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Bring the butterflies to your garden

Posted by: Jenny Middleton
Posted on: 04 May 2017
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Conservation, Native Species

Who wouldn’t want beautiful butterflies filling their garden with colour! Well this crafty project is great for getting the kids involved in nature, while making some pretty flowers for your garden. With simple ingredients, you may already have in the house, this is a great activity to try. Check out our how to video below and get involved!

 

Just 4 simple ingredients:

  • Flower paper cut out
  • Coloured pencils
  • Coloured pens
  • Bottle top
  • Cotton wool
  • Sugared water
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • Lolly stick

[music: bensound.com]

 

Step one:

We used a ready-made cut out flower, but all you’d need to make your own is a piece of paper and a pair of scissors. Then, draw your flower and cut it out!

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Step two:

Now the fun part – decorating! Using coloured pens and pencils, decorate your flower however you like and use as many bright colours as you want.

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Step three:

Use double sided sticky tape on the top of a bottle cap and stick the cap onto the middle of your decorated flower, so the inside of the cap is facing out!

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 Step four:

Take your lolly stick and add some sticky tape to the top, before sticking this to the back of your flower. This is your flower’s stem! You’ll need to make sure the bottom end of the stick comes out far enough to be able to push it into the ground.

If you want an extra special flower stem, use your colouring pens and pencils to decorate this too!

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Step five:

Lastly, and most importantly, you need to add the part that draws in the butterflies. SO take a ball of cotton wool and dip in into your sugared water then press this into your bottle cap. The sugar will attract the butterflies, as well as your beautifully decorated designs of course!

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Step six:

Now all you need to do is find a great place in the garden and stick your flower into the ground. We’ve chosen a place surrounded by other flowers to attract even more bugs and butterflies.

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If your little ones love getting stuck in with nature, whether it’s butterflies, bugs or plants, we’ve got just the event for you. Bioblitz 2017 is back this year on Sunday 28th May. This is a day filled with fun and activities for the whole family and a chance to discover the native species you can find in your very own garden. Find out more here and join our Facebook event.

Jenny Middleton

Article by: Jenny Middleton

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