DIY Toad Houses

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DIY Toad House

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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!

DIY Toad House

DIY Toad House

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!

Supplies Needed:

  • 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!

DIY Toad House


DIY Toad House

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.

Toad House Tutorial1

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.

DIY Toad House

DIY Toad House

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!


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  1. I love it! I am going to make this tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration! I just have a question though. I know terracotta is recommended as it stays cool(er) than other materials so they don’t get too hot in there. But does adding the rocks negate that, essentially insulating the pot? I’m curious what your thoughts are on that. Not sure where you live but we are in FL and it’s incredibly hot here. PS- I call my daughter bugaboo too! How funny! I call her “bug” for short. She knows if I use her full name I’m probably upset lol!

    1. You know I never thought of the rocks insulating the pots. I’m in the midwest and I have all my houses in places that get shade most of the day so I hope our little toads are okay! I would think if you kept yours in the shade they should be fine and have a water source nearby. You could also just decorate around the opening and leave the rest of the pot uncovered. This way it is still decorated but would possibly stay cooler inside! I hope making them goes well! And that is great you call your daughter Bugaboo too! It’s a great nickname – I love “bug” too!

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