Backyard Buddies
Build a Butterfly Box

Photo: Jerry-Oldenettel

Build a Butterfly Box

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Encourage butterflies in your garden by including lots of nectar-giving flowering plants, muddy puddles for them to drink from, and somewhere to shelter.

This lovely Butterfly Box makes a graceful addition to any garden. Using a few tools and some untreated wood, it's easy to build with the help of an adult.

You will need


  1. Sand your wood
  2. Attach front and back to the top and base with screws or nails
  3. Attach sides with screws (so they can be removed)
  4. Mount on pole or attach wire to back and hang from fence - position it in a sunny spot near flowering plants or shrubs
  5. If desired, paint with non-toxic paint
  6. Place twigs and bark inside for butterflies to rest on
  7. Enjoy!

Tips to Attract Butterflies

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It’s easy. All you have to do is care... and take a few simple steps. Backyard Buddies are the native plants and animals that share our urban areas, waterways, backyards and parks.  Backyard Buddies are also the people who value native wildlife and want to protect it.

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