How to a make a bee hotel

Bee populations are struggling, but a simple bee hotel can provide a refuge for these beneficial insects, improve your neighbourhood’s biodiversity, and help pollinate plants and trees. 

This kind of hotel will appeal to a number of different bees and is a fun activity to get people involved at a local park, allotment or community garden. It's best done between September - February. 

You will need

  • Several pieces of bamboo or some recycled cardboard tubes
  • A few large recycled plastic bottles
  • Twine or brown parcel tape, scissors, secateurs or small hacksaw
  • A group of volunteers
  • Somewhere to make your bee hotels - if it's dry make them near where you want them set up
  • Somewhere green to set up your bee hotel


Get equipped

Assemble your tools and volunteers.

Cut the plastic bottle

Using the scissors, cut the bottle just below the neck.

Cut your recycled cardboard or bamboo

Cut your bamboo or cardboard to roughly the length of the remaining bottle.

Fill the plastic bottle

Fill the bottle with the bamboo or cardboard until it is tightly packed enough to stay in the bottle.

Bind your bee hotel

Use twine or brown tape to bind them together if they’re a bit loose.

Find a good spot

Find somewhere green, sunny and sheltered — as bees love the sun — and position the hotel just off the ground so it doesn’t end up in the shade too early. If you want it higher than a couple of feet, run some twine through the bottle first and tie either end and it should hook over a fence or gate post.

Improve the design

If you’ve got someone with real DIY skills then you could make a more elaborate and sturdier version by making a box to put the bamboo in instead of the plastic bottle.

Want to attact more bees?

Why not plant flowers in your street or seed a wildflower meadow.