52 Projects #15 Pollinator Pied a Terre

Hoot Hoot, this guy is the new pollinator pied a terre.  Our owl-like bug hotel to bring in solitary bees, beneficial wasps and lacewings, not to mention those wonderful spiders who take care of so much of the garden and help to pollinate our vegetables and flowers.

Those of you on facebook or instagram will have seen this guy; he was a bigger project my Superhero and I worked on together.  The box body is reclaimed wood we had on hand. The drilled logs for bee nurseries came from a chopped down dead tree in our back yard.  The pinecones came from pine trees on our morning walks. We recycled cardboard for the “wings” and around the eyes and purchased a small bundle of garden bamboo to tuck in between the logs, and the chicken wire was in the barn.  His funky ears are left overs from that same downed tree.  About 95% upcycled I’d say.

He’s off to the shapes show at the gallery first as my sculptural entry, and if he goes home to another garden we have a simpler version already in the works as a stand in.  We also plan to use the stump of the dead tree which we left quite tall to house one and some bird houses on top.  Even though we’ve still snow on the ground, my heart if falling into the garden.  Now if we can figure out how to construct a rain barrel drainage system to harness the water off the barn and send it to the garden behind in one swoop, I’ll share.  Permaculture is a wonderful thing.  Compost away and bring in those good bugs.

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13 Responses to “52 Projects #15 Pollinator Pied a Terre”

  1. Jan March 28, 2017 at 11:25 am #

    I love it! So creative and useful at the same time. And recycled! Very clever. I love the orchard bees, they are always working around here.

  2. Carolyn Dube March 28, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

    Such a brilliant way to upcylce and honor nature and all the little critters needed to keep the world blooming!

  3. Valerie- Jael March 28, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

    What a great project, love everything about it! Well done! Hugs Valerie

  4. froebelsternchen March 28, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    This looks so super – a big owl – I love it!

  5. Patty's Magpie Nest March 28, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

    Totally fabulous and inspiring Corrine!!!
    Love it on so many levels

  6. Dorthe Hansen March 29, 2017 at 5:26 am #

    It is a wonderful guy, a great hotel for all crablers (new word,lol ) in your garden, and I love Mr. Owl . I bet he will not return with you, Corrine, so sneaky ,lol, of you to have started another one . Hug!!!

  7. Erika N March 29, 2017 at 5:49 am #

    I thought I saw this before, but it was Facebook. I’ve been bugging Dave to make me one of these, and we saw some at the flower show so I think he now knows what I mean. So maybe he’ll turn on his creative juices. Hope this Friday night snow doesn’t put a damper on Saturday morning. I am looking forward to some play time. 🙂 Hugs-Erika

  8. Jackie PN March 29, 2017 at 8:07 am #

    What a very cool and resourceful project Corrine!! I want to make one now as well! I have seen smaller designs of “bug motels” but love the owl effect you have created! Bravo you two! xx

  9. Bleubeard and Elizabeth March 29, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    This is unbelievably ironic, Corrine. I was doing an internet search for recycled projects, and ran across a woman and her partner who makes these. NOT as clever as your owl, I might add, but she provided a decent tutorial. Sadly, I thought this was too much project to handle in a daily April recycle post, but I have the chicken wire, the pine cones, branches, tree branches I can hollow out, and bamboo, which she recommends because it is already hollow. What I don’t have is leftover wood, because I’ve cut it to make collages/assemblages. I simply ADORE your design, which is much more clever than the ones these people had. Sadly, I didn’t save their link, since I didn’t plan to use it this year. But it certainly has my bEARTHday approval!!

  10. Julia - Vintage with Laces March 31, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

    This is so cute, Corrine! I wish you many beneficial visitors! My hubby built a bug hotel 2 years ago. Especially several kinds of bees love it.
    xo Julia

  11. sheila 77 April 1, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

    This is such an artistic bee house, a five star hotel for creatures.
    We have a very little one but the only insects who have used it are spiders and we keep clearing the webs in case a bee should come along and be caught. The spiders don’t seem to live in it. I would love it if bees used it; do let us know if they use yours.

  12. Barbara Casillas April 2, 2017 at 4:13 pm #

    Great idea! All of us with a yard could use one of those.

  13. johanna April 7, 2017 at 5:17 am #

    your “insect Hotel” (as we call it here) Looks fantastic! built with much more Fantasy than the ones i´ve seen so far.

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