Here’s how to make your own DIY butterfly feeder – a perfect kids craft!
1. Get one of your old jam jars. Using a hammer and nail, puncture a hole in the centre of the lid.
2. Insert a piece of sponge into the hole of the lid so it fits very snug.
3. Turn the glass jar upside down.
4. Cut two pieces of string. Wrap each string around the base of the jar and tie a double knot (the two knots should be opposite each other). You will now have four strings extending from the jar (labelled 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B). Take string 1B and 2B and tie a double knot about halfway up the jar. Do the same with strings 1A and 2A, trying to get the knots at an even height on opposite sides of the jar. Then take strings 2A and 2B and tie a double knot at the top of the inverted jar. Do the same with strings 1A and 1B. You have now formed a macramé-style structure to hold the jar securely.
5. Fill the jar with sugar water (mix ten parts water to one part sugar) and butterfly food, and seal the lid tightly.
6. When you invert the jar, the sugar water will saturate the end of the sponge sticking through the lid.
7. Decorate the jar with fresh colourful blooms from your garden, and hang the feeder on a tree branch where you’d like to attract and observe butterflies.
Looking for more kids DIY craft inspiration? Why not check out our beginners guide to reading tea leaves or make some tortillas together!
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