How to Make a Metal Garden Bee Sculpture

A fun project using an old repurposed lamp fixture. 
Repurposed light fixtures

This is one of those fun projects that takes on a life of its own as I go along. 

First I removed the metal vines from the globe. 

Metal lamp parts for a garden project

I spread the pieces apart and realizing there were six "legs" I thought about creating an insect. 

I looked through my junky box of metal pieces and found a few I could add to this to create an insect. 

I just love using inexpensive garden junk and fun garden signs in my garden. 

Repurposed metal lamp parts garden bee

Next, I added a cork head to my piece. 

DIY Repurposed metal lamp parts garden bee

Now I'm thinking bee... 

I painted the piece with black hammered spray paint.


Spray painted Repurposed metal lamp parts garden bee

My bee needs wings so I cut a pair of wings out of metal roof flashing. 

This metal easily cuts with scissors. 

Metal wings from roof flashing

The wings weren't quite right as they were so I stenciled them. 

I sanded the wings then used a chalky black paint to stencil a design. 

Stenciled wings for a repurposed garden bee

I thought the spring-like piece on the the back of the bee looked like a bee body so I painted it with yellow stripes. 

yellow and black repurposed garden bee

I added a small piece to the front of the cork that looked like a face and my bee was finished! 

DIY yellow and black repurposed garden bee

This bee and the honeycombed cookie cutter I found are the perfect addition to my garden! 

DIY yellow and black repurposed garden bee ornament

It fits perfectly on the side of a large planter. 

Yellow and black repurposed garden bee ornament

And adds a little whimsy to my garden this summer! 

Junk garden bee made from lamp parts
Repurposed vintage lamp into a garden bee ornament
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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .