Butterfly Feeders

IMG_2077Summer is here and we love to be outside. What better way to spend the days outside but in the company of butterflies 🙂 You can make your butterfly feeder as simple or as decorative as you wish. We decided to decorate our feeders in the same way we glittered up our phone chargers in June 2014s craft club post glitter glitter everywhere. You can decorate with stickers, washi tape, paint, nail polish or however you wish. Be creative! But remember, these will be outside so try to use weather resistant materials.
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You will need:

  • small sized mason jar
  • hammer
  • nail
  • kitchen sponge
  • rope or string or twine
  • scissors
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • decorating materials



Directions:

  1. To make butterfly nectar: In a sauce pan mix 1 cup of water with 2 tbsp sugar and boil until sugar is dissolved. Approx. 3-5 min.Cool fully.
  2. Meanwhile, turn jar upside down and decorate your jar as you wish. Click here to see steps for glitter decorations.
  3. Turn jar back over and place nail in the middle of the lid. Hammer the nail into the lid to make a hole. Remove nail.
  4. Cut 1/2 inch section off the dry sponge. Wet the section of sponge and then using the nail push the sponge through the hole in the lid (and pull from the other side) so 1/2 inch is sticking out the top. It should be tight so that the nectar doesn’t leak out. Get help from a grown up if needed.
  5. Tie one arms length of string around the jar below where the lid screws on. Repeat using another arms length of string so that the knots are on opposite sides of the jar.
  6. Using one section of string from one side secure it half way between the two knots buy tying it to the two strings. Repeat with other side so that you have four strings equal distance around the jar.
  7. Turn jar over and tie all strings together with a loop knot at the bottom of the jar (now the top)
  8. Fill jar with cooled butterfly nectar and secure lid tightly.
  9. Hang feeder in shadowed area of you backyard or garden and await arrival of butterflies.

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NOTE: You should replace the butterfly nectar in your feeder once a week so that it doesn’t spoil.

Write in the comments to tell us how yours turned out, what kinds of wildlife yours attracted.

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