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How to Build a Small Bee Waterer

Looking for an easy way to help bees and promote the importance of all pollinators? This DIY bee waterer craft project will do just that. In addition to planting flowers that bees love, a small water source can be very beneficial. This simple bee craft project is great for any age group – young or old and offers educational opportunities too.

Clay saucer bee waterer craft made with glass stones image.

DIY Bee Waterer Craft Project for Your Garden

All kinds of bees work hard to gather the foods that they need to grow their family. We know that honey bees gather plant nectar to make honey. This food is stored in the hive to provide Winter food.

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Bees also collect pollen from blooming flowers. What do bees do with pollen? Do they use it to make honey? No, bees use pollen to feed baby bees – it is their only source of protein.

But bees, butterflies, wasps and other pollinators need water too. In the honey bee colony, it is used to dilute food and help cool the hive during hot days.

Providing Water in Your Garden Helps Bees

Don’t bees use natural water sources? Yes, bees are very good at seeking out natural water sources.

However, these natural sources may be very far away from the hive. In addition, in some locations many creeks and streams are polluted.

Providing clean water in your garden assures that beneficial insects have good drinking water. This contributes to overall bee health.

The good news is- providing a water source in your bee friendly garden or backyard is not hard to do. A bee waterer can be as small and simple as a dripping bucket or as elaborate as a large water garden or pond.

Honey bee drinking water from faucet image.

Beekeepers Need Larger Water Sources

For a garden or backyard, a smaller structure like this bee waterer craft works well. You only need it to hold enough water to last until you check it each day.

However, If you are a beekeeper with beehives, you may need a larger bee water source.
Some Ideas include:

  • a large bucket (with lid) that drips water slowly through a faucet
  • a large bird bath with pebbles to create a shallow area
  • a plastic “whisky barrel” planter with a small fountain
  • a small-medium water garden with plants and fish

Make Your Own Clay Dish Bee Waterer

This small project that is fun to do. You can even get the children and grandchildren involved.

Beyond the actual artistic opportunity of the craft project. It is a good opportunity to teach the importance of bees and our responsibility to the environment.

Use these ideas to get the bee education started:

Clay dish, pebbles and glue to make a bee waterer image.

Bee Waterer DIY Craft

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
This bee craft project makes a small bee waterer to decorate your bee garden and provide a drink for thirsty insects.
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  • Choose a Clay Dish: Obviously, the larger the dish the better from a standpoint of it holding more water.
    However, if you are working with folks with small hands… a large dish may be overwhelming and will require more stones too!
    It should be clean of any dust or dirt. For extra longevity, you could spray it with acrylic sealer to make it more water proof – but that is optional.
    Parchment paper or similar can be used to protect your working space.
    Large terra cotta dish image.
  • Add Glue: A quick word about glue. Clear glue is generally the best because you don’t have to worry about any of it showing.
    However, if you use Elmers Washable Glue (again a good choice for working with children) – you must let it dry a day or more before adding water. Otherwise your stones will release.
    Dribble some glue in the bottom of the dish. Don’t put too much. You only need the glue to hold the stones in place.
    Dribbling clear glue on bee waterer dish image.
  • Add stones – glass or rock: Place your glass stones ( or real ones) in the dish. Arrange them in any design. You may only need one layer.
    They do not have to be touching, just close enough together to prevent bees from drowning.
    We want some of the stones to stick up out of the water when finished. This gives the bees a place to stand and drink.
    Honeybees drown very easily. Stack your stone 2 deep if needed.
    Glass stones glued in bee water dish image.
  • Let glue dry and cure: If you are using washable glue, it can take 2-3 days to dry and cure. The time frame depends on the humidity where you live too.
    Once the glue is completely dry – your bee waterer dish is ready to use.
    Add some water and place it in your garden. (If you want to be extra cautious, add a couple of small floating sticks etc, to offer the bees even more drinking locations.)
    Glass and terra cotta bee waterer in garden image.

How to Use Your Bee Waterer

Use only water in your dish. Don’t add sugar water or honey. This would attract ants and cause a robbing frenzy resulting in bee deaths.

Make a plan to check your bee waterer often and refill as needed. Some thirsty insects will be grateful this season.

Don’t be afraid to have fun and experiment. One popular version is to add natural stones around the edge and put colorful gems in the center. The larger stones are glued in and the middle ones are loose for easy cleaning.

Natural river stone and glass stones in a clay dish for bee water image.

These cute bee craft projects are one simple way to provide a sip for thirsty bees and butterflies. Thus inviting more insects to visit your oasis of beauty.

If you want to create a second, slightly larger source, consider building this clay pot and saucer water station too!

A beautiful addition to your garden, make several – a great bee craft for youngsters to make and give as gifts.

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