Gingerbread Bee House

Gingerbread Bee House

Gingerbread Bee House

Last winter I was working with Kate at the Bellevue Botanical Garden and she told me that she was making a gingerbread bee hotel for their Garden D’Lights event. I thought it was a wonderful idea and this year we made our own Crown Bees gingerbread bee house.

We wanted to recreate our Chalet Bee House, it’s a classic shape that is easy to build. Dave Hunter, owner and founder of Crown Bees, has a degree in civil engineering and was eager to design our gingerbread bee hotel.

I had a hard time finding a gingerbread house kit that wasn’t preassembled. I thought that graham crackers would be a good gingerbread substitute, but be careful because the crackers can break apart pretty easily.

We used royal icing for the glue and Priouline cookies for the pillars and for the nesting tubes.

We also used Crispy Coconut Rolls (found at Costco) and candy ropes for nesting holes. We learned that stacking the nesting holes inside the bee house didn’t work with the first time. The stacked dessert tubes pressed outward and made the house fall apart.

So we rebuilt and added pillars inside the walls as well. Dave kept making me laugh because he would chew the ends off of building materials to make them fit. We were working as quickly as we could to finish the bee house so we could get back to answering the phones.

To keep the house from falling apart after the rebuild, we used our green rubber bands to hold the cookie nesting holes together. Our candy cocoons are made of jelly beans and we put them into our CocoonGuard bag.

The messiest part was when we put decorations on the top of the house. The candies kept rolling off the roof and our shop dogs came in to help clean up. No chocolate was fed to the dogs during the making of this bee house.

I hope you have fun making your own gingerbread bee hotel! Share your fun candy bee ideas with us!