Getting creative with a Flow Hive 2

Our Araucaria Flow Hive 2—along with all our Araucaria hives and supers—is best painted to ensure the longevity of the hive.

It’s a great opportunity to get creative, and make your gorgeous new hive a masterpiece! This is a fun activity to do with the kids and may inspire them to get involved in the fascinating world of bees.

Our GM Summer enlisted the help of her daughter Halle to create a work of art for the Flow Apiary...

Here’s how to get started:

Start with assembling your hive. Make sure to leave all the fittings off the hive, as this will make your job just a little bit easier.

Use a base coat first – go for a single background colour to make the artwork stand out. We recommend using a non/low-toxic exterior-grade paint for the health of your bees.

Make sure to paint a minimum of two coats, to ensure your hive is properly weatherproof. Be sure to let each coat dry thoroughly between applications, as per the instructions provided by the paint company.

Don’t forget to paint the rear access latch and windows. We recommend painting both the inside and outside of the window covers, as this will prevent them warping over time – plus, the bees won’t be exposed to the inside covers, so it’s fine to paint these. It’s important to take care on the sides of any removable windows or doors as too much paint can create a tight fit.

Once you’ve completed the base coats, now is the time to get creative! You can get sample paint-pots from the hardware store for multiple colours, should you choose to get colourful with the design.

Halle chose to paint Australian native grass and flowers (Kangaroo Paws), drawing inspiration from the plants where the bees may forage. She even used native flowers as brushes for a striking effect.

Watch how Halle created the dotted effect using Banksias as paintbrushes:

Make sure to let your hive dry thoroughly before attaching the brass knobs, latches and window covers. You’ll need to allow a few days for the hive to air out before housing your bees.

Add your colony, and watch them enjoy their new, beautiful home!