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Build A Bug Hotel From Your Recycling

How to build a bug hotel from your recycling that will attract all sorts of insects into your garden.
Active Time30 mins
Drying time1 d
Author: Lukeosaurus And Me


  • 6 Recycled tin cans
  • Silicone or Super Glue


  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Twigs
  • Pinecones
  • Dead leaves
  • Dead wood
  • Tree bark


  • Ensure your tin cans are washed and dried.
  • Using silicone or super glue, carefully attach the tin cans to one another. I attached 3 cans to create the base, 2 for the middle and 1 can for the top.
  • Depending on the adhesive you used, leave the cans to dry. If using silicone, I recommend leaving it to dry over night.
  • Once the adhesive is completely dry, you can begin filling your bug hotel. Fill each tin can with a different material.


I'd recommend using silicone to fix the cans together as it holds together well in the rain. Silicone can be purchased cheaply from places like Screwfix or Amazon. Super glue will also work well, but avoid using glues such as PVA or hot glue as these will not stick the metal together and will not last outside.