Every year I enjoy the activity in my garden at the insect hotels. Many insects find their way to find shelter there . Mostly masonry bees are drawn to the garden with an insect hotel. They provide more biodiversity in our garden. Especially fruit trees are very happy to be pollinated by these bees.
Now I had 2 old insect hotels, and they fell apart from misery. Now I got two new insect hotels (for sale at Action not sponsored) I find them a bit colorless. If bees are based on bright colours then a colourful hotel seems more attractive... At least it makes me happy..
Reason for me to pimp them! Decopatchen is the best option for me. There are so many nice species, there is always something for you. These 2 papers come from the newer collection.. so super sexy for the critters!
I first paint the surface white with chalk paint. This creates a fresher look of the decopatch paper. I measure out the large pieces and stick in its entirety. For that I put a thin layer of decopatch glue on the wood and stick the paper to it. Smooth the paper from the inside out. Smaller pieces I cut a bit more for like eg. a strip on the front. So I can quite easily paste these parts.
Finishing is done with special varnish lacquer. This is UV resistant and waterproof so ideal for outdoor use! It should be applied in 3 layers with between them in 2 hours drying time. And then the insect hotel can lure its little guests to get a room!
All materials shown are clickable! These products are available on the website of Urban Craft Factory/Trixx Creatief. Use the voucher code: CREAKIDS and get a small gift with your order!
More insect hotels!
Of course we will count bees again this year. You can read all about that in my blog: