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.

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

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“.






  1. April 14, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    may need to try this, we have thought about a bug hotel for a while, if we make one now in should be used by the winter. #Trash2Treasure

  2. April 17, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    How funny I was looking at tyres to make seats for the garden but it sounds like tyres can have many uses. #Trash2Treasure

  3. April 18, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    Love this and you have packed it our beautifully. Our bug hotel is made from old pallets stacked up, but I don’t think we have packed it out well enough to make the perfect home like this. Clever use of the VW logo in the middle too!

    Thank you for sharing with me on #Trash2Treasure

  4. April 22, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    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

  5. August 24, 2017 / 9:48 am

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

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