There is nothing quite like a garden filled with butterflies. Attract winged beauties to your garden this spring with this sand-and-water puddler (aka: feeder), designed to hold on to natural minerals after the water evaporates. Great project for kids!
Jennifer’s Mosaics™ Butterfly Feeder Kit – Kit includes
Jennifer’s Mosaics™ Assorted Mirror
Blue Mosaic Colorant™ or Tempera
Jennifers Mosaics™ Wheeled Glass Nippers (Hobby Lobby)
Petroleum Jelly or Cooking Spray, Paper Towels, Marker, Paper Water and Newspaper
1. Cover a work surface with newspaper or a drop cloth.
2. Using a paper towel, apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly or cooking spray along the inner edges and bottom of the large round portion of the puddler/feeder mold. Next apply a thin coat to the backside of the mold’s well-maker.
3. On a piece of paper, create a template by tracing around the perimeter of the mold with a marker. Position the well-maker in the center circle and trace around the perimeter. This template will help you position the tile for easy placement in the stone.
4. Using a wheeled glass nipper, nip a ½” x ½” mirror in half. Nip each half into thirds. If working with children, the adult can nip while the child places the tile on the template. Place tile on the template around the smaller circle leaving 1/8” between each piece.
5. Position the tumbled glass and butterflies that come with the kit as you would a jigsaw puzzle inside the border of the pattern.
6. Add 2 teaspoons of blue Colorant or Tempera to 6 ounces of water and dissolve. Add liquid to dry cement and reseal the mixing pouch. Squeeze the bag to mix the cement. If cement appears dry, open bag and add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time until mixture becomes smooth and pourable.
7. Squeeze the cement slowly and evenly into the mold. Shake and tap the mold to assist in settling of the cement and removing air bubbles. Throw empty cement bag in trash.
8. Insert the plastic well-maker into the center of the cement and press down firmly until the lip of the well-maker rests level with the surface of the cement.
9. Lift each piece of glass from the template and place them into the cement starting with the mirror.
10. Leave about 1/8” between each piece. Finish by pressing the glass butterflies and tile around the perimeter using the template as a guide for positioning the mosaic. Do not press too hard or the cement will cover the glass. Should you smudge the cement while placing the glass, no worries. Once all the glass has been placed in the cement, lightly tap the side of the mold to vibrate any smudges.
11. Allow the cement to set up for two hours, then carefully remove the well-maker and allow puddler/feeder to completely harden for 5-6 hours (time may vary due to climate). The cement will warm as it hardens. Once the cement has cooled and is set, remove the puddler/feeder from the mold.
12. To remove, turn the mold over and lift up the edges.
13. Clean off any excess cement covering the glass. You may clean the cement with a paper towel, sponge or craft knife.
14. If your project gets any unwanted marks from the rim of the well-maker, you may smooth out ridges using sandpaper or the edge of a penny. Allow stone to cure for 24-48 hours before placing outdoors.
15. Place the butterfly feeder in a sunny, protected place in your garden.
16. Fill the well with the sand included in kit, then sprinkle with salt and cover with water. Butterflies crave the minerals and salts left behind as the water evaporates.
17. Refill with water when needed.
18. You can also place overripe fruit on the rim of the Butterfly Puddler/Feeder.