The Gables Insect Inn

Insect Inn

A very easy (and eco-friendly) DIY insect inn to do for great impact on a wall in your garden, adding a new design element and a safe place for pollinators.

What you Need for your Insect Inn

  • Timber strips cut to these specifications:
  • Big frame: 2 x (390 x 55 x 16mm); 1 x (580 x 55 x 16 mm)
  • Medium frame: 2 x (307 x 55 x 16mm); 1 x (470 x 55 x 16 mm)
  • Small frame: 2 x (203 x 55 x 16mm); 1 x (325 x 55 x 16 mm)
  • Wood glue
  • 18 wire round-head nails (1.6 x 25 mm)
  • 3 Hilti screws


Tape measure, pencil, mitre box, hammer, handsaw, impact drill with masonry drill bits


1. Once you have cut all the timber to the cutting list, cut 45° angles on the ends of all the pieces.

2. Glue and nail the pieces together to form a triangle.

Insect Inn

3. Hang each triangle from a Hilti screw secured into a wall, forming a pattern with the three triangles. Fill your bug hotel with sticks, cut bamboo, broken terracotta pots, slate, straw, seedpods, bark – in fact, anything natural that will pack into a pattern. Pack the material in tightly to keep it from falling out.

Insect Inn
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