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Build A Butterfly House in Just 5 Steps!, Kenosha, Racine

Odd Job Larry brings you:

How to Build Your Own Butterfly House

For this Project, You Will Need:

• Electric or manual hand saw
• Nails
• Hammer
• Butterfly house habitat (tree bark, floral moss, branches, and leaves)
• Pine lumber
• Ruler
• Pencil

A butterfly house can help to spruce up your garden by adding a landscaping element. With fall upon us, the butterflies are preparing to go dormant for the winter. However, these make great Christmas gifts as well, so we wanted to share it with you. There are many great variations on butterfly house plans, but the great thing about them is that all of the variations are easy to build and can make a great craft project for a free afternoon. Who knows... You could make hundreds in your garage over the winter and be running your own butterfly house business before long! This particular butterfly house can be made with scraps lying around your house as it has a natural appearance when it's finished.


Step 1 - Cutting the Frame

The first thing you want to do is measure your lumber. Use your ruler and pencil to measure and mark off the following sizes:

• Back: 4-1/2 in. by 18 in.

• Front: 4-1/2 in. by 18 in.

• Top: 7 in. by 7 in.

• Bottom: 4-1/2 in. by 6 in.

Once you have your pieces measured, it's a good idea to make a notation in the center of each one so you know which piece is the top, bottom, or side.

Step 2 - Adding Butterfly Entrances

Making the frame is just the beginning of this project. Now, you need to create the openings that the butterflies will enter. Use your ruler and pencil to measure out three (3) 12 in. by 1 in. wide slits, making the center slit an inch or two higher than the others. Once you're finished marking, cut them out!