DIY Hummingbird Feeder

Lately I've been noticing a ton of hummingbirds around our backyard. I'll be sitting outside and suddenly hear a buzzing in my ear, only to turn around and find a sweet little birdie hovering by my head. I got an urge to create a hummingbird feeder over the weekend... to give them something to do while fluttering around the yard of course! Here is what I came up with...

You will need:
- A plastic container with a closeable lid
- A clean bottle (glass or plastic... just dig through your recycling bin!)
- Some chain. The small chain I used was an old necklace.
- Pliers
- Hot glue gun
- Scissors
- Optional hammer OR lighter
- A nail or something to make holes with

First you'll want to make sure your bottle can securely hang upside down. I created a chain contraption by putting a small piece around the neck of the bottle, a larger piece around the bottom of the bottle, and three equal length pieces attaching the two together.

Next, cut a hole in the center of your container lid. I actually just used a lighter and burned a hole because it was quicker. Use your hot glue gun to secure it in place if you need to. Make sure your bottle neck sticks through the container about an inch or so.

In the top of your lid, you'll want to make a bunch of holes so the little hummingbirds can get their long beaks through. They don't have to be too large, but don't make them so small that they will get stuck. mine were slightly larger than hole punch size. You can use a hammer and nail for this, or a drill, or you can do like I did and heat up a nail and simply let it slide through the plastic.

Attach a larger chain to the bottom of the bottle chain for hanging.

This step is totally optional, but I do recommend you put something red on your feeder. We're not going to use red dye in our feeder water because that is known to cause birth defects in future baby birds. I opted to make some plastic flowers and melted them around a few of the holes. I made these using an old red plastic coffee container, cut into little petal shapes. I then heated the bottom of each petal and let it melt to the plastic lid.

Ta da!  This is what it should look like. Now all you need to do is fill the bottle up with some hummingbird food, secure the bottom back on the container, and flip it over so the water from the bottle fills the container.

To make nectar water:
Boil 4 cups of water in a pot. Add 1 cup of sugar and let dissolve. Cool and pour into bottle. Please do not add red dye! Red dye can cause growth defects in little birdies.

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Do you have hummingbirds where you live?? I LOVE them they are adorable! This video will just make your heart skip beats too:

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  1. Oh this is awesome!!! I'm going to have to make this once we have a bottle that's empty! :) Thank you for sharing this.


  2. this is so cute!! your so lucky to have these amazing little birds flying around! and that video is just so cute!! :D

    Jen xxx

  3. Well aren't you super crafty! :) We have little hummingbirds that hang around my flower beds! I might have to try this!! And that video was way too adorable!

  4. This is such a cute idea!

    And really makes me want to escape the city.

  5. where do you get your inspiration from. So cute. Haha, Denmark doesn't have a lot of hummingbirds, sadly.


  6. Love this idea! We've been getting more hummingbirds as it gets closer to fall. They are also attracted to dark purple. I didn't know the red dye was bad for them though - thanks for letting us know!

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  7. This is sooo cute! The other day, a hummingbird flew into my boyfriend's car when we were parked and his window was open. I got such a fright that I shouted and it flew away. But it was such a spectacular sight, with all its brilliant colours!

  8. That video was so cute! I've never seen one in real life, and I'm not even sure if we have them down here.

  9. I didn't know that about the red dye; Good to know. This is such a cute hummingbird feeder!

  10. That is *brilliant*!! I love it! <3 Hummingbirds are so cute.

  11. That video was so cute, I just sat there with a huge dumb grin on my face the whole time! I would love to make this, but I live in a flat with no garden access, but will definitely keep this in mind!
    - Kirsty xo

  12. Great idea! I love it (and looks like the birds do too)


  13. Such a neat idea! Wish i had a place to do this.


  14. This is adorable! Wish I had hummingbirds now. The video made me :')



  15. Gorgeous! A great way to upcycle and a lovely result. I'm also happy to see you added red flowers instead of using red dye in the hummingbird water... that's an excellent tip for everyone to know! :)

    Great project!

  16. This is such a lovely DIY post :) xx

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  17. Great photo of the hummingbird using the feeder! O love the video too, literally the sweetest thing I've evr seen, it made my day x

  18. awww, hummingbird's! adore!
    and that feeder is perfect!
    xo TJ

  19. That video is the cutest thing in the world!

  20. Wow this is so beautiful! I would never leave my patio if this was my view...I love hummingbirds!

  21. I'm usually so proud of the wildlife in my garden. A few weeks ago we had a nest of hedgehogs in our back garden, there was a mother and 3 babies, all of which grew up completely before leaving; a few weeks before that there was a fox den in our back garden in a thick cluster of bushes, again one mother and two babies, all of which grew up properly before leaving; there are -always- birds nesting - black birds, robins, blue tits; and we've been getting almost daily visits from squirrels ever since one of them discovered the peanut feeder.

    But humming birds are my favourite birds, so now I'm completely jealous, and our garden is not longer as magical as it could be :(

  22. Oh wow, I wish it was so easy for me just like it looks on your pictures. Such things don't like me :(

  23. I haven't seen any hummingbirds around where I live but while at my mom's yesterday, I saw a couple ! My grandma used to have 2 or 3 hummingbird feeders around - she absolutely loved them.


  24. What an amazing idea! just found your blog! newest follower, feel free to follow back!

  25. oh waaw! I never saw a hummingbird before :(
    They are beautiful!

  26. wow the photos with the hummingbirds are stunning!

    I am huge bird fan so this is great!

    Your so lucky to get such beautiful little birds in your backyard.

  27. Love the DIY, love the hummingbird pics, and love the video! I have so many hummingbirds in my backyard and I just love this post so much! Haha :)

  28. How cute is that baby hummingbird! I love it!! Thanks for sharing.

  29. hummingbirds are such pretty birds! you've done a great job with the feeder!

  30. That is amazing! I have now had a hummingbird education. I had no idea they were drawn to red. I wish we had them where we live, they are beautiful.


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