Doll’s House for Bugs and Hedgehogs

Bug hotel where to locateMy eight-year-old daughter no longer wanted her doll’s house but refused to give it away. She then came up with the brilliant idea that it would be perfect as a bug hotel with a new basement flat for hedgehogs.

Even for a doll’s house bug hotel ‘location, location, location’ is important. We needed somewhere that the hotel for bugs would be in the shade but catch some sun. We also wanted to locate the wildlife home somewhere hedgehogs would feel safe and close to plant cover. Under the wood stairs to our garden deck is a quiet spot close to a hedge and an area we’ve left wild. In the summer this area is mainly in the shade. In the winter the sun shines longer due to bare branches. In the first photo you can see the doll house still wrapped from storage in the overgrown corner by the stairs.

For a while we’ve been collecting odds and ends for the doll’s house bug hotel and hedgehog home. A friend gave us a bunch of old bricks. We found some broken terracotta pots on the edge of a field. A broken wooden crate was saved. A farmer donated some wooden pallets. We even discovered some stone slabs in our garden.

(Since we have both American and British children’s books in our home my daughter, like me, sometimes uses the US spelling of dollhouse rather than British doll’s house)

Hedgehog homeFirst we built the hedgehog home with walls made by bricks including a main room with some straw as bedding. It was covered with a small wooden pallet then a stone slab was put on top for the doll’s house.

Dollhouse bug hedgehog hotelThe hedgehog home had a side entrance made with the former front of the doll’s house. An old chimney stack was also added leading to this entrance. Stones and fossils collected by my twins finally found a home too.

Dolls house turned into bug hotelOnce the doll’s hotel for bugs and hedgehogs was built, the rooms needed to be ‘decorated’ for the little critters which would live in it.

Off we went for a walk in the woods in search of dry leaves, dead wood, dry bark and pine cones. My son was rather pleased about finding a deer skull explaining that it would be ideal as an insect habitat in one of the rooms.Woods search for bug hotelDry leaves dead wood pine cones for bug hotelKids in the woodsFinding deer skull in woods

In case you’re wondering, we’re temporarily using the left over wooden pallets as a fence behind the dollhouse to stop our latest guest – my mother’s dog – from escaping through the hedge.

Each room now has lots of crannies and crevices to attract all different types of bugs. Dollhouse bug hotelDollhouse bug hotel and side wingDolls house bug hotelDollhouse for bugs and hedgehogs

My kids do wonder which of the small creatures that take up residence in the doll’s house bug hotel will choose the bedroom filled with doll’s furniture.

Dolls House Bugs hotel Hedgehog Home


12 thoughts on “Doll’s House for Bugs and Hedgehogs”

  1. This is an incredible idea! I’m now eyeing up my daughters pretty pink Dolls house and thinking about other uses!
    Please post some updates about the new residents. #countrykids

  2. What a brilliant idea! It’s great that you are making use out of the dolls house and that it hasn’t been relagated to the tip. There are going to be some very happy bugs when they stumble across your hotel 🙂 #countrykids

  3. Wow, what a wonderful idea! I absolutely love this. What a great way to recycle her doll’s house. I love all the different rooms with cones and sticks etc inside them. What a perfect place for insects and bugs to live! #countrykids

  4. Such a clever idea Kriss and a perfect way to keep the dolls house, but reuse it in an educational and more grown up way for Luce. I shall have to remember this one when some thing breaks on one of our property playroom dolls houses. I love all the things the twins found to go inside and hope it is soon a thriving community for them.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  5. I’m sure lots of insects have already found it. Great idea. We have an ever growing collection of rocks and fossils, but I’d not though of using them in a bug house. Fab finding a deer skull. #CountryKids

  6. Wow Kriss! What a great idea. I love this. I want to make one but I don’t think Olivia has outgrown her doll house yet.

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