HOW TO BUILD A DIY MASON BEE HOUSE
This fun project is perfect for kids to enjoy. Whether they are 3 or 13, it is a quick and easy project that helps them learn more about the wonderful world of bees.
This DIY bee hotel project will have mason bees moving in in no time at all. In Europe, mason bees are becoming rarer by the year, so giving them somewhere to lay their eggs can help increase the population.
All you need are some cardboard toilet roll tubes, some scrap paper, a pencil, some PVA glue, and somewhere to put your home-made bee hotel so that it stays nice and dry.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED FOR YOUR BEE HOUSE
HOW TO BUILD A DIY MASON BEE HOTEL
Building a mason bee hotel is super easy! No sharp tools are needed. But make sure you use non-toxic glue (it’s better for the bees.) It will take about 1 – 2 hours to complete this project.
- Take your scrap paper and roll it around your pencil. Add some glue to the edge of the paper to stick it shut. You might need to hold it for 30 seconds before it stays closed in a tube shape.
- Repeat the process until you have made around 100 tubes. The more tubes you make, the better.
- Take your toilet roll tubes and make them into a pyramid shape (or a shape that fits into a plant pot.)
- Start to put your paper tubes you made inside the toilet roll tubes until you can’t fit anymore inside them.
- Put the tubes inside a large plant pot and fill any large holes between the toilet roll tubes with dry leaves.
- Take the bee hotel out into the garden and rest the plant pot on its side somewhere nice and dry.
When mason bees move in, they will plug the ends of the paper tubes with mud. Each tube will be home to a baby mason bee. To help bees even more, why not plant up a bee garden to help feed them all year round!