DIY Butterfly Feeder

How to Make a Plate Butterfly Feeder

Besides bringing a magical beauty to any garden, butterflies help promote growth by pollinating flowers. You can attract more butterflies to your yard with this DIY butterfly feeder that also serves as an attractive garden ornament. Mother Nature would definitely approve.

Things You’ll Need

Acrylic plate
10″-14″ wire plate holder
String
1/2″ metal washer
Sponge
Silk flowers and leaves
Hot glue
Glass beads
Sugar
Water
Wire

Step 1:
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Attach a wire plate holder to the back of an acrylic plate. You can find plate holders at hardware stores, arts and crafts stores, and home decor stores. Cut four pieces of string about 24″ long and tie the ends to the prongs gripping the edge of the plate. These four strings will suspend the butterfly feeder on the tree.

 

 

Step 2:3.3

At random points along the four strings, thread some glass beads and secure them with knots on either side. These beads will help catch the light to attract the butterflies.

 

Step 3:3.3

Take the four strings and tie them together around a 1/2″ metal washer. This washer will be used later for hanging the feeder on a tree.

 

 

Step 4:4

Using a hot glue gun, attach brightly colored silk flowers to the strings at various points

 

 

Step 5:5

Make your own butterfly food by mixing 10 parts water with one part sugar. Heat the mixture until the sugar dissolves, and allow to cool.

 

 

Step 6:6

In the center of the plate, place a sponge on some silk leaves. Spoon some of the sugar water mixture onto the sponge until it is saturated, but not overflowing. Then hang the butterfly feeder from a tree branch using wire connected to the washer. Check the feeder regularly to make sure there is plenty of sugar water in the sponge.

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Admire and wait for the butterflies to visit the feeder!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read the original tutorial at : http://www.ehow.com/way_5484767_homemade-butterfly-feeder.html?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=fanpage&utm_content=inline&crlt.pid=camp.9Le2ig6IcqPA&crlt.pid=camp.Jbe0ahFW38vU

Katie Bevernitz

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