Turn a ketchup bottle into a Butterfly Feeder and attract pollinators to your yard!

Materials:

  • Plastic Bottle with Lid
  • Cotton Ball
  • Rubber Bands
  • Flowers
  • Yarn
  • Water
  • Sugar

Instructions

      1. Place a strong rubber band around the bottle
      2. Tie a piece of yarn to rubber band on both sides of the bottleLearn how to make a simple Butterfly Feeder from a plastic bottle.
      3. Place additional rubber bands around the bottleLearn how to make a simple Butterfly Feeder from a plastic bottle.
      4. Place a cotton ball through hole in the lidLearn how to make a simple Butterfly Feeder from a plastic bottle.
      5. Place flowers under the rubber bandsLearn how to make a simple Butterfly Feeder from a plastic bottle.
      6. Make Butterfly “Food”: ¼ cup of sugar + 1 cup of water- STIR WELLLearn how to make a simple Butterfly Feeder from a plastic bottle.
      7. Add sugar water to the bottleLearn how to make a simple Butterfly Feeder from a plastic bottle.
      8. Close the lidLearn how to make a simple Butterfly Feeder from a plastic bottle.
      9. Hang it outsideLearn how to make a simple Butterfly Feeder from a plastic bottle.

    Tips

    • Make sure the cotton ball "wick" is sticking through the bottom of the lid after hanging your feeder up.Learn how to make a simple Butterfly Feeder from a plastic bottle.
    • If you are having trouble pushing the cotton ball through the hole, use a toothpick to help push it the cotton through.
    • If using fresh flowers use hardy varieties that won’t wilt quickly.
    • To make a more permanent Butterfly Feeder use fake flowers.
    • DO NOT add food coloring to the butterfly food as that is not good for butterflies.

     

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  • CrazyCatLady

    I don’t understand the point of this project. Why not attract pollinators by planting flowers that pollinators can, you know, actually pollinate? And providing plants (for example, milkweed for monarchs and carrot family plants for black swallowtails) that their caterpillars can eat? Throwing a bag of native wildflower mix into a 5×20 area of otherwise unused road easement is a heck of a lot easier and more useful than going to all this trouble.

  • Mary Goodson

    This is a GREAT project…. if you want to KILL butterflies with highly processed SUGAR. EW. That’s seriously disgusting. And the flowers in this “project” aren’t even a kind that would attract a butterfly. Sigh. The ignorance is strong with this one.

    Buy a pot of flowers, put it on your balcony. Butterfly bushes are available in dwarf varieties and will bloom all summer. All you have to do is remember to water it.

    PLEASE don’t teach children to poison wildlife with the crap that’s already killing millions of humans.

  • TXN MAMA

    We’ll be saving our ketchup bottle for this craft! We just released our butterflies from our live butterfly habitat as part of a science project. Our kids loved the experience. This will be a great extension!