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Garden Fun: How to Make a Bug Hotel

Garden Fun: How to Make a Bug Hotel

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Create an inviting space for the garden bugs to come and live, with this fantastic tutorial from Penelope Quinn. Go on a scavenger hunt in the garden or the park to find pine cones, dry leaves, sticks and other things bugs like to hide in, then follow Penelope’s step-by-step project below to learn how to make a bug hotel that will be fully booked in no time! This activity is a great way to encourage little ones onto outdoor adventures whilst sourcing supplies, as well as a lovely way to fire up their creativity and imagination when it comes to construction.

Supplies required

You Will Need:

  • A wooden box or crate
  • A staple gun
  • Coconut liner the same size as your box (available from garden centres)
  • Natural twine
  • A few cardboard tubes and/or toilet rolls
  • Sticks, twigs, pinecones, dry leaves and flax
  • Floristry wire and wire cutters

Step 1:

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First, create a base by using the staple gun to attach the coconut liner onto the back of your box. Then take the twine and create a zigzag pattern from top to bottom. Secure with staples as you go. You want it firm, but make sure it’s not so tight that you can’t weave the sticks through.

Step 2:

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Take 15 – 20 sticks or twigs, and weave these in and out of the twine, so they feel secure. Keep going until you cover the back of the box.

Step 3:

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Now it’s time to decorate! Take a large cardboard roll, cut to size, and use twine to secure it to the twigs. You can also use staples to secure the twine.

Step 4:

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You can also use florist wire to tie on the large pine cones and other bits.

Step 5:

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Keep building! You may like to add a few more cardboard rolls and fill with flax and dry leaves, add more pine cones and other bits of wood to create ‘rooms’ and small terracotta pots. Create as many spaces as you can for the bugs to make their home!

Finished project in sheltered location

Once your bug hotel is complete, pop it outside in the garden in a sheltered spot, and remember to check back on it in a few days and weeks’ time, to see how many guests have checked in!

Finished project close-up

Looking for more kids’ craft ideas? We’ve plenty of ways you can keep the little ones busy, right here.

Lisa at Create & Craft

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