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BADMINTON racket BUMBLE BEE

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I'm planning six classes for a local Summer craft club.    The biggest challenge is that we have very little money in which to pull this off, and I really want these children to be able to make items they will enjoy and wish to keep.  This project fits perfectly.

I found a bunch of bent Badminton rackets at a garage sale.  I explained what I would be using them for and the person at the sale gave me a great deal.  I also posted on Freecycle for 2x6 wood and rackets and managed to scrape enough items together for this project to become a reality.

I'm going to have all the bees cut out and sanded and all the rackets cut prior to the crafting day.  The children will be able to paint and spray and assemble.
 
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Step 1: SUPPLIES

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WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
  2X6 untreated wood
  Jigsaw
  Sand paper
  drill & bits
  wire
  Yellow & Black acrylic paint
  White spray paint
  Clear sealer spray paint
  two beads for eyes
  I justused  two little silver disks from the ends of packaged dough rolls
  2 Badminton rackets
  wire cutter or metal tin snip
  Paper & pencil to make a pattern - optional

Step 2: CUTTING AND SANDING

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I drew a basic Bee shape on the wood and cut it out with a jigsaw.  Sanded the edges so they were smooth.  I really don't want little fingers to get splinters.

Step 3: WINGS

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I found it almost impossible to cut through the racket with a hacksaw.  I then tried to use a tin snip and didn't think it would work, but amazed that it did.  I couldn't cut all the way through, but it was enough of a score that I could just snap the top of the racket from the bottom with a nice clean break.

I also drilled the wing holes in the wood at a slight angle to make it appear as if the bee is flying.
rrkrose1 year ago
This is such a creative way to reuse the rackets. Thanks for the great 'ible!
l8nite1 year ago
that is really cute and a brilliant idea !
cdawisconsin (author)  l8nite1 year ago
Thanks =)
Adorable.
cdawisconsin (author)  scoochmaroo1 year ago
Thank you =)
Oh that is adorably cute and clever. About the eyes, wouldn't it be really neat if you used a pair of solar lamps for the eyes so that they glow in the dark?

Even better, maybe your next project could be making a giant fire fly that glows at night using those previous techniques and solar lamps? Especially for the butt?

What do you think?
cdawisconsin (author)  Treasure Tabby1 year ago
That is such a good idea, thanks.
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