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 thoughts on “Bee My Honey!”
What a fine model! I’m making a mobile of flying insects, and this fly/bee model is perfect!
I’m very happy you like it, Marty. Welcome to Origami Spirit!
Muy instructivo! Te felicito. Ya encontré un lugar donde mis niños y yo podemos disfrutar de plegar!
Hola Leyla. Me encanta todos los trabajos que has realizado. Gracias por tus enseñanzas
Me alegra que te guste lo que encuentras aquí. Gracias por escribir, Mabel.
I love this model! Thank You, Leyla!
Me encantó. Gracias
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…
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.
Do you have the instructions for the flower that the bee is on?
Check out this post https://www.origamispirit.com/2012/06/how-an-origami-box-turned-into-a-fun-festival-of-flowers/
Read under “Tip to make the flower”
luv the bee is there a pattern for the flowers he on?/
The flower is easily made from a step in the process of making a box. Please read this article and try it.
I love it. Just wondering what flower you have in the photo? Looks terrific with it!
Read about that flower here: https://www.origamispirit.com/?p=8609
Very very sweet, Leyla, congratulations!! You definitely deserves the great honey. Ü I’m sure your friend loved it!
super cute, Leyla! Thanks!
Awesome, What a great Idea, now there is something other than butterflies to add to a floral arrangement!