Make A DIY Butterfly Feeder In 6 Easy Steps

Encourage butterflies to visit your yard and pollinate your plants by making a butterfly feeder. It's easy! You'll need: A small jar (a mason jar or a baby food jar will work), hammer and nails, string, a sponge, sugar, water and construction paper.
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First, prepare "butterfly food" by mixing nine parts water with one part sugar. Depending on the size of your jar, you'll use either a tablespoon or a teaspoon.
Let the mixture boil until the sugar is dissolved, and then let it fully cool before putting it in the feeder.
Using your nail and hammer, punch a small hole in the lid of the jar. You're going to be cutting your sponge and you want your sponge to fit tightly through the hole, so keep it small. You can always make it bigger as necessary.
Cut your sponge into strings about one inch wide, and then pull it through the hole so there is about a half-inch of sponge sticking out from the top of the lid.
Remember, you want the sponge to stick tightly even when it's wet, so you might need to make it larger than you think.

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5 questions
  • Susan Turner
    on Apr 12, 2016

    Is the sponge cut long and slim so one end is always in the food?

    • Ntp5559881
      on Apr 15, 2016

      I want to know this too....It didn't say in the article.....

    • Rhand2
      on Jun 14, 2016

      The jar is hung upside down, so the sponge only needs to be about 1" long.

  • Susan Turner
    on Apr 23, 2016

    Are the sponge pieces cut long and slim so one end is always in the food?

  • Bonnie Coslett
    on Dec 31, 2016

    Where do you get the yellow top?

    • Shawna Bailey
      on Jan 1, 2017

      I was wondering too!

    • Kma20416141
      on Aug 27, 2017

      You might try bird supply stores. This one looks very similar to a Oriole feeder I use. It must be the same company, or they copied the design to use for butterflies.
    • Dolores Holloman
      on Dec 15, 2018

      I want to know the answer to this also I have found they do not give complete instructions

  • Mary Holzapfel
    on May 5, 2017

    the diirections don't show the jar in the saucer and what do you do with paper?
  • Dorene Valerio
    on Aug 26, 2017

    i live in a Senior complex, we do t have any gardens. How can I utilize this idea without having a garden to put it in?

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