Make a mason bee house

You can make a simple mason bee house.

Use things you have around the house.

What you need:

  • Empty milk carton
  •  Paper bags
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

What you do:

  1. Cut the top off the milk carton. Cut at an angle to make a roof for your house.
  2. Cut the paper bag into six-inch (15 cm) squares.
  3. Roll the paper squares around the pencil. Pinch one end and seal with tape.
  4. Fill the house with the paper rolls. Put the sealed ends at the back.
  5. Hang the house outside. It should face east or south.
  6. Don’t worry if bees don’t come right away. It might take a little while for them to find their new home.

Adapted from • Photos: Margaret Sutherland