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Watch out, fairies about!

Our handmade insect houses are going from strength to strength as our reputation for building unique homes from reclaimed wood grows. But, as any growing business knows, you need to diversify and continue to add new ideas to appeal to different audiences.

A friend of ours has a huge talent when it comes to creating¬† gorgeous handmade fairy doors. We’ve added a few of these to our bug houses which have proved really popular with all ages.

The interest that our fairy door bug houses have generated sparked Tracy, my wife, to indulge her love of all things fairy by trying her hand at making essential accessories that no self-respecting fairy should be without.

As I was building Christmas bug house orders in the December sunshine, Tracy was perfecting the art of making tiny fairy bikes, stepping stones and the cutest table and toadstool themed chairs. She used to make her own jewellery and has always been really creative so it was no surprise that she perfected the art in no time… but that’s not to say that I wasn’t massively impressed by what she’d created.

It’s not just me that’s impressed either. We took the newly made fairy stepping stones, tables, chairs and bikes to a Christmas event at Northycote Farm in Wolverhampton on 3 December… and they went down a storm! And since sharing the pictures on social media, we’ve been inundated with orders from people wanting to treat their fairies to some handmade goodies.

Recycling wood to build handmade bug houses for beneficial insects will always be at the core of what we do, but now that we’re moving into the world of fairies who knows what will be next on the agenda. Watch this space to find out.

Our online shop will be coming soon, but in the meantime please get in touch if you’d like to have a chat about ordering your handmade fairy garden essentials, or one of our individually designed bug houses.




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We’ve gone ‘international’

Since making our first bug house back in March this year, it’s fair to say that things have gone a little bit crazy.

We started by using up any bits of scrap timber we could find but demand has grown so much that we’re now constantly on the look out for wood to rescue and turn into fab new homes for those all important garden insects.

Our latest finds include a load of garden decking and some old fencing that were destined for the tip.


Here are just a few of the bug houses we’ve made from the wood in the pictures above:


Most of our sales have been made at craft fairs and through friends and family but we’ve also had a fair number of orders come through our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts and as the word is spreading, demand is increasing.


Just recently two of our bug houses were bought as gifts and we were asked to send them out by post – using MyHermes courier service they were sent off to their new home…in Scotland. Much to the delight of their new owners Alex and Summer.

We’ve got to be honest, we’re a little jealous of the location our bug houses have found themselves in – such a lovely setting.

We hope the bugs in Scotland realise how lucky they are to be the first to have one our individually designed Homes for Bugs outside of England!

Come take a look at some more of our customer photos in the gallery – maybe you’ll be inspired to get your very own bug house.

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What do you do if you rescue some wood from the garden of a terraced house?

Well, for us there was only one thing to do – build a little village of terraced bug houses.

The lengths of triangle timber that we’d picked up during a visit to my daughter’s new home were perfect for insect roofs. And with the help of the mitre saw, they were soon waiting to be fitted to their new homes (complete with chimneys made of twigs).

As well as the triangle lengths, we’d also rescued some old scaffolding planks that we cut down to various sizes to create the walls of the terraced bug houses.

We screwed these to the roofs and cut another plank to size to create the base for the houses to stand on.

Then it was just a case of adding the backs and a couple of small pieces of wood to separate the floors. We then filled the bug houses with bamboo, twigs and pine cones creating plenty of nooks and crannies for bees, ladybirds and any other bugs that would like to make these lovely little houses their home.

We loved the first design so much, we decided to create a little village of terraced bug houses – we’d love to hear what you think of them.


If you’d like to see our bug houses in the flesh why not come and say hello at one of the craft fairs we’ll be at over the next few months.

Click here to find out where we’ll be – we’d love to see you.

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What do bugs do for my garden?

Buitterfly and bee on purple flower

Insects play such an important part in keeping our gardens healthy.

Since we started making bug houses, one of the most common questions we get asked is: “Why do I want bugs in my garden?” Well, many bugs help our plants to grow by pollinating them, these beneficial insects keep the soil healthy and they naturally control garden pests that feed on our favourite plants.

Whether it’s bees and butterflies pollinating our flowers, fruit and vegetables or ladybirds and lacewings keeping the aphid population under control, beneficial bugs are crucial to keeping your garden healthy.

Beneficial insects help to pollinate your plants and control garden pests naturally
Beneficial insects like bees and ladybirds are really good for your garden.

But which insects are the good ones? you can see from the great infographic below that bees, ladybirds, spiders, lacewings. earwigs, ground beetles and ants are ‘helpful’ bugs and should be encouraged into our gardens.

