Getting creative with a Flow Hive 2

Our Paulownia Flow Hive 2 has the same light-weight benefits as our cedar Flow Hives, but is best painted to ensure the longevity of the hive.

Getting creative with a Flow Hive 2

It’s a great opportunity to get creative, and make your gorgeous brand 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.

Start with a base coat, 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.

Getting creative with a Flow Hive 2
Getting creative with a Flow Hive 2

Watch how Halle created the dotted effect using Banksias as paint brushes:

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!

"Ask two beekeepers one question, get three answers."

At Flow, we love to hear from all kinds of beekeepers using all types of methods, but their views are their own and are not necessarily endorsed by Flow. We advise reading widely, connecting with your local beekeeping association and finding a mentor as you delve into this fascinating hobby.