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How to make a bug box

You will need

  • Untreated timber
  • Hollow canes such as bamboo
  • Pieces of branch or other wood
  • Wood saw
  • 2.5cm nails and hammer
  • Drill and wood drill bit
  • Screwdriver and self-tapping screw
Do it: all year round
Takes just: 2 hours


Make a bug box for insects and give nature a helping hand within your garden. Using easy-to-find scraps of timber, old bamboo canes and old branches, it will cost you very little and provide the perfect habitat for beneficial insects such as spiders, ladybirds, lacewings and bees.

How to do it

Nailing pieces of wood together


Make a simple box using scraps of untreated timber approximately 2cm thick. You will need four pieces of wood of equal length for the sides and one square piece for the back. Nail them together, leaving the front end open.

Sawing a bamboo cane


Cut hollow canes such as bamboo into short lengths to fit in your bug box. You could also drill holes in pieces of wood or branch, making your holes different sizes to suit different insects.

Placing canes in the box


Fit the canes and wood into your box. Insects aren't fussy so you can make your box as rough and ready as you like.

Attaching bug box to a fence


Drill a hole into the back of your box and fix it on to a fence or arch using the self-tapping screw.

Adam's tip

Place the bug box in a sheltered spot in your garden, but don't hide it too well or the insects won't find it.

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angelstar958 24/11/2011 at 15:27

Thank you for all the bug box info and bee hotel I have been looking for projects like this

janetgould54 24/11/2011 at 15:28

i have been every were to find projects for my grand children, and here you are. fantastic. thank you.

Salaverry 24/11/2011 at 15:28

Will definitely be making a few of these!

christinaflynn 24/11/2011 at 15:30

iv had a allotment for 3 years now put a pond on it to bring in the wild life . grow every thing from flowers to fruit and veg .T he sun flowers have been out standing this year which will help to feed the birds threw the winter and last year saw lady bird larver for the first time i was so excited and this year can,t beleave how many lady birds there are . and now can,t wate for my husband to make the bug box

Jean Webster 26/04/2012 at 18:18


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