How to make a pollinator palDesign by Wildflower • Photos by Wildflower
Adapted from Wildflower Magazine Spring 2007 VOL. 23, NO. 3.
Purchase a pack of red, brown, black, green and yellow 10-inch chenille from your local craft store. Use scissors to cut chenille to desired length.
So that your pollinator pal resembles a familiar pollinator, shape yours into a hummingbird, bee or butterfly.
Choose color combinations that best resemble your pollinator; yellow and black for bees or multiple colors for hummingbirds and butterflies.
Make a looped "handle" from brown or black chenille. Reserve the extra end of chenille to form the beak, antennae or tongue of your pollinator.
Twist or loop your colored chenille around the handle until you make the general shape of your pollinator.
Take your new pollinator pal out into the garden and compare the shape of the pollinator mouthpart to the flower to be pollinated. Have fun pollinating!