Make your own butterfly feeder

How to make a butterfly feeder.
How to make a butterfly feeder. Photo: Paging Fun Mums

Who wouldn't want to attract butterflies to their home? This is so simple to make and the kids love it. 

To make your own you will need:

  • Mason Jar
  • Kitchen String
  • Kitchen Sponge
  • Butterfly Stickers & Flower embellishment (optional)
  • Blue food dye
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Saucepan
  • Hammer
  • Nail

Step 1

Bring approximately 1/2 cup of water to the boil, add 4 cups of sugar and cook until all the sugar is dissolved. Add 2- 3 drops of food colouring and set aside to cool.

Step 2

Punch a small hole in the centre of the lid of the mason jar using your hammer & nail.

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Step 3

Cut a small strip from your sponge and pull it though the small hole in the lid making sure it fits snugly (as pictured) - you don't want any of the water solution to escape.

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Step 4

Decorate your jar. We used butterfly stickers and a flower in the hopes to attract multiple butterflies.

Step 5

Use the kitchen string to make a 'hanger' for the feeder.

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Flip your jar upside down. Tie some string around the neck of the jar. Cut two long pieces of string (however long you want your feeder to hang). Take one end of the string and tie it to the piece that is already secured around the neck of the jar. Then, attach the other end to the string on the opposite side of the jar. This will make a loop and will allow for your jar to hang upside down. Tie the second length of string in the same way to make a second loop, perpendicular to the first.

Place the last piece of string through your two hanging loops to pull them together. Your jar should hang evenly.

Fill your jar with the cooled blue sugar water and screw on the lid tightly (with the sponge fitted through the hole).

Step 6 

That's it, you're done! Hang your feeder on a tree outside and wait for the beautiful butterflies to arrive.