Painted Bee Hives

Getting a little arty with your bee hives won’t matter much to the bees, but it can be fun for the bee keeper. Our provincial Honey Producers Association convention was hosted by our local Bee Club in our home city last week. To add a little flair to the event I was asked to decorate a bee hive to be put on display and auction.

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BEE HIVE BOX / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

I started out with a beautiful new hive painted the regulation white. From there I pushed forward with some folk painting in bright colours. All in all I had fun doing the project and imagined how fun it would be if all our hives were so well dressed.

OUR DECORATED BEE HIVE

TOP OF BOX was painted in a cheker board pattern all around.

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TOP BOX / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

BOTTOM BOX was covered with lots of colourful flowers on all sides.

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BOTTOM BOX / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

The LID had a friendly bee front and center to welcome the new occupants.

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LID / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

Put it all together and you have one fancy bee hive.

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PAINTED HIVE / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING
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PAINTED BEE HIVE / SENSIBLE GARDENING AND LIVING

The auction went very well and one happy bee keeper took home my labour of love. I’d like to see the look on his bees faces when he shows up with that hive!

All paints used were water based acrylics and a finishing coat of water based sealer was applied to hopefully help with the damaging effects of the elements. The convention over all was a huge success with great attendance. The  local media jumped right in too with lots of exposure to help the bees.

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