Simple origami bee
We're bzzzzy bees at the Dickinson County Nature Center, and we're continuously celebrating bees, butterflies, bats, hummingbirds and all of our pollinators at Pollinator Paradise.
Once you see the live bees in the indoor beehive, crawl through the human-sized honeycomb, pollinate life-size apple trees and see all the delicious foods that pollinators help us with in the food truck, you're sure to love bees too.
You can make your own bee at home with these simple origami instructions. All you'll need is a yellow marker, black marker, sheet of white paper and scissors!
First, one corner of the piece of paper to the other side. Cut out that isosceles triangle.
Color one side yellow and leave the other white.
Fold the triangle in half and then unfold. Fold your corner to meet the line in the center.
Fold each flap down at a slight angle, and then fold the top down across those folds.
Fold the top flap back up, and then down in thirds so it meets the "wings" as a rectangle instead of a triangle.
Flip your bee over and fold back each side, tucking it under the rectangle flap you just folded down. Flip the bee back over.
Fold the wing tips under so they aren't so sharp. Decorate your bee with a black head and stripes.
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