How to Build Your Own Butterfly House
For this Project, You Will Need:
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!
Step 3 – Making a Butterfly House a Home
Lay your back panel down and arrange the tree bark pieces any way you want, but cover the entire back panel aside from a 1/4 in. space along each edge. Next, nail the tree bark in place with your hammer so they are secured to the pine back. Now, nail the front and back pieces to the bottom of the butterfly house, using one nail per 1/2 in. Then attach the side panels to the bottom of the construction and to the front and back panels you nailed together.
Step 4 – Finishing Touches
Your butterfly house is nearly completed! Just a few more finishing touches to the inside of the butterfly house. Put a thin layer of moss at the bottom of the house, taking care to leave your slits and some of the bark uncovered. Add one or two branches with leaves to finish your decorating. Finally, nail the angled roof in place!
Step 5 – Hanging
Hanging your butterfly house is easy. The best place to put it is near a butterfly bush or another area they frequent. You can hang the butterfly house from a tree limb, but the best course of action is to affix it to a pole or tall, wooden stake close to the butterfly bush. We know you have at least one family member that would love to receive one of these over the holiday season.
Happy building, from Odd Job Larry!