Build ladybirds a home

Create a safe and warm home for ladybirds, whether in your garden or in a community space.

Last edited: 11/04/2024

Before you get started

Items you may need

  • Small logs
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Pine cones
  • Straw
  • Twigs
  • Planks of wood or other repurposed materials to create a shelter

Remember young people should always be supervised when using tools.

An above shot of two children holding pine cones in their hands.


Creating a home for ladybirds


Drill holes to form a log hide

Drill a number of holes in a log, with each hole pointing in a different direction. Ladybirds will make their way into the depths of the log to stay safe.

You could place the logs into a larger shelter, or use the drilled logs as standalone homes.

A selection of small logs and rocks next to a garden fence.

Create a shelter

Find materials to use as a frame and roof to keep the ladybird home protected from the weather.

Materials could include:

  • Repurposed wood pallets
  • Spare ceramic tiles
  • Unused household items

Be creative – but make sure the shelter is safe.

A small wooden pallet leaning up against a garden fence.

Fill the shelter with ‘bedding’

Fill your shelter with a variety of bedding to give ladybirds a choice.

We advise:

  • Pinecones (Tip: dry your pinecones to open them up)
  • Straw
  • Twigs


Ladybirds will want to feel safe in a small protected space.

A young child kneeling on the floor filling a teapot with straw.

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A ladybird home made from a wooden pallet, pine cones, logs and hay-filled teapots.

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