How to Build a Bee Waterer

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DIY Bee Waterer Craft Project

Make your own diy bee waterer and help save the bees. Everyone wants to help honey bees and other beneficial pollinators enjoy our gardens. We enjoy planting flowers that bees love but they need water too. This simple craft project is great for any age group – young or old and offers education opportunities.

picture of a honey bee drinking water from a handmade waterer

What is a Bee Waterer?

We know that many bees gather plant nectar to make honey and pollen to feed babies but they need other things too.

Honey bees in particular use water for several activities in the hive. However, butterflies, wasps and other pollinators drink water too.

Do you have a water source in your garden? Perhaps you should. Providing a drinking source for bees 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.

There are many ways to provide a water source for honey bees. Don’t overthink things, this doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking.

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

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

supplies for bee water station

How Providing Water in Your Garden Helps Bees

Don’t bees use natural water sources? Yes, honey 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 the bees of good drinking water. This contributes to overall bee health because they are not taking toxic chemicals back to the hive.

Honey Bees Collect Water

Water is collected by worker honey bees and taken back to the hive. Inside the hive, the water-loaded bees walk around the giving water to house bees that need it.

Bees use water in the hive in several ways. It is used to thin honey for eating, control the humidity level of the hive and to cool the beehive on hot days.

The bee colony does not store water in the hive. It is not placed in honeycomb cells. Therefore, some bees are constantly given the task of collecting water.

And, with this project – it can be done with just a little preparation-and not very much money.

Beekeepers Need Larger Water Sources

For a garden, a smaller structure works well. You only need it to hold enough water to last until you check it in a day or two.

picture of honey bee drinking water from faucet

However, If you are a beekeeper with several hives, 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

Maybe you are not a beekeeper with a lot of hives but you still want to help the bees. No problem, this is an easy project to complete in a couple of days.

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Here is a smaller project that is fun to do. You can even get the children and grandchildren involved in this bee friendly project.

It is a good opportunity to teach the importance of bees and our responsibility to the environment.

Make Your Own Clay Dish Bee Waterer

Materials needed for this project:

materials for the bee waterer project, clay dish, glue and glass stones

Time needed: 1 day.

The bee craft project makes a small bee waterer to decorate your bee garden and provide a drink for thirsty insects.

  1. Pour clear glue in clay dish

    Pour about clear glue in the clay dish to a depth of about 1/4″.

    Don’t put too much glue… ( I almost did!) Next time I would use less and the project would dry quicker!

    shallow clay dish for bee waterer

  2. Add stones – glass or rock

    Place your glass stones ( or real ones) in the dish. The clear glue should surround each stone.

    Arrange them in any design. You only need one layer and place them 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.

    Once your project has completely dried for a couple of days. You are ready to place it in the garden and fill with water.

    image of bee waterer craft made from shallow clay dish

How to Use Your Bee Waterer

Use only water in your dish. Don’t add sugar water or honey to your bee waterer. 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.

This small bee garden craft is not intended for beekeepers with multiple hives nearby – for that you need a larger water source.

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

Don’t stop here, there are many great ideas for ways to add more bee waterers in your backyard.

Beekeeper Charlotte

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