When choosing wood for the bug house frame, cedar is better than pine because it will hold up in the elements longer; avoid treated lumber since it may kill the insects you hope to protect and it’s bad for your garden.
Build the shelving in the box before you insert it into the wooden frame or it will be difficult to connect all the pieces.
When constructing a roof for your bug house, don’t forget an overhang! An overhang will keep water out and the bugs from drowning when it rains.
Coat the outside of your bughouse with natural linseed oil to make it rain repellent.
Collect reusable material over time. Broken garden hoses or flower pots can be reused to build your bug house. What you think of as “trash” can be repurposed art!
When deciding on a location for your finished insect house, pick a spot that gets shade and sun and little wind and rain, to better protect the bugs inside.