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.
What is a Bee Waterer?
Do you have a water source in your garden? Perhaps you should. Bees need water and providing a consistent water source is not a lot of work.
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 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.
How Providing Water in Your Garden Helps Bees
Do bees drink water? Yes, water is very important to insects and honey bees are no exception.
While insects are very adept at finding natural water sources, they may have to fly far to do so.
Providing clean water in your garden assures the bees of good drinking water.
More importantly than just a cool drink, honey bees use water inside the the hive.
How Honey Bees Use 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.
Providing water for thirsty insects can be an important part of your pollinator garden.
And, with this project – it can be done with just a little preparation-and not very much money.
Bee Water Station Ideas
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.
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.
For a large number of bees, I have used a tub like the one above. Add water, a small fountain and plants for the bees to sit on while drinking.
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:
- a large shallow container – I used a 12″ clay saucer (plastic is ok)
- a bottle of clear glue
- assorted colorful glass pebbles or small stone
Pour enough clear glue to cover the bottom of the dish. You only need enough to cover the whole bottom by about 1/4 “.
Place your glass stones ( or real ones) in the dish. The clear glue should surround each stone. Don’t put too much glue… ( I almost did!) Next time I would use less and the project would dry quicker!
We want some of the pebbles to stick up out of the glue. 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.
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, use 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.