Crafting a Bug Box

Crafting a bug box and be fun and easy.
Crafting a bug box and be fun and easy.

Watching a caterpillar spin a cocoon and emerge as a butterfly can be exciting and educational. To create a caterpillar condo or abode for some other bug, try out this craft.


Materials Needed:

  • 4 Slats of untreated timber (2x4s or 2x6s)
  • 2 Eye bolts
  • Mesh wire screen
  • Staple gun
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Drill
  • Hole Saw
  • Wood glue
  • String

First, grab one of the slats of wood (it can be one intended for the top or the side panels) and have an adult help you drill a hole in it. The hole should be at least an inch in diameter, if not large enough for a kid's fist to fit through -- depending on how much insect interaction they're hoping for. The cut-out hole is saved; it will be used as the plug.

Again with an adult's assistance, drill starter holes into the plug and the adjoining wood so the eye bolts can de screwed in and a string tied between them. The eye bolts don't need to be large, they're just to secure the plug so it doesn't get lost. (An alternative is to create a hinged side enclosed by trim that can swing open and closed but shuts securely).

Then take all four slats of wood, apply wood glue to the appropriate adjoining sides and nail them into a square to form to outside frame of the bug box. Once the glue has dried, ask your adult supervisor to help you use the staple gun and affix the mesh wire screen in place on each viewing side. It's a good idea to tuck over the edges of the screen as you go along, so no sharp edges are sticking out.

Staple some string on the top for a handle, then it's off to find an insect inmate.