I saw this beehive pinata project in Country Living Magazine's Idea Notebook, in the June 2011 issue, and fell in love with it.
I was at one time a professional beekeeper, so I have a softspot for anything with bees. Now, this beehive project is not much like a honey bee hive - it's more kin to a white-faced (or..uh...butt) hornet nest. As a beekeeper, we removed many of these nests and collected the bees for anti-venom use. And the bees are more like bumble bees, who have another type of nest. But this is still the sweetest thing I've seen in awhile.
My Mom's birthday was coming up, so I decided to make this for her. The directions are super simple to follow, and the materials are easy to find. It does take a few days to complete, because of the drying time, but I found it to "bee" well worth it! Knowing my Mom, I left the top open so that we didn't have to break it. Sure enough, the first thing she said after "Oh, I love it!" was "We're not breaking it!". I think I might make a few more of the bees to put in my kitchen window :)