Hornets Nest Hiding Spot

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Introduction: Hornets Nest Hiding Spot

About: Half crazy, half clever....you can decide. I enjoy experimenting with new materials and new mediums whenever I can, constantly striving to be a jack of all trades.

Everyone has locked themsleves out of their house once or twice. That's why they made those plastic rocks that you can hide your keys in. Of course, now the problem is that burglers, hooligains and your meddlesome neighbor can be on the lookout for said plastic-looking rocks and have instant access through your front door.

I bring you an ultimate solution! Instead of a fake rock that sits there hoping its disguised cleverly enough, why not make something more threatening? Something unapproachable?

A hornets nest is the perfect disguise. It can sit right outside your door, perfectly hidden in plain sight and only the very brave or very foolish would dare mess with it. I personally would not approach a hornets nest, even if I suspected it was fake. That's just not a risk I'm willing to take with my life. Unlike people looking for fake rocks, even if people know to look for fake nests they could very well find themselves accidentally poking a real one!

I'll show you how to make your own nest quickly and cheaply. It'll only cost around $5 total!

Disclaimer: The downside of the nest is if anyone decides to be a good samaritan and eradicate the nest for you.

Step 1: Building the Shape

I used great stuff to build up the shape of the nest. Its a great tool to sculpt organic shapes, its really light, and easily carveable.

I built up a pile of foam into a corner of a cardboard box. This allows it to take on the shape of the corner that will fit perfectly in any house nook. I tried to shape it as best I could with layers.

Sit back, let it cure (around 18hours). Then simply tear away the cardboard box to leave you with a nest-looking wedge.

Now we need a pocket to hide your keys/treasures. I used an ordinary spoon to carve out a hole large enough to fit my spare keys. I also carved out a smaller hole on the opposite side to make it look like the nest opening.

Great! We are already halfway done!

Step 2: Getting That Authentic Look

Wasps and hornets build their nests with papery pulp, so can we!

I used some newspaper, pulped it up and made my own paper. There are lots of instructions online and throughout instructables on the best way to do this process. I choose to do it the hardest way possible as I lacked a lot of proper tools so I won't recommend my techniqueover a simple google search.

The basic process is tear up paper, put it in a blender full of water, and puree. Start with low settings on the blender first or you'll quickly smell the burning of a stressed and angry blender motor!

Pour the pulp onto a screen (I used a mesh hamper) and sponge out all the water while pressing it flat.

Let it dry a bit but not too much since we still need to shape it around our form. I used a large sheet of my handmade paper to cover the front side of it. After I had a solid foundation I tore strips of paper and layered them from the bottom up. I left the sides and the top where I'll secure it to the wall bare since it won't be seen anyway and it helped cu down on weight. Let dry about 48hours.

Step 3: Outdoor Installation!

I sprayed it down with matte clear spray paint to help protect it against the elements.

After experimenting with multiple ways to secure it to brick and cement (Including failed attempts at super glue+velcro and command strips) I found outdoor mounting tape. That stuff wourks great! Admittedly it holds 10lbs so its not really easy to get back down again but at least you'll know its secure! Hopefully you don't get locked out that often...

Slap on some mounting tape strips, remember to hide your valuables, and scope out your location. Remove the tape backing, wedge it up there, and admire the terrifying prop you added to your home decor.

Enjoy!

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    Super duper geocache idea!

    I would like to make a wind chime using about 50 old keys. The real one may or may not be in the chime.

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    Good idea. I have all kinds of wind chimes

    I'm going to modify this into a devious geocache container. Never thought about making a fake wasp/hornets nest. Very clever.

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    Geocache ! Wonderful idea !

    Hang on a minute .... what if real hornets build a nest nearby and people start reaching into it for the cache .... ?

    Live hornets will not build a nest next to another. You see fake ones for sale all over to detour they from taking up home here, or where ever you put the fake one :)

    Hi Joe, that makes sense when it comes to real nests.

    But is there any evidence to prove that a queen hornet is actually fooled by the sight of a fake nest ? What if they are only discouraged from building by the smell of a real one ? Or by the presence of other hornets ?

    Great point, I don't have any scientific proof. I'm not sure if any "real" proof is out there. I am just going by the fact that these replicas are available and sold for that purpose. I know I have one hanging on my back shed. I think it unfortunately worked, as I didn't get a return of wasps to my shed, but instead they relocated to the front of the house by the front door, ironically not far from where the one in this instructable is shown. haha.

    Well it would be at my house so I'd be on the lookout for that. This would be too evil to put somewhere I couldn't actively monitor.

    That's EXACTLY what I was thinking when I saw this tutorial!

    And you two are full of evil intentions

    I like this idea better than any other I've seen. Great job!

    Cool!

    What I thought you did gave me an idea: I've got a pretty big, old, nest outside in a box.

    I'm gonna try spray it with dullcoat, clear, and adhere it to a plastic container and hang that.

    use the fake nest to hide a camera that streams to the cloud.

    use the fake nest to hide a camera that streams to the cloud.

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    What you need is one of those Finnish made "ABO" locks with the keyhole that looks like a "D". (My spelling may be wrong.) They are used on Laundromat washers and dryers and vending machines. You can buy just the lock cylinder and have the local locksmith install them in your existing lock. They also come in padlocks. Also invest in good dead bolt locks.

    It sounds like the local "Mountie" is too politically correct to get this gang. Doug and his gang need to be set up- but good.

    Thankyou for your comment! I will investigate the keyhole with a "D". It is refreshing to know that in the world outside my world, there are people that have had experiences similar to mine and that they are willing to offer practical advice. Thankyou, again.

    If you can find them look for fox security locks they are extremely hard to beat Not sure if there still around or not but they work great.

    HandiGirl,

    Is this still an ongoing problem? I have MANY ideas on how to deal with this guy, and some of them are legal. Please tell us that rest of the story. Did the police help?

    A bullmastiff should solve the problem people see a dog that big and will think twice before entering a home the bullmastiff is a quiet very even tempered bread and training is reasonably easy they were bread to protect property by knocking people down and sitting on them till their owner came along. they are very lovable couch potatoes but are very loyal.