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Published on June 18th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe


National Pollinator Week: Build a DIY Beehive!

National Pollinator Week: Build a DIY Beehive!

June 16-22 is National Pollinator Week, and what better way to celebrate than by inviting pollinators to your own backyard?

If you’re a regular reader here, you know that pollinators are a critical part of our food supply. Without bees, butterflies, and other pollinators our store shelves would look pretty empty. National Pollinator Week is all about raising awareness.

We obviously can’t restore the declining bee and monarch butterfly populations in a single week. What we can do is hip more people to this problem and arm them with solutions. I originally shared this awesome DIY beehive over at our sister site Crafting a Green World, and it felt like a great National Pollinator Week project to share here, too!

If you’re not into building something as involved as the project below, check out my DIY native bee habitat project instead. All that you need are wood and a drill to get started with that one

Spotted: DIY Beehive in a Mason Jar

by Becky Striepe, Crafting a Green World

Want to invite pollinators to your garden? Try this awesome DIY beehive made with mason jars!

Did you guys know that it’s National Pollinator Week? We really need to think about pollinators like bees and butterflies every week, but this week folks are paying extra special attention to these important insects. Keeping bees is one way that you can help support our food system by helping these fragile creatures thrive.

Related: Build a Native Bee Habitat from Scrap Wood

Vegan Crafter Note: If you’re vegan, keeping bees might seem like it goes against your ethics, but it doesn’t have to! Who says that you have to harvest any honey? You can keep bees just for the love of pollinators!

This project from Instructables is pretty involved, but if you’ve been wanting to get into beekeeping, it looks like a great way to get started! To make your own DIY beehive, you’ll need:

  • handheld drill
  • small drill bit
  • 2 1/2″ hole maker drill attachment
  • saw (any kind that will cut wood)
  • measuring tape, L or T square ruler, yardstick ruler ( to make measurement)
  • hammer
  • piece of nail or screw ( to make hole in the lids of mason jar)
  • pencil
  • heat source such as lighters, or match sticks.
  • (11) 1/2 gallon mason jars or (12) quart mason jars
  • Tiny 1/2″ screws (4) for each mason jar
  • small piece of beeswax
  • wood glue
  • wood stain in light color such as white, bright blue or green. Generlly, light color is for summer. If you want to place the beehive in open field under hot sun. Dark color for shade area or used for mild winter area to retian some heat for the bees to survive.
  • Beehive super with deep wall that will fit over the jars (already made or bought)

There is also an alternate method for making this DIY beehive, so head over to Instructables for the variations and instructions!

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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