Make Your Own
Fun & Pollinator-Friendly
Click below to see a list of supplies you'll need and steps to take to make your own:
Collect your supplies (supplies listed below). And decide on a paint color or stickers to use to decorate your bee house.
If you haven't used the contents of your 14oz tin can, remove the label and empty it and wash the insides of the can and let it dry. Using a can opener, remove the bottom of the can so that both sides of the can are open.
Using your bamboo dowels, begin stacking them into the can until they fill up the entire center of the can. You want them as tightly packed as possible to prevent them from shifting.
To finish your bee hotel, use a two foot piece of a twine to thread it through the top of your bee hotel and create a loop with a tie at the top. Now you can hang your bee hotel off a tree branch or off a hook. Eventually, you will see some interest from solitary bees. You will know that bees have made a nest in your bee hotel when you see a layer of mud covering the bamboo openings. They will reemerge when the season begins.
- 14 oz food tin can
- 20-30 5'" long, 1/4" opening hollow bamboo dowels
- paint, stickers to decorate
- can opener
- 2' of twine