Magic Make: Bug Hotel

Fancy Bee Hotel

Luxury Bee Hotel!

Butterfly Belle looks after the bugs and butterflies in your garden. It’s a very busy job and she wondered whether you’d like to help her?

Some bugs need safe places to shelter in over winter. Bugs like solitary bees that live alone and not in hives or honeycombs buzz around the garden looking for holes or tunnels where they can make a home. Little ladybirds do, too!

You can help them by making a Bug Hotel. Your guests will stay for months and help make your garden a more beautiful place! Here’s how to do it…

Butterfly Belle's Bug Hotel

Butterfly Belle’s Bug Hotel

Make a Bug Hotel

You need:

Lots of hollow bamboo sticks with different-sized holes
Saw or jigsaw (for a grown-up)
A sturdy plastic flower pot or a small wooden box (ideally 15 to 20cm deep)

  • Ask your grown-up helper to saw your bamboo sticks so that they’re the same height as your pot. Try to use sticks that are hollow all the way down if you can.
  • Now it’s time to start putting your rooms together – stand up your pot and pop the bamboo sticks inside. Keep putting them in the pot until they start to stand upright.
  • Ask your grown-up helper to help you slot the last few sticks in to make sure they’re all squeezed tightly together and won’t fall out.
  • Now you need to find the perfect spot in your garden for your bug hotel. Solitary bees like to get warm, so find a sunny fence or wall and put your bug hotel at least a metre off the floor.
  • We put ours between two tree branches below a canopy of leaves – this is great, as it will stop the rain from soaking your little guests!
  • Once your bug hotel is in place, keep checking to see if any of Butterfly Belle‘s bug friends have moved in!

We hope you find the perfect spot for your Bug Hotel! If you make one, we’d love to see your pictures – especially if you spot any lovely bugs, too!

Email them to us and we’ll put them here! Love and magic dust from the Magic Belles in Bellevue xxx

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