Swarming Honey Bee Stencil Side Table

When you get your hands on a new stencil, do you feel like you want to go a little stencil crazy with it and pounce the pattern onto whatever you can find, just to get your money’s worth? Even if the stencil didn’t cost that much? I have several old windows that I’d like to stencil with this pretty bumble bee and honey comb pattern.  But before I do that, I wanted to try it out on something else.

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Enter an old wooden side table complete with folding table flaps. I just haven’t been able to let it go.


Unfortunately, this isn’t very sturdy. But on the bright side, with the flaps up, it make a great canvas for a swarming honey bee pattern, or at least an attempt at one. So here we go.

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Furniture piece

Light green chalk paint ( I mixed some green acrylic paint into the yellow chalk paint)

Dark gray chalk paint – Relic from Deco Art

Soft Touch Varnish from Americana Decor

Honey bee stencil – I used Show-Off from Hobby Lobby, but you can find a very similar stencil, online.

Pouncing brush

Sponge roller

Exacto knife


To make a swarming honey bee stencil pattern I separated the bee portion from the honey comb portion with an Exacto to make it easier to move the bee around while stenciling.  There’s really nothing to it. Move the bee image back and forth in a random pattern. I did mine down the center of the table letting some of the bees trail off the side of the table because I thought that would look kind of cool.

I need some practice! I haven’t done a lot of stenciling, so some of the bees aren’t filled in as much as some of the others. I tried to go over one of the bees, but that didn’t work out so well, so I stopped the madness right there.

I used the same stencil to make Bumble Bee jar candles and they turned out really well, too.


On the other hand. For the little shelf underneath, I was worried that the honeycomb would bleed and look messy, but I think it actually came out pretty clean and honey-comby looking.





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All in all, I love how this table turned out. Now I think I can finally part with it. Maybe it will go to one of my nieces or heck, I’d even feel better giving it to the Salvation Army now that it looks respectable:-D

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7 Responses to Swarming Honey Bee Stencil Side Table

  1. Anne April 6, 2017 at 7:22 am #

    That is adorable Amy! Great project!!

  2. Sharleen April 6, 2017 at 10:54 pm #

    such a cutie Amy. Well done . love the colours. and the Bee 😀

  3. pam May 16, 2017 at 8:58 pm #

    What a beautiful little table. You did such a great job on it.

    • Amy May 17, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

      Thanks so much Pam!

  4. Angie ~ ambient wares June 25, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

    What a fun stencil! It turned out great 🙂 Pinned

  5. Lisa June 26, 2017 at 7:59 pm #

    Such a fun whimsical piece–a great DIY project. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. kathleen Rupp June 27, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

    WOW that is such a cute table now! I love what you did with it! I am a huge fan of stencils too…..glad I found your site:)

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