With colder weather on its way, you can help the wildlife in your garden to survive chilly temperatures by making a bug hotel for them.
The little nooks are ideal for bugs to live in all year round but they’re especially handy for the winter months when many insects hibernate.
Groups of ladybirds often snuggle up together under bark tree bark to survive. Solitary bees love hollow stems as this allows them to seal themselves in and stay cosy over the winter. Even wasps need somewhere to take shelter during the frosty months.
So, why not give this project a try? Not only is it the ideal place for wildlife to thrive, but it also looks really cool with its cloud-shaped design.
I’ve shared the full step-by-step guide to build your own DIY bug hotel using leftover cans. You can collect empty tins of paint, food cans or any metal tins and put them all together to create a cosy home for bugs this winter.
Metal is endlessly recyclable so choosing products that are packaged in cans is great for sustainability – plus, it gives you the materials you’ll need to be able to make this DIY project yourself!
Be sure to head over to the Do It With Cans website to see the bug hotel project guide and to check out many other handy recycling projects.
Let me know if you have a go at making this project in the comments below and I’d love to see what you make so please tag me in your instagram photos @cassiefairy.