How to Make a Recycled Butterfly Feeder

DIY Up-cycled Butterfly Feeder

Butterflies are so beautiful…watching them fly makes me really happy! This beautiful feeder made from recycled household objects will bring butterfly visitors to your garden all summer long. Aside from their obvious loveliness they are amazing pollinators, so let’s help the ecosystem by encouraging them to stick around with this easy feeder! This is a double-whammy when it comes to eco-friendly projects.

DIY Up-cycled Butterfly Feeder

Butterflies love eating the rotten fruit we get rid of, but if you don’t have any overripe bananas you can freeze one, and when you defrost it you get a mushy fruit perfect for your feeder. The smell of overripe fruit along with red, yellow, and orange colors will attract butterflies.

Hang from a shady tree or place your feeder a little higher than your highest flowers, in a spot where you can easily view new visitors. Lets start!

What You Need

Butterfly Feeder

DIY Up-cycled Butterfly Feeder
  • Printable templates (download here)
  • Toilet or paper towel rolls
  • Plastic straw
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Plastic bottle caps (you better use in yellow, red, or orange)
  • Yarn or cord
  • Glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Marker
  • Scissors


DIY Up-cycled Butterfly Feeder
  • Crafting felt
  • Color paper
  • Pompoms or sponge

Butterfly Nectar

  • Rotten/overripe banana
  • Beer (optional)
  • 4 parts Water
  • 1 part Sugar/blackstrap molasses


Step 1

DIY Up-cycled Butterfly Feeder

Wrap toilet paper roll with a lovely piece of yellow or red gift paper and glue it on. Using scissors, pierce two facing holes onto the paper roll and slide a plastic straw through the holes. Use hot glue to fix the straw.

Step 2 

DIY Up-cycled Butterfly Feeder

DIY Up-cycled Butterfly Feeder
Download and print pattern, cut out petal and leaf shapes. Cut long pieces of color 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 center 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.

Step 3

DIY Up-cycled Butterfly Feeder

DIY Up-cycled Butterfly Feeder
Glue bottle caps all around the bottom of the paper roll. I used 5 caps. Turn it upside down then fix them adding more hot glue.

Step 4

DIY Up-cycled Butterfly Feeder
Make 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.

Step 5

DIY Up-cycled Butterfly Feeder
Tie a piece of red yarn to the center 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.

Step 6

DIY Up-cycled Butterfly Feeder
Now let’s prepare some yummy 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. You can try adding some beer to the solution to make it more effective. Let cool.

Step 7

DIY Up-cycled Butterfly Feeder

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 :) Serve the sugar solution over the fruit and pompoms to get them saturated.

Step 8

DIY Up-cycled Butterfly Feeder

Hang feeder among flowers about 4 or 6 inches high on a limb, from a shady tree or place it on a flat surface. Always keep your feeder watered and replace banana once a week, if it dries out or becomes moldy, to keep butterflies coming back.

DIY Up-cycled Butterfly Feeder

Hope you enjoy crafting and saving the environment while watching butterflies fly!