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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  • Awwwww this is soooo cute! I’ll pass it on to m friends for their littlies xox thanks…


  • What a great way to use them love the idea


  • Very cute! Are the bees handprints?


  • Absolutely love this idea! Cute and keep the kids entertained~~~


  • What a cute and clever idea. Great project for our school classroom


  • What fun. The kids will really get a buzz out of this project!


  • very, very cute! thanks for sharing this bee inspired idea


  • Was wondering if painted bubble wrap would also give an effect. (Paint on then print) ?
    Love the bee’s also would have been nice to have had the instructions but I guess we get the basic idea. thanx.

    • Bubble wrap sounds like a great idea. This looks lovely in any case.

      • Thanks for sharing your good idea; bubble wrap. Would look effective!


  • Thanks for sharing this creative and clever idea; these bees look so cute. They look easy to create; however a small list of steps to follow may be useful? Thanks.

    • Yeah, I as wondering where the instructions were.


  • love this, another activity ill be doing.


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