Enjoying the butterflies that visit my garden is probably my favorite summer activity. While I provide plenty of nectar flowers, one thing that also attracts butterflies is overripe and rotting fruit. Making your own butterfly fruit feeder can add an interesting item to your garden that will draw those butterflies in. A fruit feeder is easy to make and can be a fun project for yourself or the kids to do.
Supplies to Make Butterfly Fruit Feeder
The fruit feeder can be any size that you wish. You will need a clay flower pot and a clay saucer. You will also need acrylic craft paint, appropriate paint brushes, clear spray paint and a hot glue gun. Optional items would be rubber stamps or stencils for decorating.
How to Make the Butterfly Fruit Feeder
Start by painting a base coat on the outside of the flower pot and the saucer. The flower pot will be turned upside down to be the base of the butterfly feeder and the saucer will become the tray. The completed feeder will look like a bit like a small bird bath.
The inside of the saucer will need to be painted and you will have to give the pot and the saucer more than one coat to cover thoroughly. After the base color has dried completely, then you can decorate the base pot. I chose to freehand paint some butterflies and a dragonfly on mine. I included some spiky flowers that could be interpreted as lavender or salvia (I never said I did a great job on the freehand painting).
For the saucer tray, I decided to paint a stripe of purple paint around the outer rim. I could have painted a butterfly or some type of design on the inner tray but I decided the stripe was enough.
After all of the paint dries, fire up the hot glue gun. Turn the pot upside down so the bottom is up. Glue the saucer tray – lip side up – to the pot.
Next you will need to spray the whole thing with clear spray paint. This will act as a sealer to protect the paint in the weather. You may need to spray a couple of coats with the spray paint. Allow it to dry between coats.
Use the Butterfly Fruit Feeder
After the paint has dried, find a nice spot in your yard or garden to place the feeder. I put mine at the edge of my butterfly garden. I can sit in my swing and watch the butterflies that come to feed on the fruit I place in the feeder tray. This is a great means for disposing of overripe fruit and we put used apple cores, old oranges and mushy blueberries in the feeder tray. While ants will also be attracted to the feeder, butterflies will be drawn to the fruit, giving you an opportunity to observe them.