Butterfly House

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Project by Daris posted 06-29-2012 07:33 PM 3416 views 6 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Butterfly House CompletedMy wife has been wanting a butterfly house for a while now.  In fact she has had it on my list of things to make since last winter.  What a nice and easy little project this turned out to be.  I completed it over a weekend and she was definitely pleased with it.  I think my jigsaw skills still need some work.  I probably should have used a straight edge for some of this, but I can be a little hardheaded when it comes to attempting to do stuff freehand.

The plan I followed for this came from a book that I picked up, Easy to Build Birdhouses- A natural approach.  I reviewed this book in a previous post.  If your interested in more info on this project with additional links to the products I used you can check out my other post at:


For lumber, I purchased everything I needed at Lowe’s.  Not a lot to this.  All of this is 1/2” pine, but you could use anything you want provided you protect it for out-door weather.  This one will be painted from top to bottom so it should be okay.  I only used (1) – 1/2″ x 4′ x 8′ Pine

  Milling & Assembly

Butterfly House Rough CutsDoing the rough cuts for this, I was able to use my tablesaw for all of the pieces.  No tricky cuts on this one
Attaching Bark to Butterfly House SidesAfter I cut the sides of the house down, the author recommends that you attach a branch inside for the butterflies to grab onto.  Apparently they like that.  I used a small branch that I got from a tree in my backyard, and just attached it with a brad.
Cutting Entrance for Butterfly House Front Completed Front of Butterfly House To make the entrance of the butterfly house, I first drilled two holes on both sides of each slot and then connected them by using my jigsaw to connect them.  The boards are only 1/2” thick so I guess I could have used a scroll saw too.  I’m not over thrilled with my freehand jigsaw skills.  I should have probably used a guide.  I’ll definitely do that next time.
Attaching Sides to Butterfly House I started assembly by attaching the sides to the back of the house.  I used exterior wood glue and nails to hold them in place.
Attaching Front to Butterfly HouseNext I attached the front of the house using exterior glue, and brad nails.

When it came to finishing this one up.  My wife is going to paint the entire thing with exterior paint.  You could finish it up with exterior stain, but I think butterflies like colorful things…!

-- Daris, Indianapolis,

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T. D. Reid

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#1 posted 06-30-2012 12:13 AM

I love these things! I would like to hear back from you if the butterfllies really use it. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#2 posted 06-30-2012 01:44 PM

With a smile, I disagree about the jigsaw cuts. The wavy cut outs are just the thing for an insect that’s rather wavy too. They don’t know from perfect except “This looks like a perfect place to live, dear!”
Thanks for the inspiration, think I’ll try one myself. It looks like a great kids project.
Thanks for the tip on the book too.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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