Create a ‘Bee Happy’ Wreath to celebrate gardening season and in honor of Earth Day. You’ll also learn what you can do to keep the bees and other pollinators happy.
Calling all bee lovers and garden enthusiasts, I have an easy and fun craft project and DIY wreath for spring or summer! As the bees are beginning to buzz about in the garden again, this wreath is also a reminder to take care of our pollinators in honor of Earth Day.
I love seeing and hearing the bees buzz and bumble about the garden!
As bees in the garden make me happy, a ‘Bee Happy’ Wreath is a fun way to celebrate garden season and acknowledge the importance of pollinators for Earth Day and everyday.
An Earth Day message about the importance of pollinators:
Many pollinator populations are in decline attributed to a loss in feeding and nesting habitats. Pollution, the misuse of chemicals, disease, and changes in climatic patterns are all contributing to shrinking and shifting pollinator populations.
Somewhere between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need pollinators. Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops. We all need pollinators to ‘Bee Happy’ as they are responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat.
In addition to the food that we eat, pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather, and support other wildlife. In addition to bees, other pollinators and beneficial insects include butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps and ants. About 1,000 of all pollinators are vertebrates such as birds, bats, and small mammals.
Gardeners are encouraged to create pollinator-friendly habitats with native flowering plants that supply pollinators with nectar, pollen, and homes. Select old-fashioned varieties of flowers whenever possible, since breeding has caused some modern blooms to lose their fragrance and/or the nectar/pollen needed to attract and feed pollinators.
This wreath was super fun to make and comes together quickly! Here are the easy steps if you’d like to make one to celebrate the bees!
I started with a forsythia wreath I already had -> (see my DIY Spring Wreath with Blooming Wellies from last year). Note: Some of my supplies and embellishments were found on Amazon, so I’ve included the affiliate links for your convenience. For more information see my disclosure policy.
To ‘beef up’ the forsythia wreath I used a grapevine wreath as a base that I already had. I used some grapevine wire (from Hobby Lobby) to attach the two wreaths. If your wreath is substantial enough, you can skip this step. Alternatively use floral wire, chenille stems or cable ties to attach two wreaths.
After the two wreaths were secured, the fun begins!
I used an assortment of ribbon for the wreath. . .black and white checks in various widths, wire edged bee ribbon and yellow polka dot ribbon. I found 6-inch honey dippers to tie on to the wreath, along with some bees! The bees were sold as a set of shower curtain hooks that I removed.
I placed the honey dippers on wreath, spacing them and leaving room to tie on a bow. Once I determined the spacing, I tied the honey dippers onto the sprigs forsythia using black and white check ribbon, threading the bees onto the ribbon. Note: You could use a hot glue gun to attach any of your embellishments if you prefer. I decided to tie them on so I could reuse the embellishments and have the option to change up the wreath at a later date.
To make the bow, I used an easy bow-making technique to make a multi-ribbon bow, no bow-tying skills required! You’ll want to use wire-edged ribbon for best results. This is a great way to make a multi-ribbon bow if you have odds and ends of ribbon with just a little left on the spool, as you only need about a yard of ribbon per loop.
I started by cutting the ribbon into 32 inch – 36 inch lengths, but you can vary your lengths as desired. I ended up using 10 loops / lengths of ribbon, so I used approximately 10 yards of ribbon in total. You can use less yardage by making your bow with fewer loops and shorter tails of ribbon if you prefer.
Form your loops to the size you want, pinching the ribbon loop in the middle. (My loops are about 5 – 6 inches using 10 – 12 inches of ribbon for the loop part.) If your ribbon has a pattern on just one side, twist the back tail of the ribbon around so your pattern faces to the front. Repeat the process with your ribbon holding your loops together and tie your loop off with a pipe cleaner / chenille stem or florist wire. I prefer pipe cleaners as they’re very forgiving, allowing you to adjust your loops, pulling the tail of your ribbon to adjust your bow as needed. When you are finished, cut the tails of your ribbon on an angle or in a notched-v shape.
A honey dipper with bee was tied on to the center of the completed bow on the wreath.
You can hang the wreath as is but I decided to add this decorative ‘Bee Happy’ Pitcher I found on Amazon to hang in the center.
The handle of the pitcher hangs on the hook of the wreath hanger and then wreath was added to hang over the hook.
I hung my ‘Bee Happy’ Wreath on the door of my Potting Shed and where I can see the bees buzzing around the flowers this spring as the garden begins to ‘wake up’!
Pollinators are crucial to the health of our ecosystems and food supply. . .
Keep Pollinators Happy. . .
🐝 Reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides. If you must use them, use the most selective and least toxic ones and apply them at night when most pollinators aren’t active.
🐝 Plant in clusters to create a “target” for pollinators to find.
🐝 Plant for continuous bloom throughout the growing season from spring to fall.
🐝 Select a site that has shelter from wind (by trees and shrubs), has at least partial sun, and can provide water.
🐝 Allow material from dead branches and logs remain as nesting sites; reduce mulch to allow patches of bare ground for ground-nesting bees to utilize; consider installing wood nesting blocks for wood-nesting natives.
If you love seeing bees, butterflies, birds and other wildlife visit your garden,
consider certifying it as a wildlife habitat.
It’s fun, makes a positive difference and easier than you might think!
Find out more, HERE.
And provide a safe water source for the bees and other pollinators in garden
with a DIY Bee Watering Station.
It’s easy, can serve as a focal point and decorative garden ornament
or *bee* as simple as you like!
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“The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.”
– Elizabeth Lawrence
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Oh Mary, what a cheerful wreath for your potting shed! Thank you for brightening
Very cute, I love all things bee too, without them we wouldn’t exist! I was just photographing some lazy bees in my orchard yesterday. Very cheery wreath!
What an exuberant Spring wreath!! We are looking out for the bees at our house. We just had an uninvited 3 inch snow fall. The next day I could see dandelion heads popping up through the snow. A silly sight but I’m glad my “flowers” survived and I hope the bees will appreciate them. I have read that they are one of the first food sources available for bees in the Spring.
Mary, you always bring so much joy to our lives, Happy Earth Day
Your wreath is bee-utiful, Mary! I love how lush you make your ribbon bows! Lots of neat littles add-ons always make everything you do extra special. Happy Earth Day!
Love, love, love it! 🐝💛💛
Super cute bee loving Mary! I’ve not seen that grapevine wire, what great stuff! Great tutorial for the bow, and how clever to repurpose bee shower curtain rings, the wreath is just adorable! Happy Earth Day and Save the Bees!
Such a joyful wreath! I love forsythia for it’s sunshiny, cheerful colors and it looks great combined with your bee 🐝 accessories. The black and white ribbon really balances it all out. Thanks for sharing it! It gave me some great ideas for my front door.
What a darling wreath! Will add that to my many many wreaths! Thanks for sharing AGAIN!!
I love this post Mary; it’s so important to bring awareness to what we can do to ‘bee happy’! Great project; happy Earth Day!
Such and important message Mary. Even though I am deathly allergic to bee stings, we plant pollinator flowers in our vegetable garden, leave our yard messes in Spring on the ground as long as possible. When I do finally clear the leaves and dry stems, always a few huge bumble bees fly out from the warm nests along with ladybugs. We use natural products safe for animals, and really try to be organic in every way. Sometimes not so successfully. Hugs on earth day, no one in blog-land promotes gardening as much as you do! Thank you! Sandi
Mary, such a darling bee wreath. It is bee-it-ful. Love the variety of ribbons and the grand bow. Cute add one as well. Bees 🐝 are so important. Wonderful tutorial. Happy Earth Day.
Happy Earth Day Mary! Your wreath is beautiful. Love the bow and all the little extras. Have a great day! Clara ❤️
Mary, your garden is beautiful and your darling wreath is the perfect accent. I love the “bee happy” theme, too–pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction
Love your “Bee Happy” wreath, Mary! The pitcher and pretty bow really sets it off, too! Have a Happy Earth Day – celebrating all year long!
Excellent and important info, Mary! I love the Bee Happy wreath with all of the cute details. It is perfect hanging on the door of your famous potting shed! Happy Earth Day!
Mary, I love my garden bees (not so much the wasps) and look forward to their arrival each spring. Your wreath is really adorable and your bow is something I would like to try my hand at!
Your wreath is so cute and I love the ribbon. Your garden is also really beautiful. But more than that I love your Earth Day message. I agree we really need to do more to keep bees alive. Thanks so much for participating in the hop.
Your wreath is bee-utiful, Mary! Aren’t you clever in using the bees from the shower hooks?? The ribbon technique is so easy. I’m loving that bee pitcher, too.
Mary, how gorgeous your wreath is. What a cool idea using the bee’s from a shower curtain ring! You’re so smart!! Thanks for this bright idea!!
My daughter’s nickname is “B” and I am totally sharing this with her. Love love love it! Thanks for sharing.
That wreath hanging on any front door would surely signal “Welcome” to any guest. I always look forward to yours posts and how you make so many everyday items multi-task for your projects.
Thank you for stressing the importance of helping our striped friends. Without them our lives won’t have much sweetness!
I love this! So pretty and raises awareness about bees!
Mary, you are the “Queen Bee” of your lovely garden and this is a honey of a wreath, to honor our special friends. Love all the various ribbons and that beautiful bow! The honey dippers add such a cute touch with all the bees scattered about. Cute, cute cute! Thank you! 🐝🐝🐝
I would love to make a wreath like this for a bee keeping friend of mine. Thanks for the ideas! All pinned.
Love the cheery wreath. Buying shower curtain hooks was a lot less expensive than the bee charms I bought at Michael’s.
Just came across your post love it. It has given me some great ideas to us in my home.
That’s so creative and super cute. I love this wreath!
Mary, Your bee wreath is delightful! I really enjoyed all of the information about the pollinators. Have you ever watched the Bee Movie? It is an animated movie my granddaughters love and really addresses the issues you talk about. I enjoy seeing the bees buzzing around my lavender plants every afternoon! Keep on planting!
Mary, what a fabulous bee wreath! I love all of the little details, like the honey dippers and the pitcher. The bow is beautiful, too! Thanks for all of the bee information. I’m going to use some of your tips to make my garden more hospitable to bees this spring and summer. It’s always a pleasure to hop with you!
Mary, this post is so good on several levels. First, the information that you shared about pollinators is so interesting and helpful. I learned so much. Then, the wreath is beautiful and so creative. It’s perfect on the garden shed door. And I love the instructions for the bow with different ribbon. That idea is a keeper. Thank you for sharing glimpses of your lovely garden.
Mary, it is always such a joy to visit your beautiful blog. Your wreath is lovely and is the perfect addition to your door. I love the cheerful ribbon you chose and all of the charming details you added to your wreath! Thank you for sharing this important information about pollinators. It is very helpful to learn and share. It is always wonderful to hop with you!