Thursday, May 27, 2010

Butterfly Feeder

With the warm weather came loads of butterflies to our area, which has caused great delight in Maggie's 2 year old. To encourage more to come to their yard, we decided to make a butterfly feeder using this wonderful tutorial we found! It's so easy and is a great way to recycle!

What you need:
  • an empty water bottle
  • nail
  • cotton ball
  • pliers
  • butterfly nectar (recipe below)
With the pliers, hold the nail over a flame to heat it up (the pliers will keep you from burning your fingers as the nail heats up). Then gently push the hot nail into the bottom of your water bottle.

Next take a piece of your cotton ball and push it tightly into the hole (the tighter the better).
Finally, mix up some butterfly nectar (1/4 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 3-4 drops of red food coloring) and pour it into your bottle. Tie on some string and hang your feeder outside near some flowering plants!
This feeder may also attract some hummingbirds so keep your eyes open!

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34 comments:

  1. We have butterfly bushes that attract lots of butterflies, but I was considering putting out a hummingbird feeder! Thanks! I added this to my favorites so I can try it with the kids this summer!

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  2. so simple! We might have to try, we don't get many butterflies around :o(

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

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  3. great idea! We're totally into butterflies this year!

    http://TurtlesToStart.blogspot.com

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  4. What a great idea! So fun!! :)

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  5. How fun would this be! My kids would love it if butterflies came around our yard. I think we'll have to try it!

    www.makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com

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  6. LOVE this! i'm so gonna try this. :)

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  7. That's so cute! And I just put in a butterfly garden, so perfect timing!

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  8. This will be a fun project with my kiddos. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. What a fun idea!

    Thanks for linking up to Saturday is Crafty Day!
    Laura @ along for the

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  10. Hi,

    Its the same recipe for hummingbirds! Its a great idea and craft to share with kids. Thanks for the idea.

    Anne-Marie

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  11. Wonderful way to make a feeder.
    Kathy

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  12. Hello...

    I love this great idea! Such an easy craft project that offers hours of great entertainment as well! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome butterfly feeder with us today for Sunday Favorites!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  13. That is the same solution I make for "my" hummingbirds (minus the food coloring). I don't see butterflies at the hummer feeder and am thinking perhaps the ledges for landing aren't quite right for them. Great project!

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  14. Hmm...worth giving a try...since it is a free project!

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  15. love this! come link up to making monday marvelous! happy memorial day :)

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  16. I would love to have one of those for my little toddler, unfortunately I have three cats who are excellent hunters and great at killing hummingbirds.

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  17. Very cute! I'm making one today. Although, I have heard not to use food coloring because it may be harmful to hummingbirds (one study suggests it may cause tumors) instead I'll use some red ribbon to hang it!

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  18. love this idea and your blog!!
    so cute and clever!

    i am your newest follower!

    i'd love to hear back from you!
    http://www.lovelypapershop.blogspot.com

    Thanks and happy Tuesday!

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  19. Great idea! Butterflies are so fun to watch.

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  20. WOW!!! I LOVE this idea!!! I will be doing this out in our back yard. Thanks for another great summer idea!

    I'd love if you'd link this to my Tuesday's Tips. Thanks!

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  21. I am a new follower! Found you through Someday Crafts.

    I love the butterflies we have in droves, and will have to make one of these feeders to help keep them feed.

    Kimberlee @ www.TheSpunkyDiva.blogspot.com

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  22. Love this idea! We have a huge backyard with lots of trees and bushes, one lone hummingbird feeder I just bought, and now with this idea I can place several more. :-)

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  23. I've had such poor luck with store bought feeders, there is no way to clean them when they get all gunky inside! This is a great tutorial so I won't feel bad about tossing it when it gets gunky! Thanks! Found you thru Women Who Do it all!

    ~Kelli @ Smidgens

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  24. Never thought to feed the butterflies! So clever and creative! I can wait to try the recipe! Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  25. JUst planted some buterfly bushes, but they aren't attracting much - will try this! thanks for the tip! *blessings* Lib

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  26. Would love to post and link to this post tomorrow on Ohdeedoh.com at 12 pm. Thanks!

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  27. So happy you all like this! Julia, we'd be so flattered if you posted about this!! Thanks so much! :)

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  28. Thanks for linking up. This is fantastic. I'll have to keep it in mind for next Spring here in Australia.

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  29. I linked up to this post on my blog today!

    ~Kimberlee

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