How to Make a Beehive in Minecraft

In Short
  • For the beehive crafting recipe, you need 6 wooden planks of any type, 3 honeycombs, and a crafting table.
  • To make a beehive in Minecraft, place the honeycomb in the middle row and wooden planks in the remaining six slots.
  • You can use a beehive to store and transport bees, as well as harvest honeycomb and honey from them.

Do you enjoy building with copper blocks? Then, you’ll be very happy to hear that Minecraft 1.21 is adding several new variants from this block family. However, one thing that remains unchanged is the ability to wax copper blocks using honeycomb, which will freeze their oxidation stage. And what do you need to get honeycomb? Well, bees of course! So, in this guide, we’ll be teaching you how to make a beehive, so you can multiply bees and get as much honeycomb as possible in Minecraft.

Items You Need to Make a Beehive

The beehive crafting recipe is a relatively simple one. To make one of these blocks, you’ll need the following resources:

  • 6 Wooden Planks (any)
  • 3 Honeycomb
  • Crafting Table

Wooden planks are the result of the most basic crafting recipe that involves breaking down logs. For the beehive recipe, you can use any plank variant and even combine them together, similar to the chest crafting recipe. As for the honeycomb, it’s an item you can obtain by using shears on a full bee nest or beehive.

You can also have a dispenser do the same thing, so you can get honeycomb automatically with a bee farm in Minecraft. And finally, the crafting table is a utility block that allows you to use a 3 x 3 crafting grid instead of the 2 x 2 grid in your inventory.

How to Craft a Beehive in Minecraft

Once you collect the required resources, check out the step-by-step guide below to make a beehive in Minecraft.

  • First, place the crafting table in your world.
  • Right-click the block or use the secondary action button to open its UI.
  • Start the recipe by filling the top row and the bottom row with three planks.
Random wooden planks filling the top and bottom rows of the crafting table's grid
  • Finally, place three pieces of honeycomb in the middle row, filling it completely.
  • As you do that, you will see a beehive appear in the result slot on the right. You can now move it to your inventory.
Crafting recipe for the beehive in Minecraft

You may also use a crafter in Minecraft 1.21 to automate the process of making a beehive, but you’ll need to power it with a levee, button, or any other redstone power source.

You won’t find the beehive block anywhere in the world, so crafting it is your only option. However, make sure that when the bees claim it as their home, you will need a Minecraft enchantment called silk touch on a tool to break and move it safely.

How Beehive Works in Minecraft

Now, let’s see what the beehive does, shall we? As you might expect, it’s like a bee nest but craftable. A maximum of three bees can live and make honey inside it. Whenever a bee exits the beehive, it’ll increase the honey level in that beehive.

When the honey level reaches five, which you can easily monitor through the targeted block section of the F3 debug screen, the front texture of the beehive will change, indicating that the honey is dripping.

Beehive full of honey and a happy bee flying next to it in Minecraft

When you see that, it means the honey or honeycomb is ready to be harvested. To get honey, right-click the beehive or use the secondary action button with an empty bottle. It will instantly turn into a honey bottle.

To obtain honeycomb, you’ll need to right-click the beehive with shear and three honeycomb items will get spat out in a random direction. Though, don’t forget to have a campfire underneath the beehive so the bees don’t get angry at you.

Player using shears on a beehive to collect honeycomb

If you’d just like to move the bees from one location to the other, beehive will help you with that too. Not only does it allow three bees to live inside it, but it can also store them. So, if you use a tool with silk touch to break the beehive, all bees will stay inside it. This allows you to transport bees more easily than other Minecraft mobs.

So, that’s pretty much it. If you reached the end of this guide, congrats! You now know how to make a beehive and how it works in Minecraft. This is a great block that not only lets you play around with bees easily but is also a rather neat building block. You may use it as a floor or ceiling block, as well as a decorative crate. But anyway, now that you know more about the beehive, go ahead and make it right away!

How do I get bees into my beehive?

If there are more than three bees and only one bee nest, bees will gladly enter the beehive to work in it. So, you first need to breed the bees using flowers. If they still don’t want to enter your beehive, try removing all the nearby flowers in the world so they don’t pathfind toward them. Finally, wait for the nighttime, as bees should definitely look for a home then.

Do bees stay in a beehive?

When you break the beehive that contains bees with silk touch, the bees will stay in there and will only be released when you place the beehive in the world.

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