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How to Make a Bee Skep Decoration

How to Make a Bee Skep

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Back in January a good friend sent me a picture of an adorable decorative bee skep.  It was just so cute, I knew I wanted to make a bee skep myself!  There are all kinds of crafters making these and I have seem them made in different ways!  When I started thinking about the shape I wanted to use, I knew just what I wanted! 

The supplies:

Easter eggs!  Giant, oversized Easter eggs!  The ‘top’ half of the egg would be the perfect shape to make a bee skep!  Now, the problem was, I am stuck at home and I was sure I bought an extra set of these nested eggs last year, just in case they didn’t have them this year. (Do you ever do that?)  I used these same eggs to make a Easter Egg Topiary last year!  

The Process:

This is the largest of the three eggs in the set. 

Using jute rope, wrap it around the base of the top half of the egg and start it as shown and begin using hot glue to attach the top part of the rope to the rope beneath it. 
Continue to wrap the rope around the egg and continue gluing the rope.  You will use the glue on the top of the rope and push the top layer of the rope down hard to secure the ropes tightly.You can see above where the glue is to go.  Do NOT gluing the rope to the egg, you are just gluing the rope to itself.  When you get to the top, your skep will be looking like this as shown above. You should be able to slide the egg out of your skep at this point.  Your skep will be stiff and hold its shape now.  You can finish the top of your skep as shown.  You may leave a hole to suspend your skep from a rope, or close it in.There are different ways to suspend your skep, for me, I wedged two small dowels into the top of my skep as shown above.  Add a spot of hot glue to each place where the dowels touch the rope for extra security.  Take a piece of rope,  make a loop and pull the ends down through the hole on the top of the skep. I used a smaller piece of twine to tie the loose ends of rope beneath the X of the dowels.  Now there is a loop to suspend the skep.  I will get rid of all of that extra hot glue by using a hot hair dryer after I am all done!

Use acrylic paint to paint a circle to look like the hole on your skep for your bees to enter. 

Cut a short piece of the same jute rope you use to fashion your skep.Glue that piece of rope into a circle as shown above.  Glue that circle onto the skep around the black circle you have painted onto your skep.  

Personalize your skep:

Now it is time to have fun!  Add some ribbon or little bees to your skep! 

Cute bee-themed ribbons are the perfect way to dress  up your skep.  

I found these fun bee lights that come with a remote control, so I can hide the battery pack inside my skep and turn them on without having to move it.

Check out more of my crafts at Celebrate & Decorate Crafts.  

My skeps are ready to display…for now on my front porch.  Where would you display your skeps?  

 

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35 Comments

  1. Very sweet. I love how you recycled the rope from your Christmas tree decorations too. Keep the projects coming. 🙂

  2. rita ranieri says:

    Omg, you are so creative ! I love everything you make. Do you have any ideas for wedding crafts, mother of the brides house decorations for wedding pictures? Thanks

    1. Thank you so much! I would certainly make a pretty wreath in the wedding colors or maybe all white for your front door. Maybe add tulle to it to make it more bridal. Next week I will be sharing a picture of the faux wisteria I have done around my front door for spring. It would be a lovely look for wedding pictures, make sure you tune in next week to see it!

  3. Chloe,

    I have seen these made before and yours is the best!

    I didn’t see the egg coming but it makes so much sense. It gives the perfect form.

    Love the bee lights too! Pinning my friend

    Cindy

  4. Thank you for your tutorial on the bee skeps. You make things look so easy that I had to try them. I used a small glass dome to make six for individual ones for place settings and used a circle of blackboard sticker behind the circle of jute for the door instead of paint, that way I can write names in chalk for name place card idea. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas.

    1. I love the idea of putting them at each place setting! That is brilliant to use them for place cards!

  5. Adorable, Chloe! Great idea using the egg. It’s the perfect shape! Love the accessories, too! You can also cover the egg in plastic wrap to help with not gluing the rope to the egg.

    1. Thanks Gail! I thought I would have trouble with it getting stuck on the egg, but it didn’t really!

  6. This is adorable!! I love the bee lights, too. Thank you for sharing how you inserted the hanger. How creative!

  7. Chloe, it probably will come as no surprise that I love all things bee, bee-cause of my name! My first Favorite Things Party had a bee theme and I made all kind of decorations — including much smaller skeps for wreaths, etc. Yours are fabulous! Great idea using the large eggs too. And, those lights — bee still my heart!

  8. That is the cutest craft! I watched your video and the bees are adorable!

    Happy day friend!
    karianne

  9. I think these are the prettiest bee skeps I have ever seen! And such a smart tutorial for creating them! Pinned, and I’m featuring you at Tuesday Turn About this week!

    1. Thank you so much Julie. I am not only in love with my sweet skeps, I seem to just want to keep making more! I will soon be without any more rope, so on to something new!

  10. What size jute did you use

    1. Hi Cindy! I used two different sizes on my two different skeps. I have not been able to go out, so I used rope from an old Christmas project, so I don’t know what size I used. I am sorry I don’t have that information.

  11. This is a super clever idea. I have to try it out.
    Have a safe and healthy spring,
    Kippi

    1. Thank you so much Kippi! I am in love with these skeps! I think I will keep making them until I run out of rope!

  12. This is just beyond cute. I was fooled by the black paint, it does look like a door for the bees to enter. So adorable and fun. Pinned

  13. The themed ribbon really took it over the top and yes I buy things at the end of the season also. Trouble is, sometimes I don’t remember where I stashed them, LOL!!

    1. Thanks so much Sandra…I have the same problem. I am trying to use this time at home to sort through and clean out!

  14. These look fabulous. I love your little bee lights. Thanks for so many pictures and instructions. It looks so easy to do!

  15. Chloe, I’m still drooling over these!! You are so creative and inspiring! Thanks for sharing at Charming Homes and Gardens!!

  16. I made this skep and loving it. I used a plastic planter. Very happy with the results. Thank you

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