Make a bee hotel

Bee numbers are falling, so by giving them a home you'll be encouraging nature into your garden and helping bee populations.

Make a bee hotel

What you'll need


You do not need to build a hotel as big as that in our photo, you can make one quite easily using:

  • A terracotta plant pot (9 – 15cm in size)
  • Modelling clay

  • Plastic straws or bamboo canes

  • String

What to do

  1. Cut the straws or bamboo canes to a length that fits the depth of your pot. If you are using bamboo canes you will need a grown up to carry out this part as it’s tricky.

  2. Tie the bundle of straws or canes together with a piece of string.

  3. Place some modelling clay in the bottom of the pot and stick the bundle of straws or canes in to the clay.

  4. Place the pot horizontally in your garden in a quiet place for the bees to move in.

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.