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Eco Friendly Bee Noisemaker

Eco-friendly craft ideas don't get much cuter than this. Make an Eco-Friendly Bee Noisemaker from Heidi Borchers using a recycled cardboard tube - it's a simple and fun way to go green. This family-friendly project is perfect for a hot summer afternoon.

Eco Friendly Bee Noisemakers


  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Cardboard tubes (gift wrap papr, toilet tissue, paper towel)
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Blue painters masking tape
  • Toothpick (to apply glue)
  • Bandanas (yellow print, black print)
  • 1/4″ dowel stick (12″ long)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Barley (or rice) for noisemaker
  • Wood bead – large for head (to cover end of tube)
  • Acrylic paint – yellow
  • Black rhinestones (2 for eyes)
  • Black permanent marking pen – fine tip


  1. The size of your bumble bee will depend on what size cardboard tube you use for the body. For this project, I used a gift wrap cardboard tube which is smaller than a paper towel roll.

    Eco Friendly Bee Noisemakers
  2. To create the tail end of the bumble bee, snip about 3/4″ into one end of tube at about 1/4″ intervals.

    Eco Friendly Bee Noisemakers
  3. Use toothpick to apply glue to cut end. Press inward to create point.

    Eco Friendly Bee Noisemaker
  4. Use strips of masking tape to hold in place while drying. When glue has dried, remove tape.

    Eco Friendly Bee Noisemakers
  5. Snip bandanas at 3/4″ intervals and rip into strips.

    Eco Friendly Bee Noisemakers
  6. Glue end of strip onto end of tube. Wrap around tube, gluing at intervals. Continue gluing strips onto tube until completely covered.

    Eco Friendly Bee Noisemakers
  7. Sharpen tip of dowel stick with pencil sharpener. Glue strips of bandana around dowel stick. Make small slit into side of body with craft knife. Dip sharpened end of dowel into glue and press into slit. Let glue dry.

    Eco Friendly Bee Noisemaker
  8. Add barley into body tube.

    Eco Friendly Bee Noisemakers
  9. Glue bead onto end of tube.

    Eco Friendly Bee Noisemaker
  10. Measure and cut approximately 1-1/4″ ring from cardboard tube for each wing. Wrap each wing with strip of bandana. Glue to hold in place. Glue wings onto body.

    Eco Friendly Bee Noisemaker
  11. Glue rhinestones in place for eyes. Draw nose and mouth with permanent marking pen. Tie additional bandana strips onto wand.

    Eco Friendly Bee Noisemaker


For a comprehensive video tutorial of this site, check out How to Make a Bumblebee Noisemaker.

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