To celebrate the warm springtime weather we’ve been having… I had a go at making some new bee houses.
These little hole-filled boxes provide safe sites for lots of insects, especially solitary bee species, who love to lay their eggs in the pre-drilled tunnels.
Using some spare wood, I drilled holes using a 7mm drill bit to about 6 cm in depth. I fixed a small bracket to the back, so that they could be securely hung outside.
In order that they looked extra smart, I painted the sides and a border in Farrow & Ball’s Pigeon. I took care not to get paint anywhere near the holes, as although this paint is very low in fumes and nasty bits, I didn’t want to take any chances.
As soon as I start to see little leafy/muddy stoppers in the end of the holes, I’ll know that the bees have started laying their eggs.
If you want to know more about these bees and their habits, have a read here…
I posted this DIY way back in 2012, but in the meantime, I made one for last year’s Mother’s Day (to give to my Mum) and it went down a treat.
If you fancy making something unique and creative for your gift… here is the how-to…
Take initial measurements and cut some plywood and beading/edging to the correct size that you would like. I wanted my finished board to end up at about 2 foot by 14 inches.
Paint both sides with 2 coats of a suitable primer/undercoat – I used normal white matt emulsion as it gives a nice even finish. Leave any bits that are to be glued, unpainted.
Once dry, paint the back of the plywood and the edging strips with a suitably stunning colour. I chose Blackened, No.2011 by Farrow and Ball. Paint the face of the blackboard (the other side of the plywood) with blackboard paint. Most places like Homebase and B&Q sell it. Again, I needed 2 coats of both paints.
Once dry, glue it all together and fasten it to the wall, either with a lovely bit of rope (in which case, you may need to drill two holes at the top) or screw it into the wall in the four corners. I chose this way as I didn’t want it to wobble as I wrote.
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The Finca’s sitting room has been transformed – hurray!
However, it took us a long while to choose which exact hue of grey would bring out the exposed brickwork, give some depth while still keeping the room nice and bright.
A big wish list…
There were lots of Farrow and Ball’s beautiful neutrals that made the shortlist, but in the end there was a clear winner.
No. 228 Cornforth White
After two coats the walls looked incredible. When the sun is shining, the colour takes on a real grey, pebble tone. However, late in the afternoon, or when overcast there is almost a slight pinky-purple tinge.
I saw this idea on the brilliant Simon Lycett’s Twitter feed (@SimonLycett)…
…and was desperate to make some of my own.
Using florist’s tape or even skinny Sellotape, I attached sprigs of Rosemary all the way around a large, church candle. I kept the tops of the sprigs a little way from the top so as to avoid a fire hazard!
Once all of the sprigs were secure, I cut their stems to an even length to match the base of the candle, before finishing off the design with a smart ribbon.
I think a whole row of these down the centre of a dinner table would look so rustically beautiful…