Make a Beehive Pendant Lamp

6 Sep

Ever since I saw this photo on Apartment Therapy, I’ve been trying to recreate it in small ways, from watching a movie outside to blurring the lines between outdoor and indoor-type spaces.  A few weeks ago I zeroed in on a more specific feature of this picture: the beehive-like pendants hanging from the tree.

I was lucky enough to stumble across a woven beehive (or skep) in an antique store for a little less than $30.  Wikipedia tells me this:

Skeps, which are baskets placed open-end-down, have been used for about 2000 years. Initially they were made from wicker plastered with mud and dung but from the Middle Ages they were made of straw. In northern and western Europe, skeps were made of coils of grass or straw. In its simplest form, there is a single entrance at the bottom of the skep. Again, there is no internal structure provided for the bees and the colony must produce its own honeycomb, which is attached to the inside of the skep.

You can buy hanging pendants from places like West Elm for $100 or more, but why do that when you can find your own basket or beehive, insert a simple hanging light bulb you can get for a few bucks at a hardware store and have your own for a third of the price (plus I think my upcycled one looks cooler anyway)?

For more projects like this one, check out the home section of the Domesticity Page.

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