Hummingbirds can be fascinating birds to watch, but you have to have something in your yard to attract them. Although certain plants can bring hummingbirds around to feed, you can also use a hummingbird feeder. Feeders can be purchased at your local garden supply store, but they can be expensive. If you prefer, you can make your own. By using recycled materials found around your home, you can easily make a hummingbird feeder that will attract the birds and cost little to no money.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Sports drink bottle
- Mayonnaise jar lid
- Electric drill
- Hot glue gun
- Eye screw
- Spray paint
- Red silk flowers
- Hummingbird food
Remove the label from an individual-serving sports drink bottle. Remove the lid and thoroughly clean the inside of the bottle with soap and water.
Use sandpaper to scuff the outside of the bottle. This will make painting easier later on. Set the bottle aside.
Remove and clean the lid from a small mayonnaise jar using soap and water. Make sure the lid you choose is plastic. If you do not have a mayonnaise jar around, you can use any plastic lid that is slightly larger and deeper than your sports drink bottle lid.
Use an electric drill to a create a circle of 9 holes in the centre of your bottle's lid. Use your drill or a pair of pliers to carefully turn the little holes into one large hole.
Fill the mayonnaise lid with about a half-inch of water. Float the sports drink bottle lid on the water. You want it to be almost parallel with the lip of the larger lid. Adjust the water level as needed. This will act as a spacer to keep the smaller lid off the bottom of the larger lid. If you are having trouble getting your lid to float, you can press a paper napkin through the hole and use that as a spacer instead of the water.
Use a hot glue gun to attach the two lids together. The easiest way to do this is to build up four mounds of glue around the smaller lid that reach to the sides of the larger lid. Do not fully enclose the sides or your hummingbirds will not be able to drink. Allow the glue to dry and discard the water.
Make sure your sports drink bottle lid is still above the bottom of your mayonnaise jar lid. If not, remove the glue and repeat steps 5 and 6. Also ensure the glue is still snugly attaching the two lids to one another. Add additional glue as necessary.
Use a drill to make a small hole in the centre bottom of your sports drink bottle. Insert an eye screw through this hole. Make sure the seal is tight. If not, add some hot glue around it to seal it up.
Paint the entire bottle a solid colour using spray paint. The colour choice is up to you, and feel free to add stripes or other details to the bottle.
Use your hot glue gun to attach silk or fabric flowers around the mayonnaise jar lid on the feeder. Use red flowers since it is the preferred colour for hummingbirds. Make sure the flowers do not dip inside the lid, otherwise when you add liquid the dye in the flowers could bleed into the water.
Fill your bottle with hummingbird food, which can be purchased at your local garden supply store. Replace the lid and turn the bottle upside down.
Attach a string or wire through the eye hook and hang your feeder from a tree.
Tips and warnings
- Add more hummingbird food to your feeder at least every two to three days to prevent it from becoming sour or more often if needed. Also, wash the inside of your bottle once a week using soap and water to keep it sanitary.
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