November 03, 2015

Insect Hotel - Now Open

When I came across an insect hotel on Pinterest about two years ago, I was intrigued immediately. I hadn’t seen or heard of one before. I learned that insect hotels are predominantly made from natural materials to provide nesting facilities and shelter to beneficial insects, especially during the winter months. When we planted some tomatoes this year and they got affected by aphids, I remembered this concept. I don’t like using any kind of pesticides and rather wanted try to attract beneficial insects to our garden, which would eat up aphids and other damaging insects, snails etc.

Reclaimed Wood Insect Hotel

 When I mentioned to dear hubby, that I would like to have an insect hotel, he right away ran into the shed to grab some reclaimed wood and started building one. Well, not exactly but it didn’t take me very long to persuade him. Some homemade chocolate muffins might have been involved.

Reclaimed Wood Insect Hotel
When hubby had finished the main structure, we filled the house with twigs, bamboo, straw, bark, pine cones and a piece of a tree trunk with some holes drilled in it.

Reclaimed Wood Insect Hotel

Reclaimed Wood Insect Hotel - Vacancy Sign

I took a piece of driftwood and painted a “Vacancy” sign.

Reclaimed Wood Insect Hotel - Room Rates

Even insects want to know how much a night in a hotel will cost them. So I made this sign with the rates for our comfortable rooms and suites. We have special rates for long-term guests and packages are available as well. Now we wait for our guests to check-in and hope to have less pest infestation next year.

Reclaimed Wood Insect Hotel

You’ll find the insect hotel at these great parties:
Vintage Inspiration at Knick of Time
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
A Morning Cup of Joe at The Cottage Market


Tamara said...

This is adorable Julia.. what fun! My grand kids would love it! Do you mind if I pin it? Thank you for sharing! :)


Junkchiccottage said...

This is too cute. Love this. So fun.

Vesna Maric said...

Simply beautiful.

DVArtist said...

This is a great idea and a very nice art piece for your yard.

Rostrose said...

Oooh, du Liebe, sind noch Zimmer frei? Herr und Frau Rostrose würden gerne ein verlängertes Wochenende im Bambuszimmer buchen! ;o))
Dieses Insektenhotel ist um Klassen besser als das gekaufte Exemplar, das in unserem Garten steht. Erstens war unseres ziemlich teuer (aber wir haben es geschenkt bekommen, also stört mich das nicht soo sehr ;o)) und zweitens ziehen nur ziemlich wenige Insekten ein. Inzwischen weiß ich zumindest bei den Bohrlöchern im Holz, woran die Einzieh-Unwilligkeit liegt: Wildbienen ziehen nämlich nicht in Holzhöhlen mit ausgefransten Rändern, habe ich mir sagen lassen. Das wußte ich leider nicht von Anfang an. Aber euer hübsches Hotel motiviert mich dazu, das Rundumgehäuse in der nächsten wärmeren Saison neu und besser zu befüllen. Dieser große Holzklotz mit den Löchern sieht für mich ziemlich Wildbienen-freundlich aus. Ich bin neugierig, ob sie ihn auch nützen werden!
Ganz herzliche Rostrosengrüße von der Traude (und natürlich Miezenfellchenkrauler und Pfötchenwinker!)

Mellowood Gallery said...

An interesting idea - hope it works to help with the bad guys!

rush said...

I hope it works for you. If nothing else, it is a wonderful study in natural textures!

Chus said...

Es increíble, te felicito. Besos, Chus

Anonymous said...

Dear Julia
Not for you any old boring hotel for the insects to reside, oh no, this is Five Star accommodation lol.
The pinecone as the chimney is brilliant and also the little sign with the room rates, I just love your humour so much. Then the special rates for long-term guests! I also love the idea of the log cabin. It is just perfection and if it weren't for all those little critters, I would happily stay in this hotel :)

Brenda Pruitt said...

How clever! I love it!

Brenda Pruitt said...

How clever! I love it!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

It is a darling little house, but how do you know only the good guys are checking in?

Reserl said...

Liebe Julia,
ein tolles Insektenhotel, wunderschön.
Liebe Grüße von Tatjana

Boxwood Cottage said...

