I have been putting the flower section of the garden together and I fell in love with diy butterfly houses. I think they add a whimsical note to a garden. That said, I wasn't thrilled with spending a lot because, well…. butterflies don't really use houses! A few houses are built so you can put a butterfly attractant inside (over ripe fruit), but that attracts bees and wasps faster than butterflies. Butterflies do hide from high winds and rain, but they tend to hide in between rocks.
With that in mind I decided to let my son make a DIY butterfly house out of craft sticks. Supplies were $1 (one package of craft sticks found at the dollar store). We made it so it is protected on the top and sides, but the front, bottom, and back have openings to the outdoors. This will make it more open so a butterfly is more likely to use it.
DIY Butterfly House Supplies:
- One package of craft sticks. I used the small size ones, but the jumbos will work too.
- Markers or Paint (if you wish to color it)
DIY Butterfly House Directions
- Make the bottom by lining the craft sticks up and stabilizing them with three sticks going the other way (one on each end and one in the middle).
- Create a box by alternating craft sticks. two on opposite sides on the first row, two on the other sides for the second row, then back to the first positions. This will leave a gap in between each stick.
- Somewhere in the middle create a “door” by gluing 5-6 sticks on top of each other before continuing on the alternating pattern. I created 2 doors, you can make as many or as few as you want.
- Once the box is as high as you want glue the craft sticks along the entire edge to create a second (solid) wall.
- Turn the box so the butterfly doors are vertical.
- Create another wall by lining the craft sticks up and stabilizing them with three sticks going the other way (one on each end and one in the middle). Glue this to the top to provide a rain barrier “roof”
- You are finished! You can stain, paint, or color it with markers if you want.