How to make a butterfly habitat at home

Updated February 21, 2017

Butterflies are fascinating insects that people appreciate for their beauty. While butterflies naturally gravitate to particular areas because of local flora, you can create an environment that is conducive to butterfly activity. Making a butterfly habitat is a fun project for kids and grownups to do together. Learn more about these creatures by preparing breeding grounds, providing safety and sustenance. Invite butterfly reproduction by having the right plants available for this important activity. You want a butterfly home that not only draws butterflies but also keeps them coming back.

Choose an indoor habitat that is bright and sunny. A screened-in porch or spot near a large window are good choices.

Select nectar plants to provide food for your butterflies. Research local growers and nurseries to find suitable plants in your area.

Place the 2-foot board in the area you have selected.

Screw a hook into the ceiling. Attach the fishing line to the centre of the tulle with a needle. Hang the tulle in the shape of a pyramid over the board by hanging the fishing line from the hook.

Arrange the small branches and fresh leaves on the wooden base.

Fill the plastic dish with water and place it on the wooden base.

Place two mounds of dirt on the board about 4 inches wide and deep. Sprinkle the mounds with water to make them muddy.

Add the butterflies or the butterfly larvae to the habitat.

Arrange nectar plants in your yard that will attract butterflies.

Arrange plants that provide shelter and privacy for butterfly houses in the garden.

Deter birds by setting out whirligigs in the gardens.

Place a small dish of wet sand on the ground for the butterflies to play in.

Add a butterfly feeder to your butterfly habitat. Place a silk flower around the feeder tube of the feeder.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-by-2-foot wooden tray
  • Hook
  • Fishing line
  • White tulle netting, about 10 feet in length
  • Butterfly larvae
  • Local flowers
  • Small branches
  • Leaves
  • Dirt
  • Water
  • Small plastic saucer
  • Nectar plants
  • Housing plants
  • Whirligigs
  • Dish of sand
  • Butterfly feeder
  • Silk flower
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