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!