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This origami bee was born a fly!

A couple of years ago my friend Nancy Tschorn asked if I could fold half dozen origami bees to give as a gift to her twelve-year-old beekeeping grandson. My challenge was that the only origami bees I had seen were quite complex. Even if I could locate diagrams, making one complex bee would take me a while.

Making half a dozen bees seemed out of the question!

Fortunately, at that time I had been folding a fly created by Ángel Écija. With masterful simplicity this fly takes advantage of the white of one side of a piece of paper and black on the other.

Perhaps, I thought, this fly could become a bee…

After experimenting with the color of the paper and a tweak here and there with the wings and head, I found success!

I folded eight of these bees for Nancy. In return she gave me a large jar of delicious Vermont honey. Who would have thought that these paper bees would produce such great honey?

The following video shows how to make the fly, and what needs to be done to turn it into a bee. Grateful acknowledgment to Ángel Écija for granting permission to demonstrate his fly model in this video.


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{ 26 comments… add one }
  • TeratoMarty January 18, 2022, 7:13 pm

    What a fine model! I’m making a mobile of flying insects, and this fly/bee model is perfect!

    • Leyla Torres January 19, 2022, 8:00 am

      I’m very happy you like it, Marty. Welcome to Origami Spirit!

  • Carolina Gomez May 20, 2019, 7:42 pm

    Muy instructivo! Te felicito. Ya encontré un lugar donde mis niños y yo podemos disfrutar de plegar!
    Gracias Leila!

  • Mabel April 1, 2019, 8:31 pm

    Hola Leyla. Me encanta todos los trabajos que has realizado. Gracias por tus enseñanzas

    • Leyla Torres April 1, 2019, 10:41 pm

      Me alegra que te guste lo que encuentras aquí. Gracias por escribir, Mabel.

  • Marsha Sue Pitman March 30, 2019, 1:24 pm

    I love this model! Thank You, Leyla!

  • Derna March 30, 2019, 10:34 am

    Me encantó. Gracias

  • Blackbell November 6, 2018, 10:00 am

    Beautiful bee, and seems simple enough. Great Job !

    Are the diagrams available somewhere ?The video is great but i’d like to have the diagrams to print it. Are they available ? I’ve looked al over the internet without finding them…

    • Leyla Torres November 28, 2018, 12:05 pm

      There are diagrams in a Spanish book whose title I do not recall, and I don’t have it available at the moment.
      If I get the name of the book I’ll share it here.

  • Barbara Witt March 14, 2015, 6:05 pm

    Do you have the instructions for the flower that the bee is on?

  • mel February 1, 2015, 10:24 pm

    luv the bee is there a pattern for the flowers he on?/

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  • Linda July 12, 2012, 9:34 pm

    I love it. Just wondering what flower you have in the photo? Looks terrific with it!

  • Ana Carolina July 8, 2012, 10:53 pm

    Very very sweet, Leyla, congratulations!! You definitely deserves the great honey. Ü I’m sure your friend loved it!

  • luciacara July 6, 2012, 4:40 pm

    super cute, Leyla! Thanks!

  • David July 6, 2012, 4:32 pm

    Awesome, What a great Idea, now there is something other than butterflies to add to a floral arrangement!

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