Make Your Own: Butterfly Feeder

by Emma Louise Oldham 18 February, 2020 1 Comment

Make Your Own: Butterfly Feeder

These vibrant butterfly feeders will liven up any green space. Transform recycled plastic and add a splash of colour to help feed butterflies.


What you need:

    • Flower template. You can download these from our 'Highest Heights' resource pack here.
    • Card
    • Sticky tape
    • Colouring pens/pencils
    • Stick or drinking straw
    • Scissors
    • Sugar
    • Water
    • Cotton wool
    • Bottle top 

What to do:

Step 1: Use your resource pack* to choose from our different flower templates. Or draw or print your own. Cut it out.


Step 2: Colour and decorate your flower. Remember: butterflies are attracted to brightly coloured things.


Step 3: Now create some backing for your flower, to make it stronger. Place your flower on some card and draw around it. Cut it out. 


Step 4: Glue the card to the back of your flower.


Step 5: Glue a recycled bottle top (flat side down) to the centre of the flower.


Step 6: Mix one teaspoon of sugar with four teaspoons of water. This is your sugar water, which the butterflies will eat. Soak it up with some cotton wool. Push the cotton wool into the centre of the plastic lid. It should remain in place. 


Step 7: Tape a stick (we used garden canes) or a recycled straw to the back of your feeder.


Step 8: Place it outdoors and let it liven up your garden. When the cotton wool gets dry, replace it with a fresh piece soaked in sugar water.

Want to learn more growing your own butterfly garden?

This fantastic blog has a step-by-step guide on where to plant your garden, what to plant and how to accommodate every stage of butterflies (from caterpillars to adults).

 

 

 

 





Emma Louise Oldham
Emma Louise Oldham

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1 Response

Deborah Woods
Deborah Woods

06 April, 2020

This is an excellent idea will give it a try, Thank you, my daughter loves EcoKids. Please could you add a print page function to these online activities, that would really help. Much appreciated

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