Build A Butterfly House In 5 Steps

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What You'll Need
Electric hand saw
Floral moss
Tree bark
Cedar planks
6 1/2-inch by 20-inch (Front)
6 1/2-inch by 20-inch (Back)
9-inch by 9-inch (Top)
6 1/2-inch by 8-inch (Bottom)

A garden can be spruced up by adding a great landscaping element such as a butterfly house. The following steps will show you how to build a "country cottage" style butterfly house in 5 steps.

The Frame of the Butterfly House

Don't worry if the cedar is not perfect, because imperfect is what you want for that country-style look.

Measure out the frame of the butterfly house using your ruler and pencil on the piece of cedar. If your lines aren't quite straight, it won't matter, because we want that imperfect look. The following measurements are what you need for the butterfly habitat (it's a good idea to write which piece is for what):

  • 6 1/2-inch by 20-inch (Front)
  • 6 1/2-inch by 20-inch (Back)
  • 9-inch by 9-inch (Top)
  • 6 1/2-inch by 8-inch (Bottom)

Creating Entrances for the Butterflies

The entrances for the butterflies should be placed on the front part of the butterfly habitat, and should also be done prior to assembling the butterfly house.

Create a 14-inch tall by 3-inch wide horizontal rectangle 2 inches from the edge of the front piece. Repeat this on the other side of the front piece. You will draw a third horizontal rectangle in the center of the front piece, but 4 inches higher than the other two.

Cut out the entrances.

Assembling the Butterfly House

Your new butterfly home will be done very quickly.

Arrange the pieces of bark on the back panel and then nail them in place. You want to cover the entire back of the wood except for a small 1/4-inch spot along the edge.

With the back piece flat on the work surface, place the bottom piece flush against it and then nail in place. Place a side panel on the side; even them up, then nail in place. Repeat with the remaining side. Nail the front of the house to the bottom and two sides. Use nails sparingly as the butterfly house won't be under rigorous attack.

Making the Butterfly House Inviting

Though the butterfly house may attract butterflies, there needs to be more to it to get them to stay.

Place a layer of moss on the bottom of the house, but only a thin layer. You do not want to cover the entrances. Throw in a few branches and leaves to complete the butterfly decor.

Nail the roof in place.


Choose an area where butterflies frequent, such as around your flower bed or a butterfly bush. If you have a tree branch that is low enough, you can hang the house from it.

Another option is to attach the butterfly house to a 6-foot long pole then put it in the ground.