Summer’s in full swing right now. That means spending as much time outside as humanly possible without being stung by bees, wasps and hornets. I get that bees only do so in defence and are otherwise really important animals. But while certain people claim that the other two infamous beasts have some sort of purpose, we (mostly my girlfriend) try to avoid them at all costs.

I personally like bees for all they’re doing (except for the stinging part). Pollinating plants thus keeping them reproducing while creating honey truly makes them an incredible insect. And all that while rocking the colours of my favourite football team Borussia Dortmund.

The Bee That Doesn’t Sting

But not everyone would describe themselves as a bee lover, especially those who are allergic and might suffer fatal consequences from getting stung by the fluffy fly. Now for those of you who like their looks but won’t go near an actual bee (like my girlfriend) we got something: A really cute looking bee made out of cans.

And Here’s How You Do It:

Step 1: Take your favourite can and eat everything that’s inside. Then rinse it thoroughly and strip the label on the outside. Spray paint it in your favourite yellow tone and let it dry overnight.

Step 2: Use painter’s tape to seal the yellow colour where it’s supposed to remain and paint the open parts black creating the typical bee stripes. Again, let it dry.

Step 3: Drill holes, four (like we did, or six if you insist on biological accuracy) in the side that will later be the belly of your bee and one in the opposite side which is going to be used for the hanger.

Step 4: From a second (empty) can, cut out two parts resembling the shape of wings. This is the hardest part of this DIY, so you really need to be accurate. Sand the edges of the wings so you don’t cut yourself and glue them onto the bee’s back (the side with the one hole).

Step 5: Draw a filled black circle on the insides of two crown corks and glue the crown corks on the flat side of the can. Those are the bee’s eyes. Use a black marker to draw a smile below the eyes (of course only if you want your bee to be happy).

Step 6: Cut some black string in as many parts as you’ve drilled holes for legs, obviously in equal length. Tie or glue one end of each string to a yellow button, thread the other end through one hole each and make a knot so they don’t fall out.

Step 7: Thread another, longer piece of string through the bee’s hole in the back, make a knot inside the can and tie the other end wherever you want your bee to hang.

Step 8: Enjoy looking at your bee with a chilled can of soda, all while not getting stung. 🙂

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