Insects That Benefit The Garden
Source: Blog

How can I attract more bugs into my garden?

Now you know how good bugs are for your garden you’re probably wondering how to attract more of them.

Many gardens now are so well kept that beneficial insects are finding harder to find natural spaces to rest, nest and shelter. A few simple changes can really help them.

Make a log pile to attract beetles and ladybirds and create pond to lure dragonflies, water beetles and pond skates. Piles of rocks or upside down flower pots make great homes for ground beetle, centipedes and spiders and if you grow a wide variety of flowers you’ll have a really good chance of attracting bees, butterflies, lacewings and hover flies.

If possible, leave an area of your garden to grow ‘wild’. This will encourage bugs (and other wildlife) to visit your garden.

Attract more beneficial bugs to your garden by creating a pond, making a log pile, growing flowers and letting an area grow wild to give year round shelter.
Attract insects by growing flowers, creating a pond or letting an area of your garden grow wild.

If you’d like to give the bugs in your garden a home they’d be proud of, why not take a look around our online shop at our individually designed, handmade bug houses?




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Why should I have a bug house?

Two bees on a yellow flower

Now that you’ve read little about what ‘good’ bugs do for your garden you could be thinking about getting outside and helping them to thrive…maybe you’re even thinking about getting yourself a bug house.

But why have an insect house?

Well, for a start your garden will love you for it. By giving insects like solitary bees, ladybirds, lacewings and butterflies somewhere to rest, nest and shelter you’ll be getting natural pest management and pollinators galore.

Aphids are the gardeners enemy and love to munch on your beloved plants. Encouraging beneficial bugs like ladybirds and lacewings into your garden will help to keep them under control – naturally.

Wildlife friendly garden

Bugs are key to creating a wildlife-friendly garden. The more bugs you have, the more insect loving wildlife you’ll attract too. You could see and increase in hedgehogs, bats and birds like blackbirds, robins, blue tits and wrens  – and add a little water and you could soon see frogs and toads hopping around too.


Bug houses give beneficial insects like bees and ladybirds somewhere to rest, nest and shelter.
Insect houses give beneficial bugs somewhere to rest and lay their eggs.

But where do I put my bug box?

Warm and sheltered spots are generally thought to be the best places to hang your insect house. Attach it to a tree or fence post that faces the morning the sun and make sure that rain can’t pour into the bug house.

There’s no exact science (and no guarantee that your bug house will be full of inhabitants within hours of  putting it up) so the best thing to do is to check it after a couple of weeks. If there’s no sign of any beneficial bugs, take a look around and find another warm and sheltered spot to try.

Hang you insect house in a warm and sheltered spot to give beneficial bugs like ladybirds and lacewings somewhere to rest, nest and shelter.
A south facing, sheltered spot is thought to be the best spot for your bug house.


If you’ve decided that now is the time to give the beneficial bugs in your garden a brand new home, why not have a browse around our online shop and see if anything catches your eye.

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We’ve been busy

People keep asking: ” Why bug houses?”

After I built the bug ‘hotel’ I started noticing bee and bug houses in DIY stores and garden centres. The problem I found with them is that they are really quite small, obviously mass produced, pretty sterile looking with very little character (no self-respecting insect would want to be seen in them) …and pretty expensive too! ¬†So I decided to make my own.

I’ve always liked the idea of working with wood so with my t’rusty hand saw, a 10 year old drill, a small electric sander, a few screws and a lot of imagination I set to work to see if I could make something better.


I was pretty happy with my first attempt…created from a pallet, with the edge of an old dining table making the perfect roof.



Next I had a go at transforming an old pub bench that I’d ‘rescued’ from a skip (with permission from the pub)…that went pretty well too. So I made a small insect house out of a scrap piece of wood I found behind the trees, then I filled a couple of small metal watering cans that had been in the shed for ages with bamboo and a pine cone. There’s something really satisfying about making stuff out of materials that you’ve ‘rescued’ from the scrap heap.



We started sharing our creations on social media and the reaction was brilliant. Everyone who we spoke to loved them…and people even wanted to buy them. So we started making more.

As our bug houses have become more popular we’ve been sourcing wood from anywhere we can get our hands on it. It’s surprising how much scrap wood there is out there when you start looking – and most of it is really good quality too.



And with the increase in demand we’ve even upgraded the saw…



We went to our first craft market over Easter and the reaction was really positive…so we’ve signed up for another two.


We’re planning to be selling our handmade bug houses at a few craft fairs over the summer – find out where we’ll be by clicking here.

See you soon hopefully.