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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  • Beeutiful


  • hand print bees


  • This is very cute! Thanks for sharing! Will try it with my toddler!


  • Oh my god I love these. Great for my little one to take to kinder. May even be a great activity for the class. Very inventive


  • Great idea thanks for sharing


  • A really creative idea. Thanks so much for sharing!


  • cute and coloured bees.


  • what an idea…never thought this could be so easy :)


  • A cute result. Thank you.


  • That’s too cute, and very wel thought out. Love it


  • great craft idea for young ones


  • Thanks another great idea


  • very cute idea, bright and colourful


  • These are un bee lievably Cute!!!!


  • heya! so we had a go at making this craft activity. My eldest child was able to use the lid to stamp the circles.

    My tips is for the littlier children

    Give them the bottle and let them stamp with the mouth on that. I found that it was easier for them to hold on to plus gave them more surface area to push down on so their print came out better. Also for the real littlies- they get to have a go at stamping and there is no risk of them swallowing the lid.

    • i hope that someone finds this tip helpful.


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