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if you're paying attention, the bee population is in serious decline. I keep seeing bees floundering on the ground and probably on their last leg. I feel terrible for them and want to make a difference. they need us as much as we need them. so I started this small project to help out.
 
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Step 1: Grab a stick

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I keep collecting bits of the forest floor on my hikes to build natural bee hotels, smuggle them out, and then replant them in the forest when they're transformed. anything is up for grabs. I like the knot on this stick, so it came home with me.

Step 2: Drill away

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I'm using a 5/16" bit and a 1/4" bit. if you hold your bit up to the wood, you can eyeball how deep to go. don't go all the way through. hold that place on your drillbit. wrap masking tape around it where your finger is. that will keep you from sinking through the wood. as long as you're cautious of what you're doing.

Step 3: Front porch

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I also chose this stick for how many twigs had been snapped to nubs. I figure these will be good landings for the bees. I drilled several holes above each of these break-offs. everyone needs a stoop.

Step 4: Clean it up

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or don't clean it up. I left sawdust in the holes as much as possible so it has the impression of being abandoned. it also gives the bees more to work with in building their tiny nests.

Step 5: Wire bail

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since this one will be hanging outside my door, I looped a length of wire beneath the topmost catches and around the circumference, making a sturdy loop at the top. nothing fancy, it just gives the home a secure hanger.

Step 6: Decor

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dress it up and welcome your guests! I stashed tea leaves in some of the holes, herbs and fragrant things to attract the bees, pine needles, sunflower seeds, yarn fibers, and "building materials," and then drilled in a red wooden bead just for the fun of it. it's like seeing that one thing on your porch that means you're home.
aliasaint (author) 3 months ago
another model. my inspiration is simply that one in five bees didn't survive last winter. mason bees are tiny and don't sting, but help keep plants and flowers pollinated, which is critical.
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jgoddard43 months ago
What was your inspiration? Just curious, how do you know that bees live in such holes? I know of some varieties which bore holes in wood. I have some busy destroying my carport. Have you read that these hostels may bait those bees away from my carport? I may suggest these as a project for my daughters youth group for a fund raiser too. Thanks for posting.
aliasaint (author) 4 months ago
aw, thanks! I'm pretty sure I missed the deadline on that one. maybe next time :)

This is great! You should enter it in the Made by Bees contest! http://www.instructables.com/contest/madebybees/