow, add black stripes, a face and add two “helicopters” for wings.
Pointers: Almost any peanut will work. In our professional nut opinion, the end of the nut with the seam pointed down is best for the face. The other end, where the vine grew, makes a natural back end. Too much info? We’re nut nuts; it’s an occupational hazard.
It’s easier to hold, and work with the nut, when it is on a skewer. If a child is making the bee, it’s best for an adult to do this part. Shells have been cracked, and bees lost, when trying to insert the skewer. Make a starter hole with the nail and use the pointed end of the skewer to enlarge it to fit the skewer. Apply a little glue if needed to secure.
Now you can hold the skewer in one hand and paint the bee-to-be all yellow with the other. Allow bee to dry by placing the skewer in a cup or vase or into a scrap piece of Styrofoam.
Once dry, use the black paint to add stripes, face and a tail. We like to add a dot of white in the eyes. See pic below.
Glue on the “wings”. Bonus hint – no need to pour or squirt the glue. A skewer or an old chopstick works great. Stick it directly in the bottle for just a dab of glue.
Time to seal and protect your bee. Pour a bit of sealer, like the size of a quarter, into your hands and gently rub all over the bee and the wings. Add antennae and you’re done.
Now, go nuts and Bee Nuts. May they inspire us all to live well and with extreme enthusiasm.