Easy Homemade Butterfly Feeder & Butterfly Food Recipe

Let’s make a homemade butterfly feeder and fill it with an easy butterfly food recipe!

Now that it’s Spring all sorts of beautiful creatures are making their debut after a long winter including beautiful butterflies.

Our yard doesn’t have many butterflies right now and I am going to change that with this butterfly food recipe & homemade butterfly feeder.

easy homemade butterfly feeder with butterfly food recipe - sponges soaked in butterfly food hanging from tree limbs
Let’s feed butterflies!

This is a great way to attract more butterflies to your yard in an inexpensive and homemade way!

How to Make a Butterfly Feeder 

The simple butterfly feeder is made with just two supplies — sponges and twine or string.  You will also need a pair of scissors.

  1. Take each sponge and cut a hole in one end toward the top in the middle using the sharp end of the scissors to poke through the sponge.
  2. Tie twine or string through the hole and secure.
  3. Leave a long end of the sting/twine so you can use it to hang from a tree.

Now let’s make the butterfly food recipe (a printable version is below)…

How to Make Butterfly Food

Set aside your newly created butterfly feeder hanging sponges and let’s gather the ingredients you will need for the butterfly food recipe:

  • 1 pound Sugar (about 3 3/4 cups)
  • 1 or 2 cans stale beer
  • 3 mashed, overripe bananas
  • 1 cup of molasses or syrup
  • 1 cup of fruit juice
  • 1 shot of rum

Grab a wooden spoon and a large mixing bowl so we can put all of this together for the butterflies!

Steps to Making Butterfly Food Recipe

    1. Mash the bananas using a fork.
    2. In the large bowl, mix all the ingredients well. If you find that your bananas are lumpy,  continue to stir with a large spoon until smooth.
Easy Steps to Making Homemade Butterfly Feeder - shown are 9 stages of the complete DIY process
Before you know it, you will be feeding butterflies!

Add Butterfly Food to Butterfly Feeder

–>I recommend doing this step outside so the butterfly food mixture doesn’t drip in your home!

Dip the sponges into the mixture and allow the sponges to soak up the mixture. I did one side of the sponge then flipped it over so it was entirely coated. 

Then hang the sponges from a tree limb.

You can also paint the mixture on trees, fence posts, rocks, or stumps.

Easy Homemade Butterfly Feeders hanging from twine in the trees - two sponges one pink and one green
Calling all butterflies!
Yield: 1000 servings (I think!)

Butterfly Food Recipe

Butterfly food recipe - homemade from Kids Activities Blog

This easy homemade butterfly food recipe can be made at home with ingredients you likely already have and then hung to attract and feed butterflies. Kids will love this project and so will adults!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost under $10


  • 1 pound Sugar
  • 1-2 cans stale beer
  • 3 mashed, overripe bananas
  • 1 cup molasses, honey or syrup
  • 1 cup fruit juice
  • 1 shot rum
  • Sponges
  • Twine or string


  • Scissors
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Wooden Spoon


  1. Mash the overripe bananas with a fork.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in the large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir until the mixture is as smooth as possible.
  4. At the end of each of the sponges poke a hole with the end of the scissors.
  5. Thread the twine or string through the hole in the sponge and tie a knot leaving enough string or twine length to use for hanging.
  6. Dip the sponges into the mixture allowing them to soak up the liquid either dunking it or rotating to all sponge sides. This step is best done outside to decrease your kitchen mess!
  7. Hang the sponges from a tree limb, fence or post.
  8. You can paint the extra butterfly food mixture onto trees, fences, rocks and stumps.

More Feeders to Make for Your Backyard

More Butterfly Fun from Kids Activities Blog

Tell us about whether your new homemade butterfly feeder attracted butterflies!