We found a great way to print patterns onto a beehive – using the tops of small plastic water bottles. They make great beehive shapes – and even though they are not 100% accurate – meaning they are not hexagons, they will do nicely!


  • Empty soda or water bottles (lid removed) (small ones work the best as small hands can hold them)
  • Yellow and black paint
  • Cardboard
  • A little hand or two
  • Materials for eyes, wings and feelers for the bees... we used googly eyes and earbuds


  1. Cut out your beehive shape and add some paint to a plate.
  2. Dip the top of the bottle into the paint and print away! It is that simple. It looks great!
  3. The beehive now needs some bees!

    We used our hands to make them. Paint on stripes and print print print!
  4. Once the hand prints are dry, shadow cut around them and add wings and eyes and feelers! Put it all together and you have a great bee filled beehive!

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Hi! I am Julie from Emma Owl. Julie: Masters & Phd in patience, Tantrum & Melt down Negotiator, Tooth brushing Instructor, Manners Expert, Toy repair Specialist, Play-date social Secretary - Coordinator of Chaos. With a corporate background I am now full time Mommy to two Children, and loving every minute of it! I manage the Emma Owl Blog, it keeps me busy and keeps my mind active. Originally from South Africa I am now a fully fledged Dutchwoman! Windmills and all!

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