10 DIY Beehive Plans to Inspire You to Become a Beekeeper

Posted by Christy Caplan
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Some of our fave homesteading articles are easy-to-follow plans and DIY projects for readers! Are you interested in beekeeping? We've compiled a list of ten Hexagonal Beehive Plans here for readers.

So why do bees build comb in that particular shape?

According to Instructables.com, bees build a six-sided figure and there is something special about a six-sided shape. A honeycomb built from spheres would have little gaps that would need extra wax for patching. Pentagons, octagons also produce gaps.

"It is a mathematical truth," says some Maths Dude named Lightman, "that there are only three geometrical figures with equal sides that can fit together on a flat surface without leaving gaps: equilateral triangles, squares and hexagons."

The more compact your structure, the less wax you need to construct the honeycomb. "Wax is expensive." A bee has to consume about eight ounces of honey to produce a single ounce of wax. The hexagonal honeycomb is absolutely perfect in economizing labor and wax.

1. Warré (pronounced war-ray) Beekeeping

These hives are supported on gantries at heights above ground, and more typical of the heights of feral colonies in trees. This plan is from Warre Beekeeping.

Hexagon Beehive
Photo: Warre Beehive

2. Barcelona Warre Beehive

The hive is a vertical top bar style beehive and follows a tradition of natural beekeeping methods. The plans are from Projects FabLabs. 

Barcelona Beehive
Photo: Barcelona Warre Beehive

3. The Wooden Skid Hive

This frame is made up of 10 frame wooden hive parts. The plans are from BetterBee.com. 

10 Frame Wooden Hive Parts
Photo: Wooden Beehive

4. The DIY Warre Hive

A Warre hive is a vertical or supered top bar hive that is simple to build and easy to use. Plans are from Bee Space. 

The DIY Warre Hive
Photo: DIY Warre Beehive

5. The Warre Hives

This is a great site filled with 18 different hive plans. They are all based on the original Warre hive. The plans are saved as a PDF here. 

18 Warre Bee Hive
Photo: 18 Warre Hives

6. 10-Frame Langstroth Beehive

Barry Birkey has provided these plans of a 10-frame Langstroth beehive. You can find them at Bee Source. 

10-Frame Langstroth Beehive
Photo: 10-Frame Langstroth Beehive

7. Kenya Top Bar Hive

So if you want to build instead of buy then this is a great site for you to browse through. Plans can be found at GaryBees.com. 

Kenya Hive
Photo: Kenya Top Bar Hive

8. Beehive Construction

You can click on each section of the hive! Check out this plan.

Beehive Construction
Photo: Beehive Construction

9. Easy DIY Beehive

Mother Earth News helps out beekeepers with this construction diagram.

Build Your Own Beehive
Photo: Easy DIY Beehive

10. Beehive made from tires 

Instructables has a wonderful DIY project for beekeepers who want to be creative. This is a truly unique beehive. If you are looking for a hive that will allow you to up-cycle then this is it.

Tire Beehives
Photo: DIY Tire Beehives

Beekeeping 101 is complex! If you research the history of beekeeping you'll see that hive boxes are mainly hexagonal hives. There are many styles and shapes you'll find online, but there is a reason honey production is made in this specific shape by honeybees.

We focused on the Warre style for many of these ten hive plans. These pollinators need help from beekeepers, so if you're considering this as a hobby you should consider the ten hive designs we've included here.

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