"Bee Mine" Honey Stick Valentine

We are a honey-loving family, so it seemed like the perfect alternative to candy this Valentine's Day. Kids will still get something sweet, but it's natural and good for them!

I think farmers' markets everywhere have these great honey sticks, and my kids can spot them like an eagle the moment we arrive. These individual honey sticks work perfectly for this Valentine craft (and sometimes you can even find flavored honey).

When we decided to hand out honey, it was pretty easy to figure out our little honey stick passenger. A bee of course!--and he couldn't be any cuter.

  1. Ages: 3 - 11

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Once you take a trip to the local farmers' market for some natural sweetness, you can gather your other materials. You will need googly eyes, glue, pipe cleaners (1 yellow, 1 black, and a half of another color of your choice for wings), heart cut out, and tape.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    First, use the half pipe cleaner to shape two loops for wings.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Next, attach the wings right onto the honey stick. My daughter needed some help with this step.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Once your wings are on, you can start wrapping the black and yellow pipe cleaners at the same time. (This will secure the wings in place more too.) After I started this step, I handed it off to Emma and she had a lot of fun creating the bee body. She was a little disappointed that there was no stinger. (I have no idea why, but I guess she really appreciates a good bee stinger)

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    After the pipe cleaner is wrapped around the stick, add on the googly eyes with a dab of glue.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    Bee mine! We used some heart cut-out for this, but construction paper would work like a charm as well. Emma personalized these tags for her friends.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Done!

    We used some tape to stick on the heart cut outs--then we were all set! Aren't homemade valentines fantastic?!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

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