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Carving a Miniature Beehive


This is a fun and easy little project where I make a two inch tall beehive. You can make this project or you can use it as an example to see that you can make all kinds of miniatures with just a few scraps of balsa wood and some paint. That's all it takes!

Well, if you are smitten by bees and all thing "bee" you might like this little balsa wood beehive that I sculpted. I made it for a diorama project on my other website: WillKalif.com

If you want to make one I will give you some easy instruction with pictures on how to make one. Lot of fun and looks pretty neat. You can see the beehive in picture below and it looks like a pretty realistic Langstroth Hive but it is only 2 inches in height :)




The Miniature Beehive


Pieces o f balsa wood

For the beehive I just cut three small pieces of balsa wood. (I also used two more pictures for the gray bricks under the hive)

The big piece is the hive proper and the two flat pieces are the top and bottom of the hive.


The detail carving

I glued the top and bottom onto the hive then I used a tool to indent the handles and to score two lines across the hive, these act as the divisions between the boxes.


Add tiny bees

This picture shows how I finished off the hive. First I painted it white then I rescored anything that needed a little bit of definition like the box lines horizontally across the hive. I then added tiny bees with a sharp pencil! They are all gathered around the opening of the hive.

Finally I added two gray bricks underneath.


Here is a look at the finished diorama that I used this beehive in. If you are interested in making dioramas I have a tutorial on how I made this one right here: The Tree Diorama

The diorama


Miniature tree tutorial

How to Make Miniature trees from Household materials

Miniature trees are expensive. But I have a nice alternative. You can make them with three materials: Brown paper, a kitchen sponge and glue. And they come out great. Make Miniature Trees


Snow in a diorama scene

How to make snow in a diorama

How to make snow in a diorama Here is a great tutorial submitted by a web visitor. It shows you how to make realistic (and durable) snow from scratch.



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