19 DIY Butterfly Feeder Ideas + Quick Liquid Butterfly Food Recipe

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Butterflies are the prettiest creatures, and if you want them to flutter around you, try to make one of these DIY Butterfly Feeders!

Attract beautiful butterflies to your garden with these easy DIY butterfly feeder ideas. From repurposing household items to creating a natural nectar solution, these projects are fun, inexpensive, and a perfect way to attract butterflies.

1. Plate Butterfly Feeder

Upcycle a designer plate to create a hanging butterfly feeder! Put bright colored fruits on it as butterflies attract towards warm colors. Visit Garden Therapy to get the instructions.

2. Mason Jar Butterfly Feeder

Use a mason jar or a plastic container to create this vibrant butterfly feeder for your garden. This tutorial uses water and sugar as nectar, but you can use other options available in this list as well.

3. DIY Butterfly Feeders

A large dish with a rim is required to create this hanging butterfly feeder. This DIY project is available here.

4. Thrift Store Butterfly Feeder

Recycle objects from the thrift store to add some interesting and practical hummingbird and butterfly feeders. Check out the interesting post here.

5. Easy Butterfly Feeder

Here is a decorative butterfly feeder DIY that you can easily complete with your kids in a few simple steps.

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6. Garden Butterfly Feeder

Another mason jar butterfly feeder idea, which you can create in no time! For this DIY, you will need a mason jar, twine, sponge, paint, and some hardware tools!

7. Butterfly Salt Lick

As butterflies are attracted towards salt, it’s a nice idea to create a salt lick for them. Follow the instructions available here to complete this project.

8. Floral Wire Feeder

Twist and turn a set of floral wires to design this simple butterfly feeder for your backyard. The details are here.

9. Bird & Butterfly Water Feeder

This DIY is available at Country living. Create a multipurpose water feeder that attracts birds, butterflies, and bees to your outdoor space!

10. Quick Butterfly Feeder

Get some colorful yellow, red, or orange sponges and arrange them in the saucer after dipping them in the liquid butterfly meal solution. Either hang it or place it in a strategic place to attract butterflies.

11. Terracotta Butterfly Feeder


Turn a terra cotta pot saucer into a functional feeder to attract butterflies to your surrounding. Be a bit careful, as this can attract wasps and ants as well. The DIY is here.

12. Pie Tin Feeder

Let your kids enjoy their weekend by creating this easy craft. Learn the steps here.

13. Spring Butterfly Feeder Jar

Use your DIY skills and creativity to replicate this jar feeder project! Grab a glass jar or jug and follow the instructions here.

14. Pretty Butterfly Feeder

Create several of these pretty butterfly feeders to decorate your garden while attracting the butterflies. See the tutorial post here.

15. DIY Butterfly Feeder

A budget feeder craft project for your kids, which they can complete in their free time! Click here to see the DIY post.

16. Sponge Feeder

Soak a set of brightly colored sponges in a suitable butterfly food recipe to replicate this very basic feeder DIY. Get the butterfly food recipe and the tutorial here.

17. DIY Bird or Butterfly Feeder

Unbind your creative skills to create this little butterfly feeder to attract your fluttering friends to the garden every day! Find the tutorial here.

18. Paper Plate Feeder

Learn how to employ a paper plate and string to make a feeder for butterflies on your own! The tutorial is here.

19.  Bottle Cap Feeder

Use an upcycled bottle cap and a flower printout to create this visually similar flower, which will work as a feeder for the butterflies! Watch the tutorial here.

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Quick DIY Butterfly Food Recipe

  • 1 part sugar
  • 4 parts lukewarm water
  • 1/8 teaspoon of powdered juice (such as orange or grape)
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

How to Make it

  1. Combine the sugar, water, and powdered juice in a bowl. Boil the mixture and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  2. Let the combination cool.
  3. Once cooled, add the honey to this.
  4. Pour it into a shallow dish or container.
  5. Place the dish in a sunny spot near flowers or plants where butterflies are likely to visit.
  6. Change the solution every 2 to 3 days to keep it fresh.

Note: Avoid using brown sugar or molasses, as they can mold quickly and harm the butterflies.

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