Good morning! Here we are for day 3 of Garden Week! This fun DIY project is perfect for a rainy afternoon! Toad houses and toad caves are a fun addition to any yard and can help encourage toads to hang out in your yard. Toads are great for gardens and they eat tons of insects. We kept finding toads as we were gardening so we decided to make little homes for them!
What makes a good toad house?
- Located in a nice shady place or a place frequently visited by toads
- Water source nearby
- Water the area frequently to keep the house humid
- An escape hole in the back of the house/cave so the toads can escape from predators can be helpful
- Decorated to look pretty and interesting in your garden!
- Terra cotta pots
- Super glue or hot glue
- Stones, pebbles, sea glass
- Terra cotta saucer if creating your own water source
*Update: I used hot glue on our houses and they have held up well, but they are somewhat sheltered from the elements. Depending on your climate and where your toad house will be located, you may want to use something stronger like Gorilla glue or glue made for outdoor projects.
Step One: Decorate the terra cotta pot with the stones or pebbles. You only need to decorate the top half of the pot since the bottom part will be buried under the soil creating your toad cave!
Step Two: You can also create a little water bowl for them by using a terra cotta saucer (the ones that usually go under a pot to catch draining water). We decorated the top edges of our water bowls with more stones.
Step Three: Place the toad houses outside! Dig them into the ground so the toads house has a dirt floor the toads can burrow into if they want. Find a spot to dig your house where toads already frequent or find a shady spot to place them in. Make sure a water source is nearby or dig the pot lid into the ground if you made one.
I love how the houses blend in and look so cute in the garden! I hope our toad friends stick around :) See you tomorrow for another fun DIY project for the garden!