A Butterfly Feeder Jar

Make a butterfly feeder jar just in time for spring. Use an old jar or jug with a tight fitting lid. Embellish the jar with glass paints and stencils. Make a hole in the jar lid with a drill or nail and thread strings, a piece of fabric or sponge through the hole. Fill the jar with sugar water, add the lid and hang upside down. Butterflies will soon be stopping by for a sip of nectar. Decor
Paint an old jar or jug with glass paints.
Create a hanger with string
Use string, fabric or a piece of sponge inserted into the lid through a small hole.
Fill with sugar water and hang upside down.

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  • Jude
    on Jul 24, 2017

    That is so pretty! Where is the best place to hang it to attract the butterflies?
  • Carol Cole
    on Aug 11, 2018

    wouldn't it draw ants.?

    • SM
      on Aug 12, 2018

      I have had trouble with ants at my humming bird feeders. For various reasons the water moats are not working. I put Vaseline on all of their access points. They do not get too far.

    • Carol Cole
      on Aug 12, 2018


    • Sandra
      on Jun 15, 2019

      You can also put vegetable oil on your hanging shepherds hooks.

    • Robin Glaros
      on Sep 18, 2019

      Go to lowe's I think it's called Ant blocker. I've used them for the past 3 yrs and it works great. Save the box good for about 2 seasons.

    • Carol Cole
      on Sep 18, 2019

      Thank you , it is very nice.

    • Jan
      on Feb 10, 2020

      at hardware store you can buy a plastc cup like plastic thing that hooks to feeder and on other end to sheppard hook. If cup is kept full of water ant will drown before reaching feeder. I have used these with success. Jan

  • Donna
    on Feb 14, 2019

    What keeps the sugar water from dripping out onto the ground?

    • Mssmatch
      on Jun 8, 2019


    • Sandra
      on Jun 15, 2019

      It's like a vacume i believe. I will let you know when I try it. Lol

      I know the idea is for the so called wickto stay wet while holding the liquid in the bottle.

    • Angi
      on Jun 16, 2019

      How small does the hole have to be for string to stop it from dripping? Or how would one use a sponge? It's super pretty, just wondering at the physics of it...

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