Butterfly Reservoir Feeder


Make a pretty butterfly feeder and attract these important pollinator insects to your garden, adding color and motion as well! Please note: this project requires the use of a hot glue gun.


What You Need:

  • Acrylic plate
  • Wire plate holder
  • Sponge
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Twine
  • Silk leaves
  • Beads
  • Metal washer (1/2 inch is preferred)
  • Hot glue


What To Do:

  1. Attach the wire plate holder to the back of the acrylic plate.
  2. Cut four pieces of twine about 24 inches long and tie the ends to the prongs of the plate holder that are gripping the plate. These four strings will suspend the feeder from a tree or shepherd's hook.
  3. Thread some beads at random points along the four pieces of twine and secure them with knots on either side.
  4. Take the four pieces of twine and tie them together around a metal washer.
  5. Make the butterfly food by mixing together 10 parts water to one part sugar. Heat this mixture until it dissolves. Allow it to cool thoroughly.
  6. Place a few silk leaves on the acrylic plate.
  7. Place a sponge in the center of the plate on top of the silk leaves and spoon over the butterfly food until the sponge is saturated.
  8. Be sure to check the feeder regularly to make sure the sponge has plenty of butterfly good.

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