I started to fall in love with bee crafts late last year and this spring I decided to make DIY bee hives for my farmhouse tiered tray!
DIY Bee Hives
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have always had a wee bit of an obsession with bees. But it wasn’t until last year, toward the end of the fall, that I decided to dip my toes into bee crafts. Once I made the first, I was hooked, but the season wasn’t quite right. Recently, with the coming of spring, though, the bee-making-party has begun!
I have made a handful of fun bee-related crafts, but this one? My little DIY bee hives? Perfect in every way. So, if you’re ready to make your own tiny home for bees. let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a DIY Bees keep
- Work slowly, taking the time to press the twine together and hold it in place until the glue cools to close any gaps between each layer. This may put your fingers in danger of coming into contact with the hot glue. So, for this project (and loads of others on which I have burned my fingers sooo badly), I strongly recommend a set of little finger guards like these – they’re invaluable for anyone who may or may not be a little prone to hot glue owies.
- The best part of this fun DIY bees keep, for me, is the ridiculously cute little bees I found. But, I am told by a friend that her Dollar Tree didn’t have them. So sad, but that’s ok, because I found her a set of itty bitty bees AND ladybugs here that are so funtastic I am a little jealous.
- One thing I wish I had done, but obviously did not, was make a little honey dribbling out of the bee hive’s entry. I ran out and didn’t want to wait for the delivery, but I plan to do this. I like to use this yellow hot glue. It makes the nicest little dribble and adds a touch of whimsy that you just want to taste!
How Do I Make DIY Beehives?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- Medium or Small Flower Pot (plastic)
- 3-4 -feet Jute Rope/Twine
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Bee Stickers
- Paint Brush
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Sticks
- Turn your flower pot open-side down. Place a bit of hot glue in a small 3-4 inch line around the bottom of a flower pot, then affix the beginning of a rope. Continue working around the pot, gluing the rope onto the side of it, stacking the rope tightly and neatly, holding it in place until the hot glue cools, to eliminate gaps between the rope layers. Wrap the rope around the flower pot, gluing it place, until you reach the top.
- To create the loop on top, cut a 4-6 -inch section of rope, then fold it in half, placing a small amount of hot glue between the two ends to keep them together. Add a large dollop of glue to the top center of the pot and place both ends of the folded rope section onto the pot, allowing the hot glue to cool completely before removing pressure.
- Continue wrapping the rope around the pot, working to cover the entire pot. Trim the end and secure behind the loop.
- Cut a 4-6 -inch section of rope, gluing the two ends together to make a circle. Apply a thin line of glue to the back of the circle of rope then press this into the center front of the beehive. This will create the opening. Hold the circle in place until the glue cools completely so that it does not slip.
- Paint the inside of the circle with the black paint, allowing it to dry completely. I had to apply two coats to make it look neat enough to my liking.
- Finally, I hot glued the bee stickers in place around the bee hive randomly and placed it on my farmhouse tiered tray (before making a second one I absolutely loved).
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More DIY Bee Crafts You Might Like
- Mini Bee Canvas Cricut Joy Craft – One of the first bee crafts I made and so cute, simple and fun, I just love seeing it all the time paired with my farmhouse decor – so adorable!
- The Best Bee Cut Files for Digital Crafting – Once I made that first bee craft, I got a, well, a bee up my bonnet and made a ton of cut files to make some of the most fun digital crafts with!
- Winnie the Pooh Hot Cocoa Bombs – Honey, bears and bees make the cutest and most fun little hot cocoa bombs you’ll ever enjoy!
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