How To Easily Create An Air Bee And Bee

Air bee and bee made from wooden crates

It’s National Gardening Week and what better way to celebrate it than building your very own bee hotel! Bees are important for our environment, so why not provide them a place to stay when they’re not buzzing about?

Woman holding honeybee on blurred background

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 x 5L outdoor wood paint (we used 5 Year Ducksback Silver Copse™)
  • 1 x rough sawn wood pallet
  • 1 x hand saw
  • 3 x flat head nails
  • Sandpaper/ flexible sanding pad
  • 2 x 2” paint brush
  • Collection of straw, pine cones, hessian, jute, natural dried grasses, cut bamboo etc.
  • Fine mesh chicken wire
  • 8-10 metal pins
  • Wire clippers
  • Fixing bracket, drill and screws
solitaire bees flying

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What to do:


Step 1: Saw off the end of the pallet using a hand saw.


Step 2: Lever off one of the planks from the discarded pallet and nail to the back of the cut section creating an open fronted box with 2 long slots.


Step 3: Lightly sand the pallet then paint with 2 coats of Cuprinol 5 Year Ducksback in your favourite colour. Make sure you dust off after sanding with a clean brush. Allow to dry.


Step 4: Once dry fill each slot with natural materials.


Step 5: Cut a length of chicken wire to cover the open front and hammer in small staples to keep in place. Trim to size. Fix bracket to the back, hang off a fence and wait for the bugs to set up home in their new bug hotel.


Hope Wilson

I love travelling and food- so it's a good job I'm the travel and cookery editor for My Weekly! I also get involved with the real life section of the magazine as helping people share their stories is one of my passions.