Easy no mess mason jar beehive

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You probally see rows of organic honey jars at the farmers market got you thinking about starting your own backyard beehive? If you live in a suburban area, you may think that starting a beehive cannot be done. However a common suburban backyard can be a perfect place for beehives if done correctly and you do a bit of research and planning before ordering your bees and supplies. It is actually a very simple and easy process with the right tools. Everything you need is below including a supplies list and pictures of our diy Mason jar beehive. It is simply non mess method to harvest honey, simply unscrew the jar and turn it upside down (after bees been deterred to another hive), and without pain-in-the-butt frames.

This instruction is for only for the mason jar part of the whole honey bee system, so refer to internet searches for more information on how to make beehive or purchase beehive online. Also, I will explain how to deter the bees out of the jar, and make final honey jar presentation.

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Step 1: Safety first !

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Sorry for the safety info, it just too important so you can enjoy your beekeeping.

Woodworking can be a safe and enjoyable hobby or vocation, IF you follow some very basic woodworking safety rules. All of the rules are common-sense ideas, but failure to follow these rules will greatly increase the chance of injury when working with your tools. The wood shop is not the place to be in a hurry or have an "it won't happen to me" attitude. Commit these ten rules to habit, and your woodworking experiences will be safer and much more enjoyable.

1. Always Wear safety gear. first and most important rule of woodworking is to wear appropriate safety equipment. While hearing protection is necessary for some very noisy tools such as routers and surface planers, and latex gloves may be necessary when applying finishes, there is no time in the wood shop that you should be without your safety glasses. Put them on when you enter the shop, and don't take them off until you leave. Your eyesight is too important to take.

2. Wear Appropriate Clothing Whenever working in the wood shop, remember to avoid loose-fitting clothing, as you wouldn't want any of your attire to become entangled in a saw blade or cutting head. Wear clothes that are comfortable for the environment in which you're working, but also will protect your body from any wayward wood chips that might result from cutting. Before beginning, remember to remove any dangling jewelry such as neck chains or bracelets.

3. Avoid Drugs and Alcohol Intoxicating substances and woodworking are a dangerous mix. Stay out of the wood shop if you are even remotely under the influence of any intoxicants. While it may seem harmless for the weekend woodworker to crack open a beer (or six) while working on a project, avoid the temptation until you're finished with the woodworking. You're going to be much less likely to encounter a problem if you're clean and sober when working with your power tools.

4. Disconnect Power Before Blade Changes Whenever you need to change a blade or bit on a power tool, always disconnect the electricity to the power tool before even beginning the blade change. (Don't just check to see that the switch is off, as a switch could get bumped or malfunction.) Many a woodworker has lost fingers (or worse) by forgetting this simple but very important rule. I've seen woodworkers even go as far as to affix the wrenches to the power cables so there is NO chance they'll forget to disconnect the power.

5. Try Using One Extension Cord Here's a tip I've used regularly in the past. For all 110-volt power tools in the shop, I use one heavy-duty extension cord. Not one per tool, but one TOTAL. This way, I'm forced to switch the cord from tool to tool before the tool can be used. In this manner, you are always remembering to plug and unplug the power when moving from one tool to another, and you'll be more cognizant of the need to disconnect the power when making bit or blade changes.

6. Use Sharp Blades & Bits This one seems like a no-brainer, but a dull cutting tool is a dangerous tool. If a saw blade is not as sharp as it ideally should be, the tool and the woodworker will have to work harder to complete the desired task. In such cases, the tool will be more likely to kick-back or bind. Besides, a sharper cutting tool will produce a cleaner cut, so there are more than just safety advantages here. Keep the blade sharp and clean of pitch, and you'll be safer and have better results.

7. Always Check for Nails, Screws and Other Metal Another no-brainer tip which doesn't bear mentioning, so that's why I'm going to mention it: Always check the stock you're preparing to cut for any metal (nails, screws, staples, etc.) before beginning a cut. Nails and rapidly spinning saw blades are not a good mix. Not only can this damage the cutting head and the stock, but at the very minimum, can cause the stock to kick back, which is a common cause of injury. Inspect the stock (or better yet, use a metal detector) before cutting.

