How to make a butterfly feeder

Today – How to make a butterfly feeder – A very simple nature craft for kids


How to make a butterfly feeder

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Easy How to make a butterfly feeder

Ever wondered if its possible to find an easy how to make a butterfly feeder and attract more butterflies to your garden? I love butterflies ..just to see one flitting by makes me so happy.

My kids love them too.

My daughter went on a wildlife trust event this weekend and came back full of information about butterflies. She had had such a nice time and all for the cost of a donation. 2 hours of education and learning around nature …how wonderful

They had been learning all about butterflies and she came back hugely keen to make a butterfly feeder.

You’ll be pleased to know it is a very thrifty craft.


What you need to make a butterfly feeder

Mushy fruit, a paper plate and string


How to make a butterfly feeder


How to make a butterfly feeder in simple steps

Make four holes in the plates sides at quarters by pushing a pencil through.


Then tie 4 equal lengths of string through the holes and join them together at the top  (it should look like an upside down parachute.)

How to make a butterfly feeder

Place the mushy fruit onto the plate (we used mashed over ripe banana.)


Now hang the feeder near some flowers and wait for the butterflies.




We made one colourful paper plate and one plain one. We are thinking the butterflies may be most attracted to the colourful. Will report back!

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a butterfly feeder and I hope your garden fills with beautiful butterflies – this really is the simplest of nature crafts but one that wil bring you and your garden and of course your kids huge amounts of joy.


More about butterflies

You can find out more about butterflies at Defenders of Wildlife or The Butterfly Site. They have lots of information about butterfly life cycles, species, habitats and feeding as well as some super pictures to help you spot which butterflies are common in your own garden. You might also like my post on the history of bats in the UK

Leave us a comment if you make your own feeder to let us know how you get on with this easy how to make a butterfly feeder

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how to make a butterfly feeder


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  1. May 11, 2015 / 11:36 am

    I love this and we are definitely going to make one. I’m always making bird feeders but we get a lot of cats in our garden and so we don’t get many birds, perhaps we’ll have more luck with butterflies!

  2. May 11, 2015 / 1:24 pm

    This looks great. We are just updating our garden so will add one of these into it.

  3. May 11, 2015 / 6:52 pm

    I love this! So simple. I am like you and love butterflies. They always stop me in my tracks. Having spent hours sorting out the garden this weekend I am now going to make one of these to see if we can attract more of them too.

  4. May 11, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    Such a quick and simple idea and I bet it’s lovely watching all the butterflies dance around the plate x

  5. May 11, 2015 / 8:13 pm

    That is such a such a brilliant idea! I am going to give it a try as my daughter loves butterflies, thank you

  6. May 11, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    This is magical – what a fabulous idea as you head into summer x x x

  7. May 12, 2015 / 6:05 am

    What a great idea Becky! Cant wait to see if it work as I want to do it too!

  8. May 12, 2015 / 9:49 am

    Ooh – my kids would LOVE that! So simple yet SO brilliant! Butterflies are my fave x

  9. May 12, 2015 / 10:19 am

    Awww, that is lovely! I hope you get lots of lovely butterflies in your garden this Summer.

  10. May 12, 2015 / 2:13 pm

    I know someone who will love this, thanks!

  11. May 12, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    What a lovely idea, and so simple. I would assume the butterflies will like the colourful plate too – let us know 🙂

  12. May 13, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    How lovely and so simple. Will try it out with the smalls!

  13. May 14, 2015 / 10:54 am

    Oh this is a great one to make this summer! Sharing it now 🙂

  14. Laura
    May 27, 2015 / 11:16 am

    What a great blog post and perfect timing – we bought some caterpillars (as we do ever year), watched them cocoon and released them last week. The girls have been asking how we can attract them back (last year they revisted us a few times which was really special) so I will get them creating their butterfly feeders this weekend. Many thanks Laura

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