DIY Bee Mine Magnets

Since I suck at card making, I decided to craft something different to send out as Valentines. Using materials I had lying around, I made these little magnets. They were quite fun to make, and I’m so glad they turned out! Here’s how I did it:

1. Paint 3/4″ wooden hearts yellow, let dry.

2. Paint black stripes using the trusty Sharpie, let dry.

3. Paint a coat of sparkle glaze to add glitter and shine, let dry.

4. Cut 4 pieces of ‘wings’ out of sparkly ivory tulle for each magnet the same size as the wooden hearts.

5. Stack them in twos and overlap them as shown to make the pair of wings.

6. Place wings on bee body and line them up at the tip as shown. Add a dab of tacky glue at the tip.

7. Top it off with a ‘head’ of your choice. I used a piece of my cold black heart (black metal heart bead).

8. Using gold beading wires (I had to quadruple it up because they were so thin), I attached the flower bead as shown. Curl the opposite end of the wires to fit inside the magnet.

9. Placing the curled wire on top of the magnet, I added a good dab of tacky glue.

10. Press the bee on top of the glue (see right pic for back view).

11. You can use those mini craft C-clamps to keep it all in place ’til the glue dries. In the ghetto we just sit on ’em like this:


With the Valentines, I included a homemade sweet treat – Love Bark (which is like Rice Krispies Treats on crack. Really, really good crack). I can’t get them to look half as appealing as they taste, but dayam they taste like heaven. I also printed a little ingredients list with it (in case recipients have allergies).

I printed the ‘BEE MINE’ pattern on a piece of vellum and wrapped everything up in it with some twine, then finished it off with those recycled tags I made.

And off they went to be delivered.

Added bonus: here’s the closest thing to a bee ‘fit you’ll ever find me in. 😀

Hope you’re having a happy Valentines week!


Mrs. Green Tea

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August 2008
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  1. misscookie Member
    misscookie 795 posts, Busy bee @ 4:28 pm

    It’s so fun to see how you made the bee magnets. I’ve got mine on my fridge. Also, the bark was sooooo yummy. I gobbled it down in one day. Thank you

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:29 pm

    your recipients are lucky! those magnets are completely adorable. i wish i had enough time to join in on the craftiness. maybe one day.

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    cj2009 304 posts, Helper bee @ 4:32 pm

    these are so incredibly cute!

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    PrettyKitty 505 posts, Busy bee @ 4:32 pm

    Green Tea, you crack me up! “In the ghetto we just sit ’em this is” And, “a piece of my cold black heart.” I heart you!

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    h 19 posts, Newbee @ 4:33 pm

    wow, those magnets are so adorable :)

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    grumpybear722 555 posts, Busy bee @ 4:35 pm

    Love your writing style. I’m LOL’ing at work! The magnets are so cute & I loved the same parts taht PrettyKitty likes! 😀

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    Hayley 214 posts, Helper bee @ 4:36 pm

    these are too freaking cute.

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    Miss Trifle, Guest @ 4:38 pm

    What’s in love bark?

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    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:38 pm

    Oh my gosh, those are adorable! :-)

    I’m thinking a ladybug would be equally cute — though the pun’s lost, then. :-)

  10. duckling Member
    duckling 1415 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:49 pm

    Those are sooo cute!!!

  11. quiche Member
    quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:49 pm

    You’re so cute, GT!

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    FutureTacco 128 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:53 pm

    You were an ADORABLE little girl! These magnets are great!

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    Mia, Guest @ 5:02 pm

    We really need the recipe for Love Bark, yummy.

  14. powderpuff Member
    powderpuff 882 posts, Busy bee @ 5:02 pm

    I was wondering how you made that adorable magnet. Mine’s on my fridge and I smile at it every day! The bark, unfortunately, didn’t last as long. It was in my tummy the night I got it!

    Thanks Mrs. Green Tea!! :)

  15. mrsbee Member
    mrsbee 3235 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:06 pm

    awww these are adorable! :)

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    Josalyn 358 posts, Helper bee @ 5:06 pm

    So creative and fun too!

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    Jules, Guest @ 5:09 pm

    You are a craft whiz! Very adorable! :)

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    LK, Guest @ 5:09 pm

    What is the recipe for “love bark,” it looks soo yummy!

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    angelastheboss 306 posts, Helper bee @ 5:20 pm

    That picture is absolutely darling! The crafts are great as well!

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    MightySapphire 7632 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 5:37 pm

    I love these!! What’s the recipe for your love bark???

  21. avocado Member
    avocado 1538 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:38 pm

    I will send you money if you will make me some of these for my fridge. I’m not even joking. Do you have an etsy shop yet? You really should.

  22. cherrypie Member
    cherrypie 1059 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:49 pm

    I LOVE mine! I can’t tell you how much I am a magnet freak. It’s on my fridge right now!

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    renaissancetrophywife 262 posts, Helper bee @ 5:55 pm

    What a great DIY tutorial! They’re adorable, and the love bark looks yummy.

  24. dumpling Member
    dumpling 750 posts, Busy bee @ 5:58 pm

    you are soooo cute. I think we would def. be friends in real life.

