How to Make a DIY Hummingbird Feeder from Recycled Materials
Hummingbirds have to be one of the most elusive and beautiful garden guests you can see. They flitter around from flower to flower with such grace and speed, they’re rare to spot on a regular basis. Since hummingbirds move so incredibly quickly, they need a lot of sugar in their blood to sustain their high metabolisms.
This insatiable thirst is what lures these feathered wonders into gardens and backyards throughout the country. There are plenty of flowering plants you could buy to help ensure these little guys will have a meal, but did you know you could also utilize your own hummingbird feeder?
Instead of buying a hummingbird feeder from the store, you could just as easily create your own feeder using simple products. Not only will this little project save you some money (since most of these materials could be found around your house) you will also be creating a sustainable way to help out hummingbirds and draw them to your garden!
1. A plastic bottle
The size of the plastic bottle is really up to you, but the bigger the bottle, the more hummingbird nectar you can make. Anything from a Gatorade bottle to a V8 Bottle will do the trick! Pick a funkier shaped bottle for a more interesting feeder, if you like! Just make sure your container has a screw top.
3. Spray paint
This one is optional, but using red spray paint to decorate can help attract hummingbirds to the feeder. Even if you don’t want to use more red in the project, you can use any types of colors you want. Add some texture or decoration to it by using masking tape to create line designs in the paint. Get as creative as you want! You can also add red embellishments like red jewels or crafters felt.
When using any sharp tool, always use caution and always supervise young children while using scissors. Crafting scissors should do the trick for this project, but you can use sharper scissors based on preference.
7. Screwdriver or drill
Use what you have on hand – either a standard screwdriver or a drill will do the trick for this project. You’ll need this to create the hole in the side of the bottle.
8. Thin Wire and string for hanging
These you should have on hand somewhere in your house, but if not, these materials are easily found in any hobby store or retail/grocery store.
9. Plastic Straw
This will be used to create the feeding tube for your feathered friends. It doesn’t matter the size because you can cut it down. Just make sure it’s at least a few inches long.
Alright! Now that all your materials are gathered, it’s time for crafting! This is a great project to do with kids, whether in a group or individually. This would also make a fun project to do for a kid’s birthday party or even a troop activity during a meeting. Once you see all the beautiful little hummingbirds fluttering around, you’ll be even prouder of your creation!
Take your straw and insert through the hole on an angle pointing down towards the bottom of the bottle. Make sure it almost touches the bottom. Then, using your hot glue gun, put a small bead of glue around the outside edge so the straw stays in place. Cut the part extending outside so just an inch is left sticking out.
How to Make Your Own Hummingbird Feeder Liquid Solution
You will need:
1 cup of water
¼ cup of white sugar
red food colorant (if you wish. It’s only to attract them)
On medium heat, mix water and sugar together in a pan on the stove until it appears to be dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Add 4-5 drops of red food coloring and add to the feeder. Make more or less depending on the size of the feeder, and make sure to keep the feeder in the range of sight so you can see if you need to refill it.
As you can see, it’s super easy making your very own hummingbird feeder! As stated before, you can get as creative as you’d like with this project and watching all the birds flock to your feeder will absolutely be mesmerizing in itself. And check out our tutorial on how to make a simple birdfeeder for your other feathered friends!
The most important part of the project is making sure the hummingbird feeder solution is dispensing from the caps, so make sure liquid is coming out by tipping over to test it before hanging or by sticking your finger in between the flowers.
Once the feeder is hung in your yard, don’t expect a flock of hummingbirds all at once! It may take a few weeks before you notice hummingbirds coming along, or it could be a few days. Either way, it will be totally worth it once these little guys start trying the new drink spot in town.