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

Ever wondered 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 cane back hugely keen to make a butterfly feeder.

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

What you need…

Mushy fruit, a paper plate and string

What to do…

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.)

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.

Simples!

Experiment.

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!

 

Hope your garden fills with beautiful 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.

Leave us a comment if you make your own feeder to let us know how you get on.

Don’t forget to check out all our other craft and play posts.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Make a butterfly feeder - A very simple nature craft for kids

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17 Comments

  1. 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.
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  2. 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!
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  3. May 12, 2015 / 9:49 am

    Ooh – my kids would LOVE that! So simple yet SO brilliant! Butterflies are my fave x
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  4. 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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