  25. greentea Member
    greentea 765 posts, Busy bee @ 6:18 pm

    wow, so much love for my little dinky magnet! thanx y’all! and for the record, while i’ve been called many names and i don’t really care that much for titles, i prefer GT. mrs. green tea seems so formal and old, and com’on, i’m not that formal.

    @ all who got a piece of the magnet action: i’m glad you approve!

    @ all who wants the recipe for the special GTLoveBark: you’re not the first to ask, and i keep forgetting to fulfill this request, but i will. i don’t have the porportions memorized so i gotta get back to ya. check back, k?

    @MagPie518: actually i’ve made other bugs with this similar method and they work just as well. maybe i’ll do another post on those… but then, the making of a magnet can’t be interesting enough for TWO posts, right?

    @Mrs. Avocado: haha etsy shop. seems like everyone has one of those now adays! i don’t believe in selling anything i wouldn’t buy, and i can’t say i’d buy these. well okay maybe at the dolla store if they were one sale – buy one get one free.

    @Miss Dumpling: they all say that honey, til they meet in IRL.

  26. greentea Member
    greentea 765 posts, Busy bee @ 6:19 pm

    *on sale

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    Kevin, Guest @ 7:01 pm

    Cute craft project.

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    perfume 82 posts, Worker bee @ 7:04 pm

    Wow, this is really clever. And the printing on the velum wrap, love bark, and little all the details–really nice touches!!

  29. hotcocoa Member
    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:12 pm

    Snort snort. ROFLOL.

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    Vic004 804 posts, Busy bee @ 7:14 pm

    Everything about your post is awesome!! Yes even your little bee shirt!

  31. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:37 pm

    Those are so cute! I feel bad for the ladies who got my crappy card and not a Bee Magnet :-/

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    jomygoodness 2 posts, Wannabee @ 11:54 pm

    tooooooo cute! i love them! i think i’ll make my own!

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    anne, Guest @ 12:40 am

    so creative!!

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    eileen marie 1644 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:49 am

    Your bees are adorable! OMG your parents dressed you like a little bee-ha! That’s how Sting got his nickname, you know. (He was wearing a black & yellow striped shirt @ a gig, & someone yelled, “Hey, Sting!” or something.) Please post your crack crispy recipe (unless it’s a family secret)–they look SO good! This is what I gave all of my Valentine’s :

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    banang 34 posts, Newbee @ 5:45 am

    Awww, these are just too friggin cute, I’m so impressed with your creativity. Any chance of getting the reciepe to the Love Bark?

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    phruphru, Guest @ 10:20 am

    Seriously too cute! And I can’t believe you had these supplies just hanging out in your house. You are a DIY diva! Love it.

  37. greentea Member
    greentea 765 posts, Busy bee @ 12:06 pm

    okok here’s the recipe, when you make these you better send some my way! alright… i’ll settle for just thinking of me, tho cuzzing me out in your mind DOES NOT COUNT.

    melt and mix well 1 bag of white chips with 1/4 cup peanut butter, add and mix 3 cups of rice krispies, let cool to room temp

    add in 1 cup of mini chocolate chips and 1.5 cup mini marshmallows, mix well

    spread mixture onto greased 9×13 pan and press (like rice krispies treats), put in fridge and allow to set.

    cut into desired size and nom!

    @Miss Perfume: thanx for noticing!! i actually wanted to make a treat that includes honey but i couldn’t find a recipe i liked. *almost perfect* 😉

    @phruphru: haha yeah i have a little stock of various craft supplies coz my interest lies all over the place. actually i came up with the idea mainly coz i had the tulle lying around (i AM a recent bride after all!)and was thinking what to do with those. then i had a red bull…

  38. mrbee Member
    mrbee 4409 posts, Honey bee @ 1:12 pm

    HAha, cold black heart! Funny stuff… and awesome little bees!!

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    ES123 1020 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:37 am

    Very cute idea!

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    rnc620 658 posts, Busy bee @ 2:45 am

    Adorable! And the cold black heart comment.. hilarious :)

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    purpleHaze79 874 posts, Busy bee @ 10:15 am

    THese are darling!!

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    von 32 posts, Newbee @ 4:38 am

    Ahhh I am now inspired to make these and other bugs to keep these bees company.

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    doublemint921 499 posts, Helper bee @ 9:07 am

    Aww I love these! Such a perfect valentine’s gift! I love making valentines so hopefully next year I will have time to include something cute like this too! :)

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    LzzNYC 882 posts, Busy bee @ 11:08 am

    Your baby pic is so cute!!! thanks for the DIY!

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    Candi Girl, Guest @ 3:59 pm

    These are so cute and creative!

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    Jenniphyr 3426 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:06 pm

    Beautiful! I love the sparkles and the organza.

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    kayleesakaluk 37 posts, Newbee @ 9:46 am

    May I ask where you found the wooden hearts?

  48. greentea Member
    greentea 765 posts, Busy bee @ 3:16 pm

    @kayleesakaluk: michael’s

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