Bee Hive

Made by Lismore Paper

Finding an empty paper wasp hive is something I welcome in the winter. The hives that I generally discover have already been exposed either by an animal or weather. The craftsmanship is rather stunning how they can create such a masterpiece out of weathered wood, sourced from old fences or porches. They chew this wood fiber into a paste-like pulp mixed with their saliva. Then, the wasp form this pulp into hexagon-shaped paper cells and an outer shell. These little pollinators certainly are talented.

I have been fortunate to find a few this season although the one I tried to get to today I couldn’t, too much snow. I will retrieve when there is a little less.

I am working on a piece now that includes a drawing with a piece of hive incorporated into it. I will share it once it is complete. Below is a few pieces of hive art from the internet.

Click the link above to download the Bee Hive Paper above. This is great for any craft project like decoupage, pillows or journaling.

Have a wonderful week!

Much love,



36 thoughts on “Bee Hive

  1. Love this post! Until you, I’ve never thought of wasps as paper makers! I totally love bee motifs and collect abandoned wasp nests too! Tucked into a wreath or next to a potted plant with a few other oddities I find them beautiful! Thank you Lisa for a thought provoking piece!

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  2. We had a wasps nest in the wave of our shed last summer. They didn’t bother us at all, so we left them be. It was fascinating watching them construct it. When they left, we took it down. Amazing how intricate it was inside. Great idea for a design.

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  3. I love the bee hive paper Lisa. I am very wary of wasps, oddly really because I have never been stung by one. They love our cedar garden swing and have been chewing the surface for 25 years without making much impression!

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      1. The only sting I have had was from a bumblebee that fell from a tree right down inside the back of my shirt and panicked from being trapped and me dancing around like a loon trying to get it out. I felt bad about it for days. Poor bee.


  4. Years ago, on a farm l used to rent outbuildings from. They have an earthen wasp nest, they had to gas the nest, but afterwards they filled in with a form of expanding foam and once this had set, they dug out the nest – not realising that it woulkd be as large as it was – they discovered the same principal of hive making.

    Great post.


  5. This is great! Love that you have this Blog and promote knowledge about our little amazing bees! I’ve been a bee advocate and protector for many years and was called the Bee Man by certain local government employees for my incessant advocacy for them when nobody else was doing anything in this area to consider the needs of the great pollinators. Too often people turn a blind eye to things they don’t understand or feel it doesn’t have any immediate effect on them in this instant gratification world we’ve created. Keep up the great art and your indirect or direct positive influence on the many things that matter but need a voice. This is all very interesting what you do!
    God Bless.


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