Butterfly & Bee Waterer

5 Materials
10 Minutes

I have been working to create a flower garden for the bees and butterflies.

The garden is always a work in progress and I figured it was time to add a waterer for my pollinator friends. This is a very simple and quick hanging version of a waterer.

Materials List

  • 12" Grapevine wreath
  • 9" Glass pie plate
  • Glass gems or Rocks
  • Twine
  • Scissors

I cut 4 double strands of twine. My twine is 48" long.

I looped the twine in half. Place the loop over the grapevine wreath.

Then pick up the wreath and put the loop part under the wreath.

Then place the twine ends through the loop.

Then pull the twine ends up and the loop will tighten around the wreath.

I repeated those steps for all four pieces of twine.

Space the twine out evenly so it will be evenly supported when hung.

Tie a large knot in the twine so it can be hung up.

I want to hang this from the maple tree in the back yard, but for now I'm trying it on a shepherds hook.

Once the wreath is hanging it's time to place rocks of your choice into the pie plate. I used some clear glass rocks I had, but you can use any rocks you want. I would clean them before putting them in the pie plate so the water can stay clean.

Simply place the pie plate on top of the grapevine wreath and fill with water. Make sure you don't fully submerge your rocks so the bees and butterflies have a place to rest.

Yes, it is that simple.

Just setting the pie plate onto the wreath allows you to easily remove the dish and rocks for cleaning. This way you can create a healthy environment for all your butterflies & bees.

I'm excited to see how many pollinators will come check this waterer out.

NOTE- You could also make a water dish on a pedestal if you prefer.

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  • Fretz Fretz on Jun 28, 2022

    How do you make a pedestal

  • Kayelily Middleton Kayelily Middleton on Jun 28, 2022

    I would be afraid this would be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Anything to prevent that?


    Since the plate is glass and also the beads will the water get too hot if I place it in a sunny place? I don't have a lot to shade.

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  • Phyllis Gears Pezzin Phyllis Gears Pezzin on Jul 02, 2022

    Would I need to add corn syrup or sugar to the water for the hummingbirds?

  • Katesmonsta Katesmonsta on Jul 20, 2022

    Butterfly's don't drink water that way. They wick it with their curly-Q antenna from mud. So maybe a small pool on the ground in your garden. Also plant milkweed as that is the only plant their larvae will eat so the only place they lay their eggs.