With humans taking up a lot of the space bugs used to have to set up a home, people are beginning to make garden habitats for them instead.
While it’s good for bugs, it’s great for the yard, too. If you’re hospitable to bees and beneficial insects, they’ll repay you by pollinating your plants and leaving you with a lovely garden.
Not to mention, bug hotels make an eye-catching decoration you can hang from a tree or fence.
Cut the timber
Mark and cut a 2400 x 115 x 18mm length of meranti timber into six equal pieces. Using a mitresaw, cut the ends of the timber pieces at 60°, making sure they measure 250mm from end to end.
Make the corners
Position two of the timber pieces on end on a piece of 7mm plywood to form a corner, and mark the outline in pencil.
Mark six corners on the ply. Cut out the corners using a jigsaw.
TIP Place timber 18mm-side down.
Assemble the frame
Join the mitred ends of meranti to form a hexagonal frame.
Position the ply corners inside the frame.
Secure the frame joints using exterior PVA adhesive and clamp the frame until the adhesive dries.