12 Crafts of Christmas – Day #8, Clothespin Bees, Dragonflies and Butterflies

Day 8 Craft: Clothespin Bees, Dragonflies and Butterflies

Eight Maids a-Milking are representative of the Eight Beatitudes. More on them below.
Today’s craft is clothespin Bees, and Dragonflies and Butterflies. 

If you want to only make Bees, that’s great!
If you notice, the insects we’ve pictured here are Purple, Green and Gold…   The colors of Mardi Gras !
On the 12th day of Christmas we celebrate Epiphany, and, the beginning of the Mardi Gras season.

We created a pattern for the wings that you can

The 8 Beatitudes and Their Meaning
Matthew 5:1-12

1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

The poor in spirit are those who feel a deep sense of spiritual destitution and comprehend their nothingness before God. The kingdom of heaven is theirs, because they seek it, and therefore find and abide in it. To this virtue is opposed the pride of the Pharisee, which caused him to thank God that he was not as other men, and to despise and reject the kingdom of heaven. There must be emptiness before there can be fullness, and so poverty of spirit precedes riches and grace in the kingdom of God.

2. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

The blessing is not upon all that mourn but upon those who mourn in reference to sin. They shall be comforted by the discovery and appropriation of God’s pardon. But all mourning is traced directly or indirectly to sin. We may take it, therefore, that in its widest sense the beatitude covers all those who are led by mourning to a discerning of sin, and who so deplore its effects and consequences in the world as to yearn for and seek the deliverance which is in Christ.

3. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth

The humble would receive far greater than the arrogant and prideful. Not only do the meek enjoy more of life on earth because of their ability to be content, but they will possess and enjoy the earth after Jesus’ return and triumphal entry. 

4. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Because of Christ, we can cling to the promise of everlasting righteousness in heaven. While we are called to live like Christ, we also have forgiveness of sin. 

5. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Mercy is an active virtue that Christians can show to each other because we have been given mercy ourselves. Since God has forgiven our offenses, we should forgive others and show mercy.

6. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

The pure in heart are those who are free from evil desires and purposes. They can see and experience God’s presence because they are free from self-righteousness and arrogance. 

7. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of God.  

The term includes all who make peace between men, whether as individuals or as communities. It includes even those who worthily endeavor to make peace, though they fail of success. They shall be called God’s children because he is the God of peace who sent His own Son as the Prince of Peace.

8. Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Those who suffer because of their loyalty to the kingdom of heaven are blessed by being bound more closely to that kingdom for which they suffer.

Making the Clothespin Insects

 What you will need:

~ Clothespins
~ Pattern
~ Craft Paints
~ Scissors
~ Glue
~ Brushes
~ Markers and Glitter glue
~ Pom poms
~ Pipe cleaners
~ Googlie eyes

Start by painting the clothespins.
Here we have painted yellow, then black stripes, for the bees, brown for the butterflies and red, green and blue for the dragonflies.

While the clothespins are drying, prepare the wings.

Use your markers, glitter glue, crayons or paints (like on the butterflies).

There is no wrong way to decorate your wings!

Set aside to dry.

Prepare the pipe cleaners by cutting 1 12″ piece into 3 4″ pieces for the legs.

Use a half (6″) piece for the antennae.

Once the “bodies” are dry, we can add the legs.

Begin with 3  of the 4″ pieces. Twist them around each other and tuck into the clothespin.

To add the antennae, fold in half, place in the “notch” and then twist together on the top of the clothespin.

Shape your legs and antennae however you like.
Follow the same instructions to add to the Dragonflies and Butterflies.
NOTE: we did not use legs on our butterflies.
AND, we noticed the green dragonfly looks like a grasshopper without its wings.

To add the wings, apply a bit of glue and press them on.
Add a bit more glue, then the pom poms.

To add the eyes, apply your glue to the back of the eyes, then place on the pom pom.

Follow the instructions above for the Dragonflies and Butterflies.

Allow the glue to dry and you’re ready to clip them anywhere !

Day 9  First Saturday of 2021 !


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