Friday, August 28, 2015

Summer Bucket List: Make a Butterfly Feeder

Sweet Turtle Soup - Summer Bucket List: Make a Butterfly Feeder

How to make a butterfly feeder:
Sweet Turtle Soup - Summer Bucket List: Make a Butterfly Feeder
You'll need -
  •  a plate
  • a wire plate holder (3 bucks at Home Depot)
  • string
  • things that attract butterflies such as fake flowers, and shiny beads
  • little metal washer or clip, or something similar
  • hot glue
  • sponge
  • butterfly food >>> sugar & water
Sweet Turtle Soup - Summer Bucket List: Make a Butterfly Feeder
Slide your plate holder onto your plate. Tie equal lengths of string to each hook end on the wire holder. And then tie all four strings onto your washer or clip. The idea is to use the washer or clip to hang it somewhere outside, such as a branch.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Summer Bucket List: Make a Butterfly Feeder
Attach butterfly attractants to the string with hot glue.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Summer Bucket List: Make a Butterfly Feeder
I found the dining room chandelier to be the perfect spot to hang the feeder while I hot glued. Aria helped string the beads and pulled apart the fake flowers, but I did the hot gluing.

Place the sponge on your plate.

Make your butterfly food by heating 9 parts water to 1 part sugar in a little pot until the sugar dissolves and then let cool.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Summer Bucket List: Make a Butterfly Feeder
Find a spot to hang the butterfly feeder. We happened to have this hanging plant hook laying around. Aria picked a spot to shove it into the ground and then we hooked up the feeder.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Summer Bucket List: Make a Butterfly Feeder
Take your cooled sugar water and squirt in onto the sponge until it is saturated.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Summer Bucket List: Make a Butterfly Feeder
Check back daily to add more sugar water and hopefully catch a glimpse of some butterflies.

We've only seen a single butterfly flying around it, but it has also been pouring all the live long days. It is really nice to spot the pop of pink from our dining room though. And, Aria enjoys making and squirting the butterfly food.

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17 comments:

  1. That's such a fun and seemingly easy project! I hope you get some butterfly's soon! Callie is obsessed with trying to catch one ever since the 9yr old neighbor girl did! haha! I keep thinking practice for 6 more years! :) But maybe a feeder would help :)

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  2. Such a cute idea! Love it :) Hope you get to see some hummingbirds. :)

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    1. Those would be even more fun than butterflies too! We see plenty of butterflies but not so many hummingbirds.

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  3. Oh my gosh, how adorable is this?! You really are the cutest, most creative mom, Courtney!! Aria is so lucky!

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  4. What a cute butterfly feeder! Hopefully your weather shapes up so you can see more butterflies!

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  5. So adorable!! What a neat idea!

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  6. This is cute and simple! Who wouldn't love to have one in there garden? And you're getting to the end of your list!!! Sniff!!!

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  7. That is the prettiest butterfly feeder Ive ever seen. And quite possibly the only one. Hope the rain subsides so you can have a butterfly feast!

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  8. Seriously how fun and creative is this?! I love that it's a butterfly feeder vs your regular everyday bird feeder. So much more fun! And butterflies are so much more pretty anyway :)

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  9. Another thing I am bookmarking for this time next year!

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  10. This is adorable! And bonus points if you get lots of butterflies when the rain stops!

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  11. Holy smokes! When I saw your supplies, I had no clue where this was going. But dang! Again you impress me!

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  12. That's a really cute idea! I haven't heard of a butterfly feeder, but I like it. Does it attract bees?

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  13. Love how that turned out! The plate you chose is really pretty. As much as I love hummingbirds you'd think I would have thought to do something similar for our yard. But nope! Just letting nature fend for itself I guess 😉

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  14. Such a fun pretty little project to do together. Hopefully the butterflies will find it and you'll have several. She is such a great helper.

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  15. Such a fun project! It came out great, too! We don't get many butterflies around here...but we do get hummingbirds and those are my favorite.

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