Here is everything you'll need for this project. As I said in the intro, you can make so many swaps for this project so don't feel you can't do it if you don't have a bird house lying around! This bird house I've had for a couple of years. I used to use it as a reward "fairy house" for my daughter. We don't use it anymore so I took a side off it to make the frame for the bug hotel. You could use any number of things instead, such as an empty ice cream tub, unused (or lid-less) Tupperware container, etc. As well as your frame, you'll need contents. All things natural (and free for the most part!). Small lengths of bamboo cane, twigs of all shapes and sizes, stones, corrugated cardboard, empty toilet roll tubes filled with hay/straw....whatever you fancy really. Think nooks and crannies. Bugs need to hide. Dried leaves would work well, shredded paper. Be imaginative:-)
DIY Bug Hotel
We all know nature needs a little help these days. This is a great, attractive looking way to help insects in your garden. It's a great project for children too! There are so many different ways you can choose to do this project it really isn't off limits to anyone. My projects at the moment are very much using what I have due to the restrictions on going out to get new things etc. Have a look around your house and I can almost guarantee you'll find something suitable for this one.
The rest is just filling it up really. You can choose to have sections like I have or just have the frame as it is and put different things in as you go along. This section is bamboo cane and then straw filled toilet roll tubes, and some extra straw to fill up the gap.
For my next section I chose to just use twigs. The skinnier the better, with some slightly chunkier ones mixed in. Just snap them to suit the size of whatever frame you're using.
My final section contains layers of corrugated cardboard and some stones and thicker twigs on the top. As I've said, you can make changes to this. It's totally up to you how to design it. If you're worried that things might fall out due to wind etc, you could glue or tack some mesh over the front (a mesh bag that satsumas and similar come in would work). I didn't need to do it with mine because everything is packed in tightly and there is a lid (see final pic), but again I'm trying to make this as accessible as possible for everyone using what you already have to hand.
There you have it! Finished! A pretty, simple bug hotel to hopefully provide lots of insects with a home :-)