How to Build a Bug Box

This instructable shows you how to build your very own wood box, to contain bugs and plants for science experiments.

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Step 1: Cut Your Wood to Length

You will need to cut 12 pieces of wood as follows:

  • 4 pieces 8 inches long
  • 4 pieces 11-1/2 inches long
  • 4 pieces 12 inches long

Step 2: Form Two Squares

Using 2 11-1/2" pieces and 2 12" pieces, form one square as follows:

  1. Lay out 2 11-1/2" pieces vertically
  2. Lay 2 12" pieces horizontally between them at the top and bottom.
  3. Place a small dab of glue at the top and bottom of the 11-1/2" pieces.
  4. Push wood pieces together at the glue to form a square.
  5. Take staple gun and staple the ends where the glue is to secure the 4 pieces of wood together in a square.
Repeat this again to form another square, you will need in total 2 squares.

Step 3: Complete the Cube

Now you need to connect the two squares with the four 8" wood pieces.

First apply glue to the ends to connect them, then use the staple gun to staple the pieces together. Let the glue dry just a little bit before continuing on.

Step 4: Add Sides

  1. Cut out 3 pieces of cardboard rectangles to cover the front, the back, and the bottom of the cube and staple them on.
  2. Next cut and wrap and staple mesh netting around the last 3 sides to completely cover the cube.

Step 5: Finishing Up

Take an Exacto Knife and cut out three sides of a square on the front piece of cardboard on your cube to make a little door.

Now your cube is completely assembled and ready for some plants and bugs!

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    tomatoskins

    4 years ago on Introduction

    What kind of netting would you suggest? I'm sure that larger holes would let bugs through. Congratulations on our first instructable and welcome to the community!

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    glasswindowtomatoskins

    Reply 4 years ago

    It all depends on what you will be using the box for. I used just very generic plastic mesh that had small holes. I will say it is probably best to stick with plastic as other materials might not see fold or staple well to the wood.