How to Create a Home for Bumblebees: Building a Bumblebee Nest Box


If you want to help the bumblebees in your area thrive, why not create a bumblebee nest box? These friendly pollinators play a crucial role in our ecosystem, and providing them with a safe place to build their nests can make a significant difference.

Before you start, gather the materials and tools listed below. You’ll need a few common items, such as a duck plate, needle and thread, pipe-cleaners, and tape. Don’t forget to set aside some fluff or grasshopper for the bumblebees to use in building their nest.

Once you have everything ready, follow these instructions:

  1. Measure and mark the length you want your bumblebee nest box to be on the duck plate. This will be the same length as a bumblebee’s body.
  2. Cut out the rectangle shape, then fold it in half horizontally.
  3. Tape the ends together to form a deep chamber, leaving one end open.
  4. Wrap the pipe-cleaners around the closed end of the chamber to make a headdress-like shape. These will serve as entrance markers to guide the bumblebees.
  5. Attach a small ball of fluff or grasshopper to the front of the chamber using tape or thread. This will provide the bumblebees with material to build their nest.
  6. You’re almost done! Just find a nice spot in your garden or yard to hang the bumblebee nest box. Make sure it’s in a sheltered area, protected from rain and direct sunlight.

By creating a bumblebee nest box, you’re not only creating a safe haven for these important insects, but also helping to save them from declining populations. These instructions are simple and easy to follow, so why not give it a try and make a difference in the lives of bumblebees?

Author’s note: If you don’t have a duck plate or other specific materials listed, feel free to get creative and find alternative options that work for you. The most important thing is to provide a safe and welcoming home for the bumblebees!

Credit: Instructions adapted from

How to Make a Bumblebee

If you want to know how to make a bumblebee, follow these step-by-step instructions. It’s a fun and crafty project that will save our friendly bumblebees and help them find a nice home.

Materials you’ll need: thread, paper, scissors, tape, pipe-cleaners, marker, needle, duck tape, and a pair of scissors

Step 1: Start by making the body of your bumblebee. Take a piece of yellow paper and fold it in half horizontally. Then, cut a long oval shape along the fold line. This will be the body of your bumblebee.

Step 2: Next, make the wings. Take another piece of yellow paper and cut two small wings in the shape of a bumblebee’s wing. You can print a template or draw them freehand. Tape the wings to the back of the body.

Step 3: Now it’s time to make the head. Cut a small circle out of black paper for the head. Attach it to the front of the body using tape.

Step 4: To make the stripes on the bumblebee’s body, use a marker to draw black stripes along the length of the body.

Step 5: For the headdress, take a pipe-cleaner and wrap it around a pencil or a small round object. Slide it off the pencil and attach it to the top of the bumblebee’s head using tape.

Step 6: Now, it’s time to make the bumblebee’s wings. Take a piece of black paper and cut two small wing shapes. Attach them to the top and bottom of the body using tape.

Step 7: Finally, make the bumblebee’s stinger. Cut a small triangle shape out of black paper and tape it to the back end of the body.

After following these directions, you will have your very own homemade bumblebee! It’s a fun and cost-effective way to make a bumblebee that looks just like the real thing. Use it for a costume or as a decorative item for your home. The bumblebee’s chamber is also a great place for bumblebees to nest and rest. Give it a try and enjoy the buzz!

Make a bumblebee nest box

If you want to help save the bumblebees, making a bumblebee nest box is a great way to support these important pollinators. Bumblebees play a crucial role in the pollination of flowers and crops, so providing them with a safe place to nest can make a big difference. Here’s how you can make a bumblebee nest box:

  1. Start by gathering the materials you’ll need. You’ll need a small wooden box with a base that is about the same length as a tennis ball. You’ll also need a marker, a pair of scissors, some tape, and a needle and thread.
  2. First, cut a small hole in the front of the wooden box. This will serve as the entrance for the bumblebees. Be sure to make the hole small enough so that voles and other predators can’t get inside.
  3. Next, fill the box with some dry grass or moss. This will serve as the nesting material for the bumblebees. You can also add some dead leaves or straw to provide additional insulation.
  4. To make the nest box more appealing to bumblebees, you can attach some dried flowers or small twigs to the outside. Bumblebees are attracted to bright colors and will be drawn to the nest box if it looks like a natural home.
  5. Finally, hang the nest box in a quiet spot in your garden. Ideally, the box should be sheltered from the wind and rain and should be positioned facing south or east to catch the morning sun.

It’s important to remember that bumblebee nests are temporary and will only be used for a few months. Once the bumblebees have finished using the nest box, you can clean it out and store it for next year. Providing bumblebees with a safe place to nest can help ensure that these important pollinators continue to thrive in your garden.

