|Project by Ph1pps||posted 07-23-2014 12:06 PM||1205 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
I made this butterfly enclosure in a rush, my son’s daycare provider got a bunch of caterpillars from her trip to the Agricultural Museum (yes, I live in a city and there is a museum for this, ironically I grew up on and around farms and found this amusing at first) and only had a couple days to finish it. I steam bent a couple pieces of white oak that was old flooring found on a garbage day dog walk. I cut it into 1/8” prices and steam bent them into four hoops, I used scarf joints to make two hoops attaching netting to them and then glued the netting on (after sewing the edges together). I then glued and screwed the next two hoops to over the existing ones to conceal and secure the netting. I just attached brackets and used flexible strips to hold it upright so that it can be collapsed for storage. I ended up using small wedges at the bottom to make it all a little more sturdy. Worked in the end, the kids got to admire the Painted Lady butterflies for about a week before releasing them.
If you have a steam box, this is an easy simple project and fun for kids to observe any insect they catch. There is definitely room for improvement since I only had a few days to do it I didn’t really plan ahead well (or at all).