Any recommendations for repurposing these old bee hives?

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Do you have any creative recommendations for what to repurpose these honey/bee hives into? Other than shelves, or a jewelry rack of some sort. I was curious what you all thought.
q any recommendations for repurposing these old bee hives
q any recommendations for repurposing these old bee hives
q any recommendations for repurposing these old bee hives
q any recommendations for repurposing these old bee hives
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  • Vrohde Vrohde on Jan 24, 2018
    They would make great window boxes. Put either artificial flowers or real ones

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 25, 2018
    I agree, they would make great window boxes. They are already durable in all weather.

  • Caroline O'Hare Caroline O'Hare on Jan 25, 2018
    The boxes could have succulents - real or fake and make nice table centrpieces. Or put small gravel in and some big church candles for table decorations. They are a beautiful set of hives.

  • Jen R Jen R on Jan 25, 2018
    Those are gorgeous - what a great find! I could see using for shelves. Depending on the size joining them together, adding a glass top and some legs for a unique table or creating two tables. Are they too deep to turn into a serving tray?

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    • Keri Tagliarini Griffin Keri Tagliarini Griffin on Jan 25, 2018
      They are about 4 inches deep. I love both ideas! The plexi and the serving tray. thank you!

  • Laura Paine Laura Paine on Jan 25, 2018
    Get some bees

  • Roger Roger on Jan 25, 2018
    First, clean them up real good. Sand them with 80 or 100 grit sandpaper. Spray one or two coats of a sealer then paint them the color of your choice. Use for any kind of storage. Good luck.

    • Beth Beth on Jan 28, 2018
      PLEASE DONT PAINT THEM! They are beautiful just as they are. You will ruin them forever if you paint them

  • Susan K Mullins Susan K Mullins on Jan 25, 2018
    Use them as raised vegetable beds or flower beds. Stand the tops on the back of the boxes and let them serve as ivy runners . If you want to use them inside, you can hinge the tops to the boxes and make side tables. Another idea, put legs on the bottom and make a small coffee table. Have fun!

  • Cindy Ptak Cindy Ptak on Jan 25, 2018
    Might make a cool spice rack.

  • Patty Anderson Patty Anderson on Jan 25, 2018
    Oh! If you like to party, you could make an awesome center piece for your table by attaching multi-colored fairy lights along the inside walls, and putting a chunk of dry ice in the middle (In a pan that fits, so that it won't hurt the wood, dunno if it would, but still....) and allow the smoky "vapors" to wafe out of the slotted top, with the fairy lights adding a colorful back ground. You could place theme things on either side to add to the party decor.....

  • Keri Tagliarini Griffin Keri Tagliarini Griffin on Jan 25, 2018
    thank you everyone!! These are great ideas!!!

  • Tom wagner Tom wagner on Jan 25, 2018
    sell them to another beekeeper.


  • Cin8865402 Cin8865402 on Jan 25, 2018
    hold small spice jars above the stove, put hinges on side, use top & add a latch, screw on the wall next to the bed in a small bedroom, dresser top organizers-pain a faded number on each and distress for chic design

  • 19698379 19698379 on Jan 25, 2018
    Since they are bee hives, how about gifting them to a beekeeper?

  • Joanie Joanie on Jan 26, 2018
    I can see them being used as a fruit cellar......potatoes in one and onions in the other.....good ventilation, face out of light and stack on your laundry floor or in your garage or shed, any cool area. NO LIGHT and they must get air. Screw a few holes in and around for extra air ways. They have wire vents on top......where there is a will, there is a way. Good Luck!!

  • Tom wagner Tom wagner on Jan 27, 2018
    actually after looking at the box's closely and seeing the screen with wires I would tend to think they were for the collection of pollen...bees crawl through the wire grid and in the process the little baskets of pollen attached to their hind legs fall off into the box as they are too big to pass through the wire grid while attached to the bee. A few other pieces of equipment are probably missing to make this whole system work......but a beekeeper could easily figure this out.

    • Susie Susie on Jan 01, 2020

      It's a topfeeder sugar waters I'd placed in Wells wire is to keep bees from drowning

  • Ghostsnspooks Ghostsnspooks on Jan 27, 2018
    You can make soap in them.

  • Jjsunflower😎 Jjsunflower😎 on Jan 27, 2018
    Honey is wonderful for our body. Call and give them to bee keepers 🐝🐝🐝 😎 also plant flowers😎

  • Dave Dave on Jan 27, 2018
    Could make some really cool lamps, mounted from celling. Always recycle

  • Elmarie Ackermann Elmarie Ackermann on Jan 28, 2018
    The grid is there to prevent the queenbee from entering the super thats on top of the breeding hive so she cannot enter there to lay eggs. The worker bees fit through the grid. If she lays eggs in the super you will kill the larve if you harvest and extract honey.

  • M.o32228727 M.o32228727 on Jan 29, 2018
    That is actually a feeder box for bees. It is set on top of the brood box under the top in the winter months. The grids float on top of the food so the bees don't drown. Donate it to a local small beekeeper. Bee supplies can be expensive. The bees and their keepers need all the help they can get.

    • Susie Susie on Jan 01, 2020

      Correct these are topfeeders. You put sugar water I. Them to supplement bees when there is a dearth on

  • Keri Tagliarini Griffin Keri Tagliarini Griffin on Feb 24, 2018
    appatently bee keepers are not too in need as one sold these to a second hand shop where I found them. Perhaps a needy bee keeper can venture out and look in second hand shops like I have, if they are in such demand. I understand things are expensive, this is why I DIY and shop thrift and second hand. This is my find and I will repurpose as i desire. Thank you all for the ideas! If the beekeepers need things so desperately, they should venture out like we do.

  • Sandra Robinson Sandra Robinson on Nov 25, 2019

    I got some old beehives that a neighbor put out. They had been in his garage for decades and we’re not in the best of shape. I was afraid to donate to a bee keeper because I don’t know their history. I have been using them in various crafts.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 07, 2021

    Mount them on garden wall or fence and add Attractive bottles or may be plants!