Oh my gosh!
This is by far the most awesome insect hotel I've ever seen!
I'm sure they are all going to love it, apart from the giant Albanian spider, which would need a house of this size entirely for herself he he he!
Love the signs you painted!!!
It's all so well done! You and your hubby are a great team in building special things. If you were in Germany you could build things like this for sale. I'm not so sure if this would work in Albania, but here I'm sure!
Sending you a big hug, dear Julchen!
An Email will follow soon, I hope :)
I'm busy working full time again :D and it takes time to adjust!
xoxo~ Carola

Dorthe said...

Oh my dear Julia, you are so wonderful an artist and Mench !!
How I smiled seing and reading this post, this hotel surely is something very special, and I hope you by now are having totally -sold out !!
I can`y imagine a more wonderful hotel for our insect friends, there are rooms for all kind of wishes, and tastes !!
Love your room rates sign, too Julia , how fun and how amazing you have a gorgeous kind od homour sweet friend !!
Hugs and love from Dorthe

The Polka Dot Closet said...

WHAT.....I have never heard of such a thing, usually want insects to check out, not check in lol! YOu have to keep us informed and let us know if it works.....If it does you are a genius!


Marci said...

This is just the cutest thing! The sign is too funny. Just amazing that you and your husband made this.

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hello my dear Julia,
I'm sure you booked out by now:) Love, love it.Simply genius!
Have a great day.
Hugs and love,

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Wow this is so awesome! Love it! Xo

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

This is just too adorable! I've never heard of an insect hotel before, so thank you for introducing us to your 5 star bug hotel. Love IT! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

June said...

I can't believe how awesome this is Julia!!! I laughed so hard when I read the room rates. So funny. What a brilliant idea this is. And you made it fit for a queen (bug) as well. Everybody who visits your garden will love it, as will the bugs :))) I just hope my bugs don't here about it and decide to make their vacation plans to your place and decide they are never coming home.
Have a wonderful weekend.

FredaB said...

Who has to make the beds?


suziqu's thread works said...

Oh Julia I think this is the most imaginative project from you yet. I adore the Insect Hotel and I myself would like to book the Twig Room as it is the most expensive and must be the best room! I hope you never take it apart as you will be amazed how many little critters and bugs will take up residence there. It is simply gorgeous!
So much fun and yes I won't be sharing this with my wasps and lady bugs either as we love them all living in our luxurious garden too. I have wasps nesting under the verandah just outside my studio room and they keep building and building on it making it bigger and bigger.
Sending love and sweet thoughts and hugs to you,
PS Sorry I'm late but there is more and more to be done here of late. I must email you soon sweet friend. said...

Amazing idea! And it is not only naturally functional but also so pretty! I love the room rates. lol! It's so so unique!

Marie-Interior Frugalista said...

That is beyond AWESOME!!! I bet there is a waiting list at your Insect Hotel.

Rostrose said...

Liebe Julia,
mir ist noch etwas eingefallen, dass ich dir zu deinem Bienenhotel sagen wollte - wir haben bei unserem die Erfahrung gemacht, dass die Zapfen und das Stroh von "anderen Tieren" (Vögel? Eichhörnchen? Mäuse?) ausgeräumt werden. Unter Umständen kann das bei euch auch so geschehen. Deshalb hat mein Mann Hühnerdraht über das Gehäuse getackert - das hilft ganz gut...
Herzliche Rostrosengrüße von der Traude
und natürlich liebe Miezenfellchenkrauler!

Unknown said...

This is the sweetest thing ever! Saw you were a "feature buddy" on Funky Junk! I love your bug hotel so much!!!

Carla said...

What size is it? Can't tell the scale from the pics. Very imagnitive.

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Hi Carla, The insect hotel is 2.2 ft. x 4.4 ft.

lej619 said...

What a neat idea! I love it. Could you tell us what you used ? I can make out a number of the things you used but there are a few I can decide what you used. Would you tell us? One of the things that I can't figure out is in the upper left corner, looks like small squares that are attached to each other and looks somewhat like the one in the lower right corner.? Might they be made out of clay?? They remind me of a brick that is on its side. But the bricks that I have would be too big to use. Hope you can help. As I would love to try and make one for my garden. Thank you

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Hi le619, These pieces are indeed two different kinds of old clay bricks. If you have only bricks that are too large, you could cut them down (there are tutorials on the internet) or construct something similar out of wood. Please let me know if you have any further questions regarding the materials we used.

Unknown said...

:) fantastyczny domek:) Twój mąż to super gość !!!

white and vintage said...

