How to make an insect hotel – video

It’s the perfect time of year to get creative in your garden. We’ve made this short video showing step by step how to make an insect hotel.

 

 

We used a shadow box to make ours, which you can get is all shapes and sizes. These are great because they are partitioned into sections so you can use a variety of materials to attract a variety of insects. And as they say, variety is the spice of life.

If you can’t get hold of a shadow box, another great idea is to cut a large plastic bottle in half width-ways and stuff it full with a mix of natural materials from twigs and leaves, to straw and stones. You could even use an empty plant pot. Basically, anything in which you can stuff to create lots of cracks and crevices is perfect!

Gardens have potentially thousands of insects, all looking for somewhere to snuggle down and lay their eggs or hibernate through the cold weather.

In our insect hotel we used:

  • bamboo
  • twigs
  • leaves
  • dried flowers
  • cotton wool
  • stones, paper
  • straw
  • bark

These are all materials that are found naturally in the insect’s habitat and things you could forage for yourself in the garden, or around the house. If you can’t find bamboo, rolling leaves or paper into tubes will also work.

Have you made an insect hotel? Send us a picture!