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How to make a recycled tyre bug hotel (post sponsored by Volkswagen)

Bug hotels are all the rage, its not hard to see why. Building a bug hotel is a great activity to involve children in. It sparks an interest in insects, wildlife and the outdoors.

Your tyre bug hotel can shelter bumblebees, ladybirds , woodlice and so much more. The autumn is great time of year to build one as you are likely to have a variety of natural materials available. You can use straw, dry grass and hollow plant stems.

Learn how to make your own easy bug hotel with an old tyre and materials found around your garden, great activity to do with your kids #DIYBugHotel


Use a former tyre to create a fun DIY bug hotel, how to make your own bug hotel on the blog

How to make a recycled tyre bug hotel

To make your own recycled tyre bug hotel balance your tyre on a piece of brick either side. I found this tyre dumped by the side of the road, but I am sure you can ask your local garage for an old tyre.

Place something like sticks or straw across the base of the tyre. It needs to be a material which crosses the gap within the tyre. We have used sticks.


Cut a piece of wood to lay on top, it needs to be the width of the tyre tube.


Place your next layer. We have used pieces of a old hose pipe, followed by the stems from our corn crop. In the middle we have placed a former brick drain pipe, with a vw logo made out of foam board.


Place a layer of wood across. Fill your next layer, we have used the pine cones followed by sticks.


It’s dead easy to make and makes a fun alternative to have a round DIY bug hotel.

This post is sponsored by Volkswagen – check out other recycled and/or car related tutorials by fellow bloggers on the Volkswagen collaborative pinterest board “DIY Bloggers for Volkswagen“.





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Carbonizing Machine

Friday 1st of September 2017

Thanks for sharing. It looks quite attractive. I would like to have a try.

Sorting Plant

Tuesday 29th of August 2017

Thanks for sharing. I will have a try.

Beston Machinery

Tuesday 29th of August 2017

Great idea. I like this very much. Keep writing.

Beston Group

Thursday 24th of August 2017

It looks very interesting. Recycling waste tires is very friendly to the environment. Thanks for your sharing.

Kids of the Wild

Saturday 22nd of April 2017

This is a great way to use an old tyre and benefit the environment in two ways! Love the VW logo bit too, natty thinking! #Trash2Treasure

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