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paper plate bee craft with recycled newspaper and torn paper

Paper Plate Bee

Perfect for spring or Earth Day, this paper plate bee uses torn paper and recycled newspaper.
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Keyword: paper plate, recycled, Spring
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Activity Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: Kate Williams


  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black pen
  • Paintbrush
  • Sellotape


  • 1 Paper plate
  • Paint yellow
  • Paper white (scrap paper is perfect)
  • Paper or card black
  • Newspaper


  • Grab a paper plate and paint it yellow, leave it to dry.
  • Cut two circles out of white paper and glue them on to make your bee's eyes. Draw dots in the middle with a black marker pen to make for the pupils.
    paper plate bee craft how to eyes
  • Tear some strips of black paper or card to make the stripes for your bee. I tore mine length-ways to ensure that they would fit the whole way across the paper plate.
    torn paper for bee craft
  • Glue the strips of black card across your paper plate to give it the stripes on it's body. If your stripes go over the edge of the paper plate (as mine did) just neaten it up by cutting the ends off.
  • Next cut your wing shapes out of your newspaper and sellotape these onto the back of your paper plate.
    bee craft with newspaper
  • Finally turn your paper plate back over and draw a little smile onto your bees face. Let's keep our bee's happy!


I've used torn paper for this craft but if tearing is a bit tricky for your child or you fancy practising their use of scissors then just cut the strips of black card instead.
Likewise I've gone with newspaper for the bee's wings but if you don't have any at home use whatever you have, normal white paper would be fine and if you want to keep an element of reusing paper for this craft you could always use the back of a piece of paper that's been used before, we quite often use the backs of school newsletters etc for this kind of thing.
Tried this?Mention @craftsonsea - we'd love to see and maybe share it!