How to make a bug hotel for your garden

Bugs and creepy crawlies are vital for soil health and sustainability. Why not comfort your garden critters with this homemade luxury accommodation? As the winter months draw in, insects and bugs, which are vital to the health of our gardens and countryside, need safe spaces to hibernate and lay eggs. Our DIY ‘Bug Hotel’ is the perfect way to provide this important winter protection. It is also a fantastic activity to get children involved and help keep them entertained during the school holidays, especially as during the colder months it can be hard to find reasons to go and play outside. It is also an opportunity to teach them about habitats and life cycles –  just make sure that they stay safe around the tools.

How to make a bug hotel from Liz Earle Wellbeing 1

How to make a bug hotel

You will need:

  • Wooden plank
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Batten
  • Saw
  • Collection of natural debris (such as twigs, leaves and moss)

Create a simple box by sawing four equal-sized lengths of the plank and arrange into a box shape. Saw the batten into four pieces that match the width of the wooden plank and place into the corners of the box. Drill the screws into the battens to keep it all together.

Next, drill different sized holes into the front of the batons for the bugs to rest in. Fill the box with old leaves, pine branches, bark, twigs and moss. If you like you can add the roof shape using two further pieces of wooden plank and an extra piece of batten.

 

Wellbeing Wisdom

  • Insects – vital to the health of our gardens – need safe spaces to hibernate and lay eggs in winter and the ‘Bug Hotel’ is the perfect way to provide this important protection
  • If you don’t want to make your own box, an old wine box or small wooden crate would work just as well