How to make a bug hotel

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Making a bug hotel is a great way to bring all sorts of critters such as native bees, bugs and other interesting creatures into your yard. It’s a great project for the kids who can then watch them grow in their natural habitat.

Tools & Materials


Coconut fibre





Natural pine timber – for your box

Old rope


Sphagnum moss


tools and materials required to make a bug hotel

1. Get your box

Either find a box at home or make your own. To do this, you’ll need some timber, nails and a hammer. It’s a good idea to get mum or dad to help with this part of the project. For the bug’s safety, use natural pine timber – it’s a better option than anything that has been treated.

timber ready to build a box

2. Assemble the box

You’ll need enough timber for two sides, two ends and a back. Once you’ve got the pieces cut to size, nail them together. You’ll need to get some gloves too to protect your hands. Pre-nail the corners, then hammer them in – you’ll need a nail for each corner to secure the box. Remember, it doesn’t need to be perfect as the bugs won’t mind.

timber being made into a box

3. Fill the box

This is the fun part. Start filling the box with as many natural goodies as you can find. See how much you can squeeze in! A good tip is to put longer pieces of bark at the back. Add in twigs, leaves, coconut fibre and even some small rocks.

sticks and twigs to go inside a bug hotel

4. Wrap it up

Using string or twine, wrap this around your box. Do a few rounds – enough to hold everything in place. Then tie the string tightly so the goodies in your hotel, don’t fall out.

twine being wrapped around bug hotel to keep sticks and twigs inside

5. Find a top spot

Find a nice shady spot in the garden for your ‘bug hotel’. Keep an eye out because you’re sure to have guests in no time!

twine being wrapped around bug hotel to keep sticks and twigs inside


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