DIY for kids A BUG HOTEL

Creepy crawlers or friendly garden neighbours?  I am talking about bugs, wood lice, centipedes and ants. Our children love all those littlest garden creatures. So we made an insect house for our easy-to-care-for pets. Actually our kids made it on their own. This pretty awesome DIY craft was done on Easter Monday & we really enjoyed making it!

All you need to build your own BUG HOTEL

– bamboo canes (from the garden centre)
– air dry clay (we used a terracotta coloured one)
– a small wood saw (to cut the bamboo)

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That’s it! Let’s get started.

#1 Cut the bamboo to a handier size. We cut them to about 15cm long, roughly 20 pieces.
#2 Make a first layer out of the cut bamboo sticks. Then you cover them with clay. My kids covered them bit by bit.

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#3 Once all is covered,  add a second layer of bamboo sticks, again cover with clay and so on. We tried to make a hill house shape.
Use all your bamboo sticks. Be careful don’t put clay into the wholes at front and back of the bamboo. This is where your bugs will crawl in & hopefully furniture everything to their needs!

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#4 Cover the whole outline of your house/hotel with clay – leave out the wholes! These will be your bugs’ front and back porch.

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#5 As a last finishing touch my kids decided our house needs a little roof just above those ‘tiny doors’. To make it wind and weather proof. Plus two little chimneys & some moss decoration on the roof. (You do not actually need  these but my children enjoyed this last step).

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We also made another little ‘house’. We decorated a log piece with twirls of clay & hope our tiny friends like these enough to crawl along.
Originally I wanted to cut down the mossy bark & use it as decorative roofing for our bug hotel. But my tools were limited so I couldn’t cut the log. But I like this new creation to acompany the house 🙂

We enjoyed making these a lot! Even our little Aurelius wanted to help. And our dog Daisy was curious what those two-legged ones got up to now.

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I’m sure you come up with your own ideas. Have fun creating your own bug hotel!
Ours need some more drying & then they’ll find a nice spot in our garden. I think they are very decorative.
Next time we want to make a bird bath! 🙂

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