There is still some of the Summer holidays left, so why not have a go at making this attractive Decoupage Paper Plate Butterfly Feeder. It’s a great excuse to get crafty, and makes an attractive garden decoration as well as helping out these beautiful winged insects.
As part of our role as a Bostik Blogger each month we are sent a box of crafty goodies to inspire us on our next project. July’s box had the theme of ‘Garden’.
I’ve been meaning to make a Butterfly Feeder with the kids for ages, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. The lovely bright colours of the supplies are ideal to encourage the insects to the feeder.
We have done lots of paper plate crafts in the past, and knowing how versatile Bostik White Glu is (from sticking to paper mache!), I thought we would try our hands at some decoupage on a paper plate.
So if you would like to try and make your own Decoupage Paper Plate Butterfly Feeder then tead on, or Pin It for later!
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What You Will Need
- Flower napkins, pictures etc
- Paper Plate
- Bostik White Glu
- Hole punch
- Garden twine
How to Make Your Decoupage Paper Plate Butterfly Feeder
- First you need to cut out some pretty and bright pictures of leaves and flowers. I used cut outs from colourful napkins, and some fabric leaves. You could also use paper cut outs for instance from wrapping paper, or old gardening magazines.
- Next you need to apply the Bostik White Glu to the paper plate. I found it easier for the kids to paint the glue on, so dispensed some in a little cup and let them apply it to the whole surface of the plate using an old paintbrush.
- Next stick all your flower and leaf cutouts onto the plate. You may need to apply a little more glue where they overlap.
- When dry, apply another layer of glue over the whole surface. If you have used napkin or tissue paper, be careful not to rip it. The layer of glue needs to be quite thick, and you need to let it dry overnight. I also applied a layer of glue to the underside of our plate to make it more weather resistant.
- Once the glue is completely dry, punch 4 holes into the rim and tie lengths of garden twine to each one. Gather the 4 pieces of twine so the plate lays flat and knot them, and use the excess to create a loop so that you can hang it.
- That’s it, all that’s left to do is find a spot in the garden to hang it, and get some food on there for the butterflies to enjoy!
We used some melon, banana and plum to try and attract some butterflies. I read that if you freeze bananas first then allow to thaw then they are particularly appetising to butterflies- here’s hoping!
So what do you think of our Decoupage Paper Plate Butterfly Feeder? Have you had a go at making one? Did you get many visitors? (I’m still trying to get a photo of a butterfly on ours!)
For more ideas for Garden Crafts for Kids, take a look at our Pinterest board.
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