Home Decor Rope Beehive
The bee is more honored than other animals not because she labors, but because she labors for others.” -Saint John Chrysostom
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You may know me by the name Salvage Sister, but in my day to day life I go by Deborah; it’s my Clark Kent to my Superman.
As a kid, I remember being told about Deborah from the Bible. She was strong and a leader. But, did you also know that Deborah means bee? I have a strong connection to those little yellow and black, aerodynamically challenged but still fly anyways, little guys.
I love having the association with these beauties especially as a fruit-a-holic, I need bees in my life!!!
When I saw this photo of beehive homes at Magnolia Market, I knew I needed to make one.
Aren’t they adorable?
Now, if you really want to make a real bee skep from straw, here is an excellent tutorial. I did a faux one using what I had on hand, and I did not have all day..haha.
HOME DECOR BEEHIVE SUPPLIES
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- An object for your mold, like a bowl
- Non-Stick Cooking Spray
- Hot Glue, the full size is the way to go!
- Rope (mine was a thrift store find..whoohoo)
- School Glue, optional
- Foam Brush
- Black Craft Paint
- Painter’s Tape
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- First, when choosing an object to form your rope around, you will want to ensure you can slide the object off of the mold. If you have a lip on the object, it may prevent it from easily removing the rope mold.
- When you have chosen your object to mold, you can spray it lightly with a little cooking spray so the glue won’t stick to the object. If you don’t want to use cooking spray, you can stick the object in the freezer afterward to try and unmold the object as well.
- Starting at the bottom, you will want to wrap your rope around the molding object – not tightly.
- Using your glue gun, continue to glue and wrap rope as you move toward the top.
- Depending on the shape of your object and your preferences, you may want to freehand some of the beehive, as I did here:
- When you get to the very top, you will want to leave a little hole so you can loop your rope and glue it to the middle.
- If you want to ensure your hive is completely tight, you can take some school glue and apply a thin coat on the inside to give it a little hold.
- After you have unmolded your hive from your object, you will need to make the bottom by gluing and wrapping the rope. If you want, you could use a discarded piece of cardboard to make the circular bottom on as well. I did mine without.
- To make the small opening, you could try and cut the rope. Instead, I painted it black using a foam brush and some painter’s tape.
- Finally, after my craft and DIY projects, I use Lava Soap to clean up afterward. It’s great at removing all the extra glue and paint and grease off my hands.
Such a fun little decor item and would be really cute for a party as well…
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