Watch Your Garden Bloom With ButterfliesBack
Delicate and angelic butterflies are not only pretty to look at, but are also incredible pollinators who help our ecology. This cute butterfly feeder made from recycled materials ensure that your garden is visited by these tiny creatures and keep your flowers blooming.
- Printable templates
- Toilet or paper towel rolls
- Plastic straw
- Pipe cleaner
- Plastic bottle caps (you better use in yellow, red, or orange)
- Yarn or cord
- Hot glue gun
- Crafting felt
- Color paper
- Pompoms or sponge
- Rotten/overripe banana
- 4 parts Water
- 1 part Sugar
- Lemon peel
Wrap toilet paper roll with a nice piece of yellow or red gift paper and glue it on. Pierce two facing holes onto the paper roll using scissors. Then slide a plastic straw through the holes. To fix the straw, use hot glue.
Download and print pattern, cut out petal and leaf shapes. Cut long pieces of colored paper about 1.5″ tall and fold them together into an accordion, then cut it following your petal shape. Repeat it using different green papers and the leaf shape. Starting from the centre of the paper roll to the bottom, glue the bottom of the petals to the paper roll. Make two rows of petals to get a flowery look. Finish adding one last row of leaves.
Glue bottle caps all around the bottom of the paper roll. Turn it upside down then fix them adding more hot glue.
Prepare an arch tying a pipe cleaner end to each side the straw. Take some yellow felt and cut it into the size of your bottle caps.
Tie a piece of red yarn to the centre of the pipe cleaner. Add red or orange pompoms to the bottle caps and place an empty half lemon at the top of the paper roll.
Next comes preparing some tasty butterfly food! Boil a solution of 4 parts of water to 1 part of granulated sugar or molasses for several minutes until sugar is dissolved. Let it cool.
Put some rotten banana into the lemon peel and bottle caps. Now you can enjoy making some pastries: place banana around the pompoms, they will look like cherry cookies. Pour the sugary solution over the fruit and pompoms to get them soaked.
Hang feeder among flowers (about 4 or 6 inches high on a limb) from a shady tree. Otherwise place it on a flat surface. Always keep your feeder watered and replace banana once a week.
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