8. Always Work Against the Cutter Woodworking Power Tools are designed so that the direction that the wood moves through the tool (or the direction that the tool moves across the wood) is in the opposite direction of themovement of the cutting head. In other words, a router bit or saw blade should cut against the motion and not with it. The cutter should cut into the stock, not with the stock.

9. Never Reach Over a Blade to Remove Cut-Offs When working on a Table Saw, Miter Saw, etc., never put your hands anywhere near the moving blade, especially when attempting to remove waste or cut-offs. Wait until the blade has stopped moving and THEN reach for the cut-off. Better yet, once the saw blade has stopped, use a piece of scrap or a push stick to move the waste away from the blade. Remember that switches can be inadvertently bumped or malfunction, so just because the blade has stopped, don't relax and put your hands too close.

10. Avoid Distractions Distractions are a part of everyday life, and working in the wood shop is no different. When you are summoned or distracted while in the middle of performing an action with a power tool, remember to always finish the cut to a safe conclusion before dealing with the distraction. Taking your attention away from the woodworking tool is a recipe for disaster.

Source : by chris baylor

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spikeseller1 month ago
That is a great instructable. Your safety tips should be at the start of every instructable on this site that use power tools. Awesome job!

Safety tips are for people with no "common sense" that shouldn't be using any kind of tools.

I used to be a safety director and I can assure you that even people with common sense need safety training-in fact, the worst safety offenders are people who don't think they need it. Sorry, just the facts.

aebe tjk193912 days ago

Ook . Nope , safety tips are for folks with common sense , or planning on surviving long enough to learn some .

I've taught classes on how to use power and hand tools , chainsaws also . If you like yourself to remain unsliced or diced , its a very good idea , and just picking up a tool does not impart the knowledge to use it .

I definitely agree with you! I wish more people would post this along with their instructions!

wold63018 days ago

Congrats on your big win - you deserve it! This project is amazing. My husband and I have talked about getting bees for a long time now so I'm trying to convince him to build this very soon!! Thanks for sharing!

mygibzone19 days ago

We have a small homestead and keeping bees is on our to-do list for next year. I can't wait to build this! Thank you so much for sharing!

Very cool!

Absolutely the BEST Instructible I've seen to date! WTG!!! My husband will dance a jig when he sees this one. We've been wanting to keep bees forever but couldn't afford the supers and all other equipment needed. I've NEVER been stung by a honeybee altho I'm aware they can and will if threatened but I've picked wild blackberries/raspberries/mulberries side by side w/ the bees and they just went about their business and I went about mine. It was actually a very peaceful experience as it was such a nice day, cool breeze, big tasty berries and I could hear the hum of the bees. It's better than music as are my bird friends' singing to me outside. I have a mockingbird named Stuart who comes when called as he knows I always come bearing treats for him. And a Robin I call Momma who always has 2-3 nestsful of chicks every summer. I feed her and supply her w/ worms from my worm composter and buy her meal worms. Also I like to give her eggshells I've ground really fine w/ mortar and pestle. She comes when called too. I must stress...these birds are NOT PETS. I've never even tried to touch them. They choose what to do when I call and they choose whether to avail themselves of offered goodies. It is pretty cool tho for me to be outside gardening while Stuart sings all the songs he knows. He's quite the showoff and he is very territorial. He will run off much bigger birds if they are trying to get his food or if they come too close to me. I guess you could say I'm his. Brava! Wild Whippet Woman

Jobar0071 month ago

What size super are you covering the jars with? What size jars are you using?

This is a clever idea and I like it a lot. I think that I'll have to setup my hives to have this too.

Honey color is dependent on the flower that the bees harvest the nectar from. For more information on this, check out the National Honey Board site:

Zevion (author)  Jobar0071 month ago

with both sizes are arranged to fit inside normal deep supers, the supers i have is about 8 inch deep for the quart jars, while about 10 inch for 1/2 gallon jars.

