The bumblebees are so impressive, they are the first pollinators out in the spring when it's still really cold in the air.
You will not find a bee out when it rains but that does not stop the bumblebees.
But the bumblebees have a hard time due to us humans so we need to help them survive.
This bumblebee house is more or less a bird house that is "bumblebeefied". : )
Step 1: Materials
Plank (width around 17 cm ) and around 1,2 meter long
Plywood for roof and bottom (17*21 and 17*30 centimeter)
Pipe (1,5*40 cm)
Drill (1,5 cm)
Step 2: Assemble
Saw the sides according to the sketch in step 1, Materials.
Then screw the sides together. I pre drill to avoid the wood from breaking before screwing.
Then saw the roof and bottom parts and attach them as well.
I put the roof so that the most of the over hang is in the front but some of it is in the back.
I saw of a piece in the middle back of the roof so I can add the piece of wood for suspension.
Screw the suspension piece in place.
Step 3: Paint
I wanted to paint the bumblebee hotel as a traditional swedish cottage(picture from google) so I start by taping the sides, to later paint in white) and then I painted it in Falu rödfärg (a red calcimine).
The roof is painted in black color for outside use.
Step 4: Opening
Drill a hole 1,5 cm wide and then glue the pipe in place. The bumblebees want a long entrance to get the feel of a hole in the ground to crawl into.
Step 5: Sign
Every bumblebee hotel with self respect needs a sign : )
I make a sketch on baking paper for my sign.
I paint the wood piece white, and then trace the sketch onto the wood.
Paint the sign to your liking and then screw the sign in place.