Gracie Bees & How To Use Them

‘Gracie Bees’ are one of my fun projects I have been making for a few years now. They adorn my DIY canisters, carry ‘Be Attitude’ messages on my magnets and brighten the day of a friend in sunshine boxes. I keep reinventing them with different colors and various styles of wings.
Here is a tutorial for the Gracie Bees and particular ways I use them.

Gracie Bees on DIY Canisters.

Supplies I Use

  • Glass Jars with Lids- I use gallon jars
  • white primer
  • yellow paint
  • 1/2″ black masking tape. I used tape for my stripes instead of painting them.
  • stencils
  • black paint of black sharpie marker.
  • mod podge dishwater safe
  • newspaper
  • paint brush
  • pencil
  • Bee Décor: DIY Kitchen Canister Project

      Take labels off jars and clean them with hot sudsy water and let dry

    Bee Kitchen Canisters

      Lay down news paper to avoid paint getting on your work surface
      Paint jar with primer and let dry. You can give it one of two coats.
      Next take the yellow paint and paint the jars completely and let dry. I did 3 coats to make sure I had a good work surface.
      Decide where you will want you lettering. I placed my lettering about 1!/2 to 2 inches above the center.
      Draw a light straight line so you can center the stenciled letters on it and lightly draw each letter of the word you want on your canister. E.G. SUGAR
      That is the hardest part of this project but it goes quickly each time you do it.
      Take a sharpie or black paint and color in the letters and let dry.

    Now your ready to add your stripes.

      My first stripe: Placing the end of the tape measure at the edge of the jar opening the first stripe is 3″ below. Again do your own thing as you may want your stripes completely different or have more stripes on your jar.
      Second stripe: 2″ measuring from the bottom of the 1st stripe. 1st.
      Finally, the thirds stripe is 2 1/4″ from the bottom of the tape on the second stripe.

    You can use as many stripes that you want on your bee décor project. I altered some jars with a 3 1/2″, 1 3/4″ 1 3/4″ tape design.
    Use modge podge to completely cover the jar. This keeps the stripes on and if you give it a few coats makes them washable.
    The jars are finished.

    Bee Décor bees and lids.
    The lids are going to vary according to what skills you want to use. I crocheted my lids from paracord and some with jute to make them resemble beehives. To keep it simple you can use contact paper to cover lids or paint them.

    Gracie Bees For The Canisters

      Supplies

    Grace Bees

  • 1″ Unfinished Wooden Ball
  • Donut Wood Beads (Round Circle Ring Wood Beads)
  • .5″ (15mm) Natural Half Wooden Balls
  • black paint or black sharpie
  • Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Water Based Sealer, Glue and Finish
  • Bee Construction

  • Paint the 1″ balls yellow
  • Paint the donut wood beads and half ball black
  • Glue the half bead(which will be the bee’s face) onto the flat side of the half ball. Let dry.
  • Glue the flat side of the half ball on to the 1′ ball that is now yellow.
  • Draw lines on the yellow body and paint or fill in with a sharpie marker.
  • Paint two round circles on the face of the bee where the eyes will go and let dry.
  • Paint two black eyes for the bee on the yellow circles.
  • Some of my bees have wire legs made from jewelry wire where some bees have no legs at all.
    Gracie Bee with Tatted Wings
    The wings are what make them different. I made string wings from macrame cord and glued them on and on some have tatted and crocheted wings. The tatted wings are my favorite. I call them my queen bees while the string wings are my worker bees.

    Gracie Bees ‘Be Attitudes’

    These are my favorite Gracie Bees of all because they deliver Bee Attitudes. I put magnets on the back of mine and show them off on my fridge. Sometimes they show up in my sunshine boxes for friends or on top of gifts.
    I make my be attitude signs on my cricut machine but I could also make them by using stencils and a utility knife.
    The most important thing is to have fun and let your bees evolve in their appearance with different paint, eyes and wings.
    If you make some bees then tag me on Instagram so I can oooh and ahhh over your creations.

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    3 thoughts on “Gracie Bees & How To Use Them

    1. Love how creative you are, Grace! And I love how you’ve incorporated the bees into your decor. BEE-rific!!

    2. So many cute ideas!!! I was just looking at plants that are good for bees, to plant in my garden. Now I need to make some for around the house. 🙂

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