Yes honey color are depended on flowers, the more variety of flowers other than just clover will produce dark honey. The darker it is, the better it is. Often stores will not sell these because the appealing and normal so called standard is what you see on the shelves today. Usually involve addition of water and sugar to balance out color.

Many times, what a shopper sees on store shelves isn't really honey at all but a sweet liquid that used to be honey. It was most likely processed in China or routed through China for further shipment elsewhere. The Chinese, in their processing techniques, bring the honey to such a high temperature as to cause all the pollen to either cook away or lose it's effectiveness. That goes for almost all honey on the shelves in all American grocery stores. Buying honey at a farmer's market is safer than honey purchased in a big chain store. But the best way to buy honey and know that you are getting a 100% natural product is to buy it directly from the beekeeper. No, I am not a beekeeper. I just read a lot wishing to be a beekeeper. This instructable may help me get started.

Zevion (author)  Zevion1 month ago

for example with clover honey, normally it is little darker, sometimes light brown color, it all depend on flowers. In Australia, they have extensive variety of flowers that actually produce dark brown honey often are called black honey, and those are the best also very expensive.

Zevion (author)  Zevion1 month ago

also in rainforest with extensive variety of flowers produce dark brown honey. Enclosed sample of Australia and rainforest honey, for 18oz it about 70 dollars not including shipping, add on international shipping charge it can go high as 100 buck a jar.


Thanks for this. I've been thinking about keeping bees for a while now, and this really look like a simple way to do it for a novice.

Sometimes, county extension agents see up beekeeping seminars to teach those who are interested how to get set up, install the bees, what sort of pests to watch out for, beehive location, beehive construction, equipment needed, harvesting, feeding, etc. One seminar near here recently spent an entire day at an apiary with an established, knowledgeable beekeeper who showed them the ropes.

d1no1 month ago

Absolutely EXCELLENT!

About saving bees: I know where there is a hive in a tree that will be cut down soon by the highway department. Is there a way to get those bees into a new hive nearby?

bogie7129 d1no1 month ago

You might also consider contacting a pesticide company, but only to ask them if they will move the bees rather than kill them. Your county should have a county extension agent that can advise you, as well. Good luck.

Also, should have said: Google to see if you have a county beekeeping association or call your local ag center and ask for beekeepers - they will be happy to send you to those beekeepers who regularly are happy to help removing and relocating bees.

Thanks to both of you for all the info and ideas. Two years ago the highway dept. sprayed the bees, but didn't kill them all. So I think I will contact a beekeeper to save them. I don't want to waste time. Bees are precious these days!

It depends - on how much time you have before the Hwy Dept cuts the tree down. There are several "techniques" to get bees out of a tree without cutting down the tree but most takes several days to many weeks (putting up a temporary beehive mounted just outside the tree entrance and luring them into using the temp hive... takes a long time)

However, if the Dept will work with you - you could have a beekeeper who has rescued bees before work in tandem. If it were me, I would have the dept cut the tree down and possibly have it fall with the entrance side up. But more than likely the bees will be able to get out... They will swarm around angry like nobody's business... The Dept will need to leave and let the bees settle down... they will tend to come back to the broken hive. A beekeeper can either handle them and put them in a cardboard box with some holes cut out and covered with screen so the bees can breath and remain cool and then relocate them to their apiary and install them into a hive. They may use a Bee-Vac - and vacuum them into a container to remove. They can use a sawsall or maybe an electric chainsaw to cut the section out that houses the comb and remove that as well.

A more elegant method would be to isolate the hollow part of the tree, cut the top of the tree above it and leave the trunk with the hive. Then use a sawsall and cut down from the top and trim off a side to make an opening big enough to reach in and remove the comb. Bees will always be flying but if a beekeeper is properly protected they won't be too aggressive. By carefully removing the comb you will also get a big portion of bees that remain on the comb doing their work... If you get lucky and get the Queen (she may be on one of the combs you successfully remove) and place all the combs in a box and leave the top open the rest of the bees will eventually come into the box. wait until just after sundown (because foraging bees will have returned to the downed tree looking for the hive) and then close the box and relocate.

