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 try a diy 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!
A bee skep is the traditional dome shaped coiled straw hive. Primitive bee skeps, if they can be found are treasured by collectors. Placing one of these in your garden gives it a primitive look.
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This diy beehive decoration will be a great addition to your home decor, no matter where you choose to display it! With these instructions you can make your own diy bee skeps.
- Large Easter Eggs
- Hot Glue
- Hot Glue Gun
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Bee lights
- Bee themed ribbons
- Wire cutters
- wood skewers
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!
Using the largest egg in the set, open up the egg and only use the top half of the egg. Take the 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 bottom side of the rope on top to the top of 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 glue the rope to the egg, you are just gluing the rope to itself.
Continue wrapping and gluing the rope as you work your way up and around the egg shape. Be careful not to burn your fingers on the hot glue. You can always use silicone finger protectors to prevent burns. You will want to hold the rope together until the glue has cooled and the pieces of rope are secured to one another.
Step 4: Finishing off the skep
You will complete your skep by gluing the rope into a circle at the top. Cut the rope with a pair of wire cutters.
Step 5: Remove the egg from the skep
Slide the egg out of the rope skep. If you have been careful not to glue the rope to the egg form, the skep will slide right off. Your skep should be firm and sit up on its own.
Step 6: Finishing off the top of your skep
The top of your skep will look something like this. I like to add a nice loop of rope to the top of my bee skeps. With a loop, the skep can be hung to be displayed if you like. The loop also allows for the ribbons to be attached to the top of the skep.
Take a pair of wood skewers, cross them, and secure them in the top of your bee skep as shown below. You may use a little bit of hot glue to make sure the skewers do not wiggle loose.
Make a loop out of your rope, wrap it down around the crossed skewers and tie the two ends of the rope to secure the loop. 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!
Step 7: Adding a door for your bees
Get out your black paint and shake it well.
Paint a circle onto the skep where you want the “door” to your honey bee skep to be.
Cut a piece of rope.
Glue the piece of rope into a circle.
Glue the circle of rope to the skep over the black circle.
Step 8: Personalize your bee skep
Now is your chance to get creative! Add a bow or some fun bee ribbon, perhaps some adorable little felt bees! I love the little bee lights, myself! These will add adorable bee decor to your home or garden!
These skeps are perfect summer decor!
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 the mini bee skep! They make fun little favors at a bee-themed luncheon!
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My skeps are ready to display…for now on my front porch. Where would you display your skeps?
If you would like to read more about bee skeps, you can find more at Honey Bee Suite.