First, if you've got a wood shop and tools, then you're golden, I don't so I drove to my parent's house to use theirs, plus, they have a built in baby sitter for my 1 year old, so that's a bonus.
ETA after trial and error I found that lining the holes is essential and keeps the bees happy and, well alive!
Step 1: Things to Swipe
Babysitter (if applicable)
Piece of dry, untreated wood, (I used a log intended for a fireplace)
Chop saw or chainsaw to cut wood
two pieces of flat wood for the roof
drill press or hand drill
Step 2: Cut the Wood.
Step 3: Drill, Drill, Drill Some More.
Extra points if you go in there with a dremel tool afterwards and smooth out all their little holey homes. bees dig that kind of attention to detail.
Step 4: Keep the Rain Out
I used some long screws with a Robinson SOLELY so I can give kudos to CanadianP.L. Robertson for making the bit, high fives fellow Canuck!! Thanks for the bit!
The roof looks mucky because the air compressor was pooched (doh!) but thankfully bees aren't one for being picky, so it will go un-noticed by our guests.
So the rigid drills are great, but the battery lives SUCK, thankfully they are warrantied for life, so make sure you keep your receipts and warranty cards, you'll need them, Mine had very little juice left so I had to hand crank the screws for the last house in.
Step 5: Step Back and Appreciate How Cute Your Little Bee Homes Are
So once they're all sanded out and have critters in them, hang them in full sun, facing south east or south, at least a meter off of the ground, Also make sure there is nothing obscuring the entrances to the tunnels such as plants or unicorns.
I made three, two for me, (we're on 15 acres, we can use a LOT of bees) and I made one extra for a friend of mine in the hopes to trigger some interest in bee-ing. She's stoked and is buying her bees tomorrow from the nursery nearby. It's good fun, I'm thinking about making a bee-cam, but we'll see how well they like THIS home before I go all 'big bee brother' on them.