This watchful beekeeper always takes good care of his bee colony. He wears a sting-resistant suit (actually a pair of painter's coveralls, available at hardware stores), work gloves to protect his hands, and a long tulle veil to guard his face. Dozens of "bees" are glued to the open-mesh netting; others buzz around his wide-brimmed straw hat. The stenciled bucket becomes a winsome receptacle for Halloween treats.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, Fall 2009
- Black tulle netting
- White wide-brimmed straw hat (or spray-paint a regular straw hat)
- White spray paint (optional)
- Hot-glue gun
- White seam binding
- Wire cutters
- Millinery bees
- Letter stencils
- Yellow paint pen
- Metal bucket with handle
- Duct tape
- Light-colored shirt
- Pair of painter's coveralls
- Pair of cotton work gloves with yellow accents
Step 1 of 4
Cut a piece of tulle 16 inches wide and as long as the circumference of the brim of the hat. Hot-glue seam binding to one long edge of the tulle. Glue tulle to underside of hat brim, and cover with seam binding (to keep glue from seeping through).
Step 2 of 4
Remove wires from most of the bees. Glue wireless bees to tulle. Poke a few wired bees through the top of the straw hat from the outside; bend the wires at a right angle, and glue to inside of hat.
Step 3 of 4
Using letter stencils and paint pen, stencil "HONEY" on bucket; let dry. Tape more wired bees to inside of bucket.
Step 4 of 4
Wear hat with shirt, coveralls, and work gloves.