Bees can be successfully removed from structures like trees, inside walls, attics etc but each case will dictate the most effective technique.

Zevion (author)  d1no1 month ago

if you dint have experience, contact an local beekeeper, and they knows what to do. Yes, there a way.

puggirl4151 month ago

Very interesting idea and a great addition to regular beehive beekeeping. I got the gist of the idea despite the sometimes poor english usage. Maybe Zevion is not a native speaker. Why are people so mean and overly critical?

I use beeswax as an ingredient in my honey caramels. It creates a more stable caramel naturally, and is a "good for you" ingredient. Caramels with beeswax are still tender and chewy, but keep their shape because the wax re-solidifies as the caramels cool.

Zevion (author)  puggirl4151 month ago

english is my third language, so yes I'm not native to english language.

For many people, English is their first language and they still can not use it properly. Don't worry about the negative comments. You got your message across that is the goal of any language. Thanks for the article. I never would have thought of this and I'm glad you wrote it for us.

Demascus1 month ago

With honey in jars like this would it be safe to say one could heat the honey in the jar, similar to the water bath for canning, to melt the wax. I suspect it would pool to the top and leave your honey free below? Also I have heard that you can get oil of wintergreen and put a small line of it across the entrance of your hives, so that the bees have to walk thru it. this gets rid of any Bee Mites they might have without hurting the bees. Great instructable by the way Thank you.

Zevion (author)  Demascus1 month ago

Canning is not really necessary, honey are only food that last forever, they might crystalize but heating it will turn back to honey state. They found thousand year old honey in Egypt, and is still good to eat.

Be very careful about heating honey. Sometimes, you can heat it too hot and ruin it. I asked a beekeeper what the best way to return my jar of crystallized honey back to the liquid state was and he said to just put it on the dashboard of your car to warm it up just enough. Once you see it's returned to liquid form, remove it from the car and take it back inside. Mine has not re-crystallized since I did that, either.

bondogmom1 month ago

This is a really great idea!!. I'm glad you posted this. More people need to bee aware of the disaster to our food supply without Bees. I'm not sure it would work in Indiana with our extremes of weather. How would you keep the bees alive in frigid winters? The glass would conduct more cold than a wood hive, even with the wood hives the bees die.

My husband and I live in northern BC and we winter our bees inside a shed. Some people wrap the hives and winter them outside. They go into a sort of hibernation mode and they won't make honey during the winter.

Thanks. I like the shed idea, this hive would be easier to move than a wooden one. I know you have colder weather than me. My dad was a beekeeper so I know about the hibernation mode, they slow down a lot. I know they don't make honey in the winter, they Eat it. People who are starting out with bees must not remove all the honey from the hive, and remember to leave some for the bees to eat.

Zevion (author)  bondogmom1 month ago

with our help we can keep bees alive during winter time even minus 30, and usually we cover the hive with insulating material. Normally bee regulate their temperature to 96 degree, but in winter the temperature can drop to 50 dgree, and they will all basically cluster and cuddle together to keep warm during winter time.

witkowski81 month ago

I will made it in my garden

mschase2u1 month ago

Beautiful, environmentally friendly and a source of food, what more could you ask for!?! This is amazing, thank you so much for sharing! Im going to try it and post back when I do.

truckingman1 month ago
A new twist on cut comb honey... Sweet....
folalde1 month ago
This will help this means i dont have to put down the bees on the side of my house

Please, whatever you do, call a local beekeeper before you give up - They will be glad to come over and rescue and relocate bees that may have set up house near your home. Most places it is illegal to exterminate honey bees.

Zevion (author)  folalde1 month ago

usually you don't want bee to be near your house, bees can swarm into your house, most common i have seen is through double window and often get stuck between glasses.

Tenire1 month ago

Thanks for including that safety info. The more I work oilfield, the more I am reminded how much people need to be told about these things.

This instructable rocks. Thank you so much for sharing!

TieDIY1 month ago
Omg also I heard you can eat the honeycomb... Just want to check also YUMMOS!!
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