Butterflies are more than pretty insects; they perform an important ecological role by pollinating a host of plants -- in fact, only bees are more productive pollinators. There's also a peacefulness that comes with watching a beautiful butterfly flit through the garden. There are a variety of plants to attract butterflies, but if your thumb is more brown than green, or you don't feel like maintaining a garden, you can make your own butterfly nectar at home.
Bring water and sugar to boil in a sauce pan, stirring to dissolve the sugar thoroughly.
Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
Line the pan with several layers of paper towels topped with the colorful sponges -- butterflies are attracted to bright colors such as red, yellow and orange.
Pour the cooled sugar water into the pan to saturate the paper towels and sponges.
Position your feeder in your garden, in a spot about 6 inches above the tallest flowers in a warm, sunny spot.
Store leftover nectar in the refrigerator for up to a week.