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