Hallo Julia,
so ein wunderschönes Insektenhotel habe ich noch nie gesehen! Also wenn ich Insekt wäre, würde ich hier sofort einziehen und nie mehr ausziehen:)!

Ich wünsche dir noch einen kuscheligen Abend,
alles Liebe,

Parsimonious Décor Darling said...

This is the cutest and kindest thing ever! Visiting you from The Cottage Market.

Rostrose said...

Hallo, liebstige Julia,
ich hoffe, das Hotel ist ausgebucht mit angenehmen Gästen! Ich muss dich jetzt endlich mal wieder fest drücken für deine lieben, nachdenklichen, lustigen und auch erschütterten Kommentare der letzten Zeit! Mit dem Satz "Die Natur kann grausam sein, aber das ist nichts im Vergleich zu dem, was Menschen im Stande sind zu tun" hast du genau das zum Ausdruck gebracht, was auch ich mir in diesem Zusammenhang gedacht habe. Angesichts solcher Tragödien - die die Welt massiv verändern können - sind die eigenen paar Probleme in einem an sich glücklichen Leben klein und unwichtig. (Was nichts daran ändert, dass sie mit viel Energieaufwand in Angriff genommen werden müssen ...) Die Natur hat mir in letzter Zeit wirklich viel helfen können - wandern, walken, den Kopf frei kriegen... Dieser schwarze, getüpfelte Pilz..., ja der hat mir auch gefallen, ich kannte ihn nicht, habe aber recherchiert: Das ist ein sogenannter Specht-Tintling
In Reiseerinnerungen schwelgen hilft mir ebenfalls - jetzt bin ich allerdings mit meinen vorbereiteten Irland-Posts am Ende und "muss" erst wieder Fotos bearbeiten, Texte schreiben, Collagen basteln... Dass die Iren etwas anderes als Pommes Frites aus Kartoffeln machen können, hat mich auch schwer begeistert ;o))
Ganz herzliche rostrosige Grüße und sanfte Fellchenkrauler
von der Traude

Gaby Bee said...

Dein Insektenhotel sieht einfach toll aus Julia! Darin werden sich deine Gäste sicher wohl fühlen :)

Ich wünsche dir einen wunderschönen ersten Advent!

Liebe Grüße,

ULKAU said...

Solch ein wunderschönes Insektenhotel habe ich überhaupt noch nie gesehen...hier würde ich auch sofort gerne einziehen!
Bei mir kommen auch in jedem Frühjahr die Wildbienen - sie lieben das Schilfrohr, von dem ich mal einen Rest quer als Sichtschutz auf dem Balkon aufgehängt habe.
Lieben Gruß von Ulrike

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh my gosh, that is just the cutest thing ever. Such a fun idea! :)

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I'm absolutely fascinated with your insect hotel. Solitary bees are under siege, so this is a fantastic idea to give them a helping hand.

Sugar Lump Studios said...

What a clever clever lady you are and soooo funny too! Love your brilliant project and I am sure we will be seeing it soon published!!!

Happy Sunday!

john said...

Hello Julia ...what a great idea ....and it looks fantastic too ...definitely worth a batch of chocolate muffins ....Gail x

Unknown said...

Wow! That's perfect! Thanks for sharing, Julia!

Karen (Allegrias Landhaus) said...

Hallo Julia,
gerade über Traude hier gelandet, möchte ich Dir sagen, Euer Insektenhotel ist wundervoll. Besonders schmunzeln musste ich über die Zimmerpreise.
Viele Grüße

Bohemian said...

What a splendid beneficial Idea and so Cute too! I'm wondering what insects I could attract that would be mortal enemies of Scorpions? At our New Home that is the one thing we're discovering there are too many of since it's near pristine Desert and of coarse they were all here first before us humans decided to occupy the area. I'll have to do some research and find out if I can attract some beneficial critters to our yard to wage war on the ones we want to drive out? Don't mind putting up a nice Vacay spot for them like this if they are willing to do the Work! Blessings from the Arizona Desert..., Dawn... The Bohemian

Ashley Rose said...

You should make these and sell them on Etsy! I'd be first in line to buy! :-)

Annie said...

I did not see this post a year ago. This is genius and so incredibly clever! The big question now is ...Did it work? If it did, I'm going to put man right on the task of constructing our own insect hotel.