Learn how to make a bee pollinator hotel (or bee habitat) to invite bees to your garden! This project is easy to make with just a few basic supplies and tools.
Bee gardening is a great new maker trend, and today I’m joining in by making a DIY bee hotels. Some solitary bees live in holes and tube-shaped spaces, and you can give these great pollinators a place to live by creating a bee hotel!
Bee pollinator hotel supplies:
- Darice Unfinished Wood Crate (I used the medium 8″ x 8″ crate for my project.)
- Darice Wood Doll Pin Stands (You will need 6-9 pieces for each tube. I used 12 packs total.)
- Wood Blocks (Blocks need to be at least 5-6 inches long.)
- Darice Wood Glue
- Round Darice Brushes
- Darice Jute Cord
- Drill with 3/8″ Bit
Step One. Prepare Crate.
First, start off by drilling two holes a few inches apart on one end of the crate. Then thread a length of jute cord through the holes and tie them in a knot to create a cord from which to hang the finished bee habitat.
Step Two. Drill Holes in Blocks.
Next, use your drill and a 3/8″ drill bit at least 5 inches long to drill holes into the blocks. These holes need to be 3″ – 5″ deep. You can drill holes evenly spaced or more randomly as I did for a more organic look. I drilled 4-5 holes in 9 total blocks.
Step Three. Glue Doll Pin Stands Together.
In addition to the holes in the wooden blocks, I decided to create tubes using wooden doll pin stands. To create these tubes, I simply used Darice wood glue to glue the doll pin stands together into tube shapes. You can carefully dip the ends of the wooden pieces into the glue or use a small round brush to apply the glue to the ends.
Each tube shape should also be at least 3 to 5 inches long. I used 6-9 pieces for each tube to get that length. Set the tubes aside to allow the glue to dry before moving on to the next step.
Step Four. Assemble Bee Hotel.
Finally, use the wood glue to adhere all of the drilled blocks and tubes in the crate, and then once the glue has dried, you are all done!
That’s it for today! Happy Making!
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.