Invite creepy-crawlies in with this wooden honeycomb design
You will need:
seven wooden hexagon boxes, £2.59 each, eBay
Gorilla Glue, £9.50 per 250ml
clamps, £5.24 for three, B&Q
Ronseal Garden Paint in Sundial, £3.97 per 250ml, B&Q
Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch paint in black, £2.10 per 20ml, B&Q
various fillings – such as wool, straw, twigs, bamboo canes and bark
1 Begin by laying the seven wooden boxes out in a honeycomb shape – one in the centre, and the other six around it. Pick up one of the boxes and wipe one side of it with a damp cloth, then apply a thin layer of Gorilla Glue using a wooden spatula. Wipe the adjacent side of the box next to it with the cloth, then press the two together, using a clamp to hold them tightly. Once dry, repeat to add the rest of the boxes, leaving to dry in between each.
2 Once the boxes are securely held together, lightly sand them to remove any glue fallout. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove dust, then paint all over with two coats of yellow exterior paint. Once dry, use a thin brush to paint the gutter between each of the boxes black.
3 Once the paint is completely dry, gather together your filling materials. It’s good to have a variety of different textures for the insects to nest in – we’ve used a mixture of things we found around the house (such as wool and shredded paper) and garden (twigs, leaves, bamboo and bark). Stuff them into each compartment until they are tightly nestled, and won’t fall out when the bug hotel is stood upright.
Feature and styling: Sophie Holt
Photography: Lizzie Orme