How to Make your Own Hummingbird Feeder

If you’re wondering how you can make a hummingbird feeder without spending a lot of cash, you came to the right place. If it’s your first time to do a DIY project, there’s no need to worry since this is a very easy and quick tutorial. In fact, it would only require a few materials which may already be readily available in your home. An empty water bottle can be easily transformed into an attractive and useful hummingbird feeder. This will be a great gift for avid gardeners and bird enthusiasts alike. It’s super easy to make and hummingbirds will surely stop by your garden in no time. Let’s take a look at how to make your own hummingbird feeder with these simple steps.

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MATERIALS

The materials you will need are 1 empty plastic bottle with the screw top on, 1 bigger plastic cap like an aerosol can or cooking spray, glue gun, sandpaper which has eighty grit or more, small eye hook, scissors, a spray paint of your choice, red craft felt, craft knife, drill or screwdriver and a string.

INSTRUCTIONS

The first step is to cut the center of the screw cap which can either be done using a drill, screwdriver or a craft knife. It doesn’t have to be perfect because the cap would be facing inside. Next, use a craft knife to cut the bigger plastic cap to about 1.5 to 2 inches tall. Then, proceed with warming up your glue gun. Once it’s hot, hold the smaller cap and have it suspended into the bigger cap. Ensure that the lip of the smaller cap is sitting above the bigger one. Then, use the glue gun to build a bridge to attach the small cap. It has to be kept suspended in the middle. Make sure to use plenty of hot glue to achieve a good seal. Leave a small gap in between because that’s where the hummingbirds will drink from. The next step is to remove the water bottle’s label. Then, gently sand all over the bottle to ensure that there will be no rough edges.

Afterwards, you can begin spray painting the bottle any color you like. The paint should be completely dry before hanging it. While waiting, you can work on decorating your hummingbird feeder. Using the red craft felt, cut out different flower patterns or any design you like. Once the water bottle is completely dry, you can gently screw it in on the bottom part which is where you will be putting the string. Insert your eye hook into the hole then thread a wire some string through it. Next, use hot glue to attach the craft felt patterns you’ve created. It should be glued onto the cap assemblage which is located over the area which attaches the smaller cap and the bigger cap to each other. Leave an adequate amount of space between the flowers. The last and final step is to hang your feeder in a shady area of your garden so that the syrup wouldn’t evaporate quickly.

Resources:

1. National Geographic Hummingbirds – photos, facts and more provided by the National Geographic Magazine.
2. Window Hummingbird Feeders – top rated window hummingbird feeder designs by hummingbirds plus.
3. Ruby Throated Hummingbirds – facts and information about the ruby throated hummingbird species.