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How to Make an Easy BumbleBee Valentine + Free Printable

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Recently my daughter and I sat down to brainstorm some fun DIY Valentines for her to share with her classmates. We decided on two styles, a sweet Unicorn which I shared here, and the second was a Bumblebee because the mascots of her school are bees (plus bees are my favorite!).  If you'd like to make your own sweet bee card, then please enjoy one of these two methods for How to Make an Easy BumbleBee Valentine!

I have always loved the iconic symbol of Bumblebees. I remember a quote by Mary Kay Ash: “Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway.” This really resonates with me. That there is so much we can achieve if we believe and don't’ give up. So, tend to make a lot of bumblebee crafts.

This year, while my daughter and I were brainstorming Valentine card ideas for her to share with her fellow 2nd-graders one idea we felt strongly about was a bee craft. Bees are the mascot for her school so we knew this would be a popular idea.

I sat down with my design software and created a cheerful bee printable and I’m sharing it for free with you!

Today I’m going to show you 2 ways to make these cards. The first method will be using the “print then cut” feature with my Cricut paper cutting machine, which is my preferred way to make these cards.

If you don’t have a paper cutting machine, no worries. I also have a PDF you can download, print, and then cut-out by hand.

I’m always telling friends that my Cricut is probably one of my most used craft supplies. And it’s true! It wasn’t always this way because I hadn’t taken the time to properly learn how to use it, but once I did, it really changed the quality and amount of projects that I could make.

 

Method 1: How to Make an Easy BumbleBee Valentine with Your Cricut Paper Cutting Machine

I’m excited to show you how to make this! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.

Supplies to Create Easy BumbleBee Valentines 

For this method of the project, here’s a list of things you will need:

  • Bumblebee Valentines available in my Free Resource Library (more about that in a moment)
  • Cricut Design Space software
  • Cricut cutting machine, or another cutting machine (I’m using my Cricut Maker but you can use any machine that connects to the software)
  • Cardstock
  • Tootsie Roll Pops

1- Download the BumbleBee Valentine Card

First, you need to download the DIY Bumblebee Valentine pattern from my blog’s Free Resource Library. If you are already a subscriber you may go here to download it. If you need to sign up, please click here.

When you sign up to receive my email newsletter you are automatically sent a password to access the library. You’ll also receive my weekly newsletter with behind the scenes details, notes from me, and links to the latest happenings on my blog.

Once you’ve logged in, the file you need is called DIY BumbleBee Valentine Print then Cut. There are TWO VERSIONS of this file. Make sure you select the one you need. There is a PNG version for Cricut and a PDF version.

Click to download the zip file. Unzip the file, inside you will see that there are two versions of the Bumble Bee for you to use – one yellow and one pink.

Upload the BumbleBee Valentine Card

Now, launch Cricut Design Space; click “New Project;” click “Upload”; choose “Upload Image” navigate to the file, find the PNG file you want to use and click “Open”; choose “Complex”; don’t do anything with the next screen except click “continue”; Choose the “Save as Print then Cut Image”. It may take a moment. This will add the image to your library.

Repeat this step with each bumblebee image you want to use. Once they are all uploaded, select the image you want to work with and click “Insert Images”

As you will see it’s a large image. One of the great things about Design Space is that you can make these cards any size that you want. For our project today I’m going to show you the size and details I used to make mine. But, just know that you can make these any size that you need.

One of the reasons that I went with this size was because I wanted to be able to print more than one on a page. So I sized them in a way that I can print two per page.

I sized my bees to “3 ½ inches” tall. This size worked nicely with the scale of the lollipops I chose.

Make sure the print icon is next to the card in the panel and you are ready to Make it!

2- Print & Cut the BumbleBee Valentine Card

Click Make it and ta-da! It will prepare the mats for you.

Be sure you cutting machine and your printer are connected to your computer, or iPad or phone or whatever you’re using to connect to the software.

Click Continue

If you want to print multiples of these cards you can choose a higher number than 1 in the left-hand corner under Print Copies.

Once you have told it how many copies you want to print, load your cardstock paper into the printer. Press the Send to Printer button. Use these default settings and press Print.

Once the printer prints you need to put the label paper on your cutting mat.

Now you need to Set your Material.

For mine, I chose Medium Cardstock, 80 lb. And then I also chose the more pressure button. I didn’t want to take any risks of this not cutting through.

Now, simply load the mat into the machine; and press the flashing arrow button; once it’s loaded press the flashing “C” button and the machine will do the rest. Once it’s done cutting for you press the flashing arrow button to eject it.

Now you need to offload the cutting mat.

I prefer to offload mine by placing the cut side face down in front of me and roll the mat away. This helps whatever I’ve cut to not bend and curl.

If you have multiple sheets as I did, just keep repeating to print and cut all of your mats.

Once you’re done you’re ready for the final step – attaching the lollipop to the card.

Before I show that though, let me show you how to create these cards if you do not have a Circut and want to just use a PDF to print and then hand cut them.

If you don’t have a Cricut or another cutting machine, but still want to make these beautiful cards here’s a method just for you.

Method 2: How to Make Easy BumbleBee Valentines with a PDF + Cut them by Hand

For this method of the project, here’s a list of things you will need:
BumbleBee Valentines PDF available in my Free Resource Library (more about that in a moment)
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Cardstock
Scissors
X-Acto Knife
Tootsie Roll Pops

1- Download the BumbleBee Valentine Card

First, you need to download the DIY Bumblebee Valentine pattern from my blog’s Free Resource Library. If you are already a subscriber you may go here to download it. If you need to sign up, please click here.

When you sign up to receive my email newsletter you are automatically sent a password to access the library. You’ll also receive my weekly newsletter with behind the scenes details, notes from me, and links to the latest happenings on my blog.

Once you’ve logged in, this file you need is called DIY BumbleBee Valentine PDF. Click to download the PDF file. Make sure you don’t accidentally download the Print then Cut version.

2- Print the BumbleBee Valentine Card

Open your downloaded file in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Press the print icon to print.

Print as many copies as you need. Once printed, use scissors to cut out the bees.

You will also need to make 2 slits on the bee for the stick of the lollipop. Use an X-Acto knife for this step.

3- Assemble the BumbleBee Valentine Card

Once your bee is cut, you have 2 little slits in the body – the cutting machine cut these for you or you cut them with your x-acto knife.

Simply slide the stick of the lollipop through these slits so that the pop is behind the bee’s head.

Ta-da! You have a charming bumblebee Valentine cards that are affordable, easy to pull together, even if its last minute, and a card that will stand out and friends and teachers will love to receive.

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3 thoughts on “How to Make an Easy BumbleBee Valentine + Free Printable

  1. Jenny says:

    When I taught I used to make butterfly lollipop Valentine’s like this for my students. Adorable Idea! Sharing! Thanks for being a part of Merry Monday!

  2. Chas Greener says:

    My daughter’s nickname is “B” and we like to get her bee things… I think I’ll have to make this for her for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for sharing.

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