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Make a butterfly crop protector

Use recycled materials to make a colourful crop protector to keep birds from eating your vegetable seedlings

You could make a fantastic insect crop protector to keep the birds away from your plants!

What you'll need

  • A range of waterproof materials – e.g. empty plastic drinks bottles, bubble wrap, empty yoghurt pots (Make sure your have cleaned the containers before using.)
  • Thick pipe cleaners or garden wire
  • PVA glue
  • Sticky tape
  • String
  • Cane or stick
  • Red string or piece of plastic

What to do

  1. To make the wings, bend a large pipe cleaner or piece of wire in to a loop and twist the ends together. Cover the wings with a piece of bubble wrap, fabric or other waterproof material, and use sticky tape or glue to fix it on to the wing shape. You will need to make four wings; think about patterns and colours if you decorate them.

  2. Take the clean drinks bottle and, using pipe cleaners or wire, attach the wings around the bottle.

  3. Fix two further pieces of wire or pipe cleaners to the top of the bottle to be the antennae and stick the red piece of plastic in the bottle opening to represent the proboscis (the long 'nose' on the front of an insect).

  4. Attach your butterfly by string or wire to the cane and choose somewhere to place it in your vegetable plot.