June 24, 2020

A Twist on a Beehive!

There is something about bee projects that makes me smile every time! 

What You'll Need:

For this beehive tutorial, here is what I used:

  • Plastic container (I used a Tupperware type container I had laying around but you can also use yogurt or sour cream containers!)
  • A half foam ball (you'll want the diameter of it to be close to the diameter of the bottom of the container)
  • A small piece of 20 or 22 gauge floral wire
  • Twine, medium to large thickness
  • Sharpie marker or black paint
  • Greenery and/or filler
  • Sola wood flowers  (I used minis, munchkins and a barkie small)
  • Hot glue
  • Bees!

Get Your Base Set Up!

To get started on your beehive shape, flip over the container so the bottom is on top. Cut a foam ball (or use an already cut half ball) and glue to the container. Take your small piece of floral wire (about 1" in length is plenty long!) and bend in half. Take the end of your twine and set it inside the wire "staple" you just created. Push down on the wire to secure the twine end!

Glue and Swirl!

To further secure the twine, I added some hot glue to the wire staple and twine on top of the foam ball. While the glue was still drying, I began swirling the twine around the foam in a tight circle. For the beginning of this process, I used a popsicle stick to push down the twine to ensure it was flush with the foam. It is a-okay if this top section looks a little messy as we will be covering it with greenery and flowers in later steps!

Keep Swirling!

Keep turning your container while holding your twine to get very close lines. You will want to use a little glue every few spins to make sure the twine is staying in place. To finish it off at the bottom, glue along the entire bottom edge and secure your twine to the glue.

This process takes a while but it is so worth it in the end!

Create an Entry for the Bees!

Your faux bees need a safe space to enter your beehive, right?! Take a little extra twine and add a thin circle of glue directly to the beehive. Add twine to the glue. I did a double circle of twine!

Paint/Marker the Center Black!

I used a Sharpie marker to fill in the center of the circle but you can also use a paintbrush and some black paint to create the illusion of a hole in the beehive (without having to cut the plastic container or paint the inside of it!).

Add Greenery!

I grabbed a few of my favorite greenery sprigs, cut them down to scale and added them by using hot glue. It can be a little tricky to make sure they stay in place (especially if you are doing any cascading bits) so I used my popsicle stick again to help hold things in place while the glue dried.

Add Flowers!

I might have a slight obsession with mini flowers (ok, ALL flowers!) but these were such a fun addition to the beehive! I added a little hot glue to the back of the flowers and added them directly to my greenery/container base.

Add Bees!

These bees are pushpins (the link is in the What You’ll Need section above) so for the ones I added to the container, I simply chose the location of where I wanted them and pushed the pin through the twine and container side! For the one in the flower, I glued it directly to the flower to secure it.

And there you have it, my twist on the beehives that are popping up everywhere!