Besides bringing a magical beauty to any garden, butterflies help promote growth by pollinating flowers. You can attract more butterflies to your yard with this DIY butterfly feeder made with a plate that also serve as attractive garden ornaments. Mother Nature would definitely approve.

Things You’ll Need

  • Acrylic plate
  • 10″-14″ wire plate holder
  • String
  • 1/2″ metal washer
  • Sponge
  • Silk flowers and leaves
  • Hot glue
  • Glass beads
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Wire

How to Make a Plate Butterfly Feeder

Step 1:
Attach a wire plate holder to the back of an acrylic plate. You can find plate holders at hardware stores, arts and crafts stores, and home decor stores. Cut four pieces of string about 24″ long and tie the ends to the prongs gripping the edge of the plate. These four strings will suspend the butterfly feeder on the tree.

Step 2:
At random points along the four strings, thread some glass beads and secure them with knots on either side. These beads will help catch the light to attract the butterflies.

Step 3:
Take the four strings and tie them together around a 1/2″ metal washer. This washer will be used later for hanging the feeder on a tree.

Step 4:
Using a hot glue gun, attach brightly colored silk flowers to the strings at various points.

Step 5:
Make your own butterfly food by mixing 10 parts water with one part sugar. Heat the mixture until the sugar dissolves, and allow to cool.

Step 6:
In the center of the plate, place a sponge on some silk leaves. Spoon some of the sugar water mixture onto the sponge until it is saturated, but not overflowing. Then hang the butterfly feeder from a tree branch using wire connected to the washer. Check the feeder regularly to make sure there is plenty of sugar water in the sponge.

via ehow