How to Make a Homemade Butterfly Feeder

For the Plate Butterfly Feeder


Things You'll Need

  • Acrylic plate
  • 10"-14" wire plate holder
  • String
  • 1/2" metal washer
  • Sponge
  • Silk flowers and leaves
  • Hot glue
  • Glass beads
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Wire

For the Jar Butterfly Feeder

Things You'll Need

  • Glass Jar
  • Nail and hammer
  • String
  • 1/2" metal washer
  • Glass beads
  • Silk flowers
  • Hot glue
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Wire
Plate Butterfly Feeder
  • Attach a wire plate holder to the back of an acrylic plate. You can find plate holders at hardware stores, arts and crafts stores, and home decor stores. Cut four pieces of string about 24" long and tie the ends to the prongs gripping the edge of the plate. 
  • At random points along the four strings, thread some glass beads and secure them with knots on either side. These beads will help catch the light to attract the butterflies.
  • Take the four strings and tie them together around a 1/2" metal washer. This washer will be used later for hanging the feeder on a tree.
  • Using a hot glue gun, attach brightly colored silk flowers to the strings at various points
  • Make your own butterfly food by mixing 10 parts water with one part sugar. Heat the mixture until the sugar dissolves, and allow to cool
  • Then hang the butterfly feeder from a tree branch using wire connected to the washer. Check the feeder regularly to make sure there is plenty of sugar water in the sponge.

Jar Butterfly Feeder

  • Thoroughly wash and dry a glass jar and lid, removing the paper label. Using a hammer and nail, puncture a hole in the center of the lid.
  • Cut about a quarter inch from one end of a half-inch thick sponge, and cut that piece in half lengthwise so it is about a quarter inch on all sides. 
  •  To help squeeze the sponge in the hole, use the nail to push a little bit of the sponge through, and then pull it from the other side. The sponge should be very snug in the hole.
  • Wrap each string around the base of the jar and tie a double knot. The two knots should be opposite each across. You will now have four ends of string extending from the jar. 
  • Take strings 1B and 2B and tie a double knot about half way up the inverted jar. Do the same with strings 1A and 2A. Try to get the two knots at an even height, on opposite sides of the jar.
  • Then take strings 2A and 2B and tie a double knot at the top of the inverted jar. Do the same with strings 1A and 1B. You have now formed a macrame-style structure to hold the jar securely.
  • Thread some glass beads on the string to catch light in the garden. Tie the four strings together to a half-inch metal washer.
  • Fill the jar with the sugar water butterfly food, and seal the lid tightly. When you invert the jar, the sugar water will saturate the end of the sponge sticking through the lid. Then hang the feeder on a tree branch, using wire threaded through the washer.

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