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.
Step 1: SUPPLIES
2X6 untreated wood
drill & bits
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
Step 3: WINGS
I also drilled the wing holes in the wood at a slight angle to make it appear as if the bee is flying.
Step 4: PAINTING AND SEALING EVERYTHING
And that little girl is my sistergldnhair. She is doing so well and I will always be thankful to the Instructables staff and community for their support. Even as a baby she was easy with a smile.
Step 5: EYES
Step 6: ANTENNA & WINGS
Step 7: DISPLAYING YOUR BEE
This particular day we will also be doing Dragonflies of the type that you can easily find on the web. Ceiling fan blades for the wings and decorative table legs for the bodies. However, I just could not find table legs at a reasonable price to fit with the craft club budget. So, we will be using 2x6 wood for the bodies. I'm hoping to update this Instructable with some picture of the projects the children make. Check back in the Fall if you want to see them.
Thanks for looking and I hope you have an amazing 2012 Summer.