You will need

Here’s a list of materials and tools you’ll need to make a bumblebee nest box:

– A piece of wood or a wooden box (a small crate or old birdhouse could work too)

– A marker or pencil

– Scissors or a sharp knife

– A measuring tape or ruler

– Some rope or sturdy wire

– Duck tape or masking tape

– A roll of bubble wrap

– Pipe-cleaners

– A pair of needle-nose pliers

– Some paper and a pen to take notes

– A contact lens case or similar small container

– A cardboard tube, like the one inside a roll of paper towels

– Some yellow and black paint (acrylic or outdoor paint is best)

– Paintbrushes (a small one for details and a larger one for the base coat)

– Food like pollen or sugar water to attract the bumblebees

– Optional decorations like flowers, grass, or leaves

– Instructions to make a bumblebee headdress (you can find these online)

– A picture or diagram of a bumblebee nest and chamber for reference

– A few hours of free time and a sense of adventure!

Step 1

To make a bumblebee nest box, you will need a deep box with a lid. Before starting, make sure you gather all the materials listed in the instructions. This includes a box, grasshopper needle, tape, marker, scissors, yellow paper, bubble wrap, thread, and a pair of scissors.

Step 2

Now that you have gathered all the materials you will need, it’s time to start making your bumblebee nest box. Follow these instructions to help you step by step:

  1. Take a yellow paper plate and cut out a piece in the shape of a bumblebee’s body.
  2. Wrap the paper plate piece tightly with yellow pipe cleaners, leaving the ends sticking out to form the bumblebee’s wings and antennae.
  3. Tape or glue a small ball of fluff or bubble wrap to the front of the bumblebee’s body to form the bumblebee’s head.
  4. Using a needle and thread, attach the bumblebee’s head to the base of the body.
  5. Make a small chamber out of paper or bubble wrap and tape it to the back of the bumblebee’s body. This will serve as the nesting area for the bumblebees.
  6. Attach a piece of pipe cleaner to the top of the bumblebee’s body to act as a hanger for the nest box.
  7. You could also print out or draw a bumblebee headdress to wear while making the nest box, just for fun!

That’s it! Now you know how to make a bumblebee nest box. This simple and cost-friendly DIY project will provide a safe and cozy home for these important pollinators. Not only will you be helping the bumblebees, but you’ll also have a beautiful decoration for your garden or outdoor space.

Stay tuned for Step 3, where we’ll learn how to place the bumblebee nest box and make it more inviting for the bumblebees.

Step 3

Now it’s time to make the base and the chamber for the bumblebee nest box.

First, you will need a paper plate. Take a pair of scissors and cut a small piece out of the plate. This will be the entrance hole for the bumblebees. Make sure to cut it near the front edge of the plate.

Next, take a needle and thread and attach it to one end of a pipe-cleaner. Thread the needle through the plate, starting from the back and going towards the front. Leave enough thread at the back so that you can tie it securely to the pipe-cleaner.

Wrap the pipe-cleaner around a stick or a dowel to shape it into a curve. This will be the base of the nest box. Tape the ends of the pipe-cleaner to the plate to secure it in place.

To make the chamber, cut out another smaller piece from the plate. This piece should be about the same length as the base but narrower. Attach the chamber to the base using tape or glue.

Now your bumblebee nest box has a nice base and a chamber for the bumblebees to nest in. You’re almost done!

Bee friendly…

Bumblebees are important pollinators in our ecosystem. By providing them with a safe and welcoming habitat, you can help support their population and contribute to the health of our environment.

Making a bumblebee nest box is a simple and fun project. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make one:

  1. Gather the materials you’ll need. You’ll need a small wooden box with a lid, a bumblebee “starter kit” (which can be purchased online or at a garden center), a piece of bubble wrap, tape, scissors, and a marker.
  2. Start by placing the bumblebee starter kit in the box. The box should be deep enough to accommodate the nest and also provide enough space for the bumblebees.
  3. If the box doesn’t have any ventilation holes, you can create some by poking small holes in the lid and sides of the box with a needle or a small drill.
  4. Cut a piece of bubble wrap that is the same size as the bottom of the box. This will help provide insulation and protect the bumblebee nest from the cold or excessive heat.
  5. Place the bubble wrap in the bottom of the box, making sure it covers the entire surface.
  6. Now it’s time to prepare the nesting materials. Bumblebees like to use moss or grass for their nests. You can collect a small amount of moss, dry grass, or even leaves to provide them with suitable materials.
  7. Spread the nesting materials on top of the bubble wrap, creating a nice base for the bumblebees to build their nest.
  8. Attach the lid to the box using tape or any other secure method that allows you to easily open and close the box.
  9. Finally, you can decorate the outside of the box to make it more appealing to the bumblebees. Use a marker to draw yellow and black stripes on the box, mimicking the appearance of a bumblebee.

That’s it! Your bumblebee nest box is ready to be placed in your garden. Make sure to place it in a sheltered location, such as near a tree or shrub, where the bumblebees are more likely to find it.

Remember, bumblebees are peaceful creatures and rarely sting unless provoked. If you encounter a bumblebee around the nest box, it’s best to calmly move away and give them their space.

By creating a bee-friendly environment, you’re not only helping the bumblebees but also contributing to the overall health of our planet. Let’s all do our part to protect these important pollinators!


Credit: Photo by John Doe

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.