Crafts: How to Make a Butterfly Feeder

By Kayla Hewitt
Grandfather with his granddaughter watching a butterfly together

Do you love seeing colorful butterflies gliding around in the summer? Is your child a budding entomologist who wishes they could get a closer look? Well, this craft is an easy way to attract some beautiful butterflies and let your kids explore nature right in their own backyard!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Plastic bottle with lid
  • Cotton ball
  • Rubber bands
  • Flowers
  • Yarn
  • Water
  • Sugar

Here’s how to make your butterfly feeder:

  1. Place rubber bands around the bottle
  2. Tie a piece of yarn to one of the rubber bands on both sides of the bottle
  3. Place a cotton ball through hole in the lid
  4. Put flowers underneath rubber bands
  5. Make butterfly “food”: Stir together 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water
  6. Pour butterfly “food” into bottle
  7. Close the lid
  8. Hang it outside and watch as butterflies come out to play!

To find out more about how to make your very own butterfly feeder, watch the video below and check out the full instructions on PBS Parents.

Once you’ve made your butterfly feeder don’t forget to snap a picture and #PTAOurChildren when you post on social media!

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Kayla Hewitt is a contributing writer for Our Children Magazine. 

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