How to Make a Simple Bee Water Station for Your Garden

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30 Minutes

Support the bees in your garden while adding a pop of colour, with our DIY bee water station.

All living things need water, and bees are no exception. As well as drinking it themselves, bees also gather water to take back to their hives and nests. Here, the bees use water to dilute honey, regulate humidity, feed larvae and cool the hive. And just as they communicate about the best places to gather nectar and pollen, returning bees also tell the others where to find water.

I know that not everyone is comfortable around bees and other flying insects. You may even feel reluctant to provide a bee water station in your garden. If you do, consider this. Bees are vitally important for the pollination of plants – it’s why plants produce nectar in the first place, to entice pollinators. Providing a safe, regular source of water for the bees in your garden in an area that suits both you and them should actually help prevent them from trying to gather it from other places, such as the kids paddling pool.

All you need to make a simple water station in your garden for bees and other insects is a shallow container and some stones, marbles or twigs for them to land on.

What we used to make our DIY bee water station

• Terracotta Pot and Saucer

• Glass Marbles

• Bostik Power Repair Glue

• Non-Toxic Spray Paint

If you plan to paint your pot and saucer, it is easiest to do so before they are stuck together. We sprayed ours a gorgeous blue to help it stand out to our bees. Before leaving them to dry overnight.

We have kids and pets running around our garden, so anything we put in it needs to be well made. The power repair glue has the strength to hold the two parts of our bee waterer together whatever gets thrown at it. (Which in our case is likely to be a football!).

And here is our completed bee water station. We love its cheerful pop of colour in our Lavender bed and hope that the bees love it too.

For more wildlife friendly garden crafts check out our Wildflower Seed Bombs and Cute Window Bird Feeder.

Resources for this project:

Bostik Power Repair Glue
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Have a question about this project?

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  • Jana
    on Jul 26, 2019

    Are the marbles essential to the waterer?

    • Melinda
      on Aug 6, 2019

      If you don't have marbles couldn't you use small pebbles or pea gravel instead?

  • Barb
    on Jul 26, 2019

    The color you chose really pops, but is it significant in attracting the insects?

  • Jeanine L Wilson
    on Jul 26, 2019

    My question would be regarding the standing water, here in CA they have been going to houses and dumping any standing water to eradicate mosquito larvae, how do you combat that?

    • Susan
      16 minutes ago

      You probably don't need to worry about adding any "repellents/etc" to the water. If you are talking about a small saucer (not a bird bath/fountain), you most likely will need to refill quite often, just from evaporation/heat. During the summer heat here (PA) mine needs filled daily. The whole idea (I believe) is a small, shallow area for insects to drink, not a wading pool. Keep it simple, no need to add anything even if it's deemed "safe". Worse case scenario, dump it at dusk and refill in AM.

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