Make a Modern Hummingbird Feeder

Welcome joyful hummingbirds to your backyard with this simple DIY feeder.

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo By: Photo by Sam Henderson

Modern Spin

This swirly hummingbird feeder is made from easily found items and a repurposed soda bottle.

Gathering the Materials

You will need: corn cob feeder (for squirrels)/ clear soda bottle/ razor blade/ red spray paint/ twine or string/ scissors/ distilled water/ sugar/ hummingbird feeder tube

Preparing the Bottle

Scrape away any labels from the bottle with a razor blade. Soak if necessary to remove adhesive.

Painting the Cage

Remove the wire hanger from the corn cob feeder and discard. Use red paint to attract the hummingbirds to your feeder. Give the corn cob feeder a couple of coats of weather-resistant red spray paint and allow to dry completely before proceeding.

Preparing the Food

Add 1 cup of water to a small saucepan.

Adding the Sugar

Add 1/4 cup sugar to the water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely before using. This recipe can be increased using a 4 parts water to 1 part sugar ratio.

Storing the Food

Keep extra hummingbird food in a jar in the refrigerator.

Adding the Hanger

Cut four lengths of twine or string twice the length you estimate you will need for hanging. Fold each length in half and loop them through the top of the painted wire cage spaced evenly.

Finishing the Hanger

About 6-8 inches from the top of the wire cage, tie a knot with all of the twine/string making one large knot.

Adding the Bottle

Add the bottle to the wire cage. 

Adding the Food

Add cooled food to the bottle using a funnel or measuring cup with a spout.

Adding the Feeder Tube

The hummingbird feeder tube with its red tip is essential to attracting hummingbirds. You can find them in some craft stores, specialty bird shops, or online. Press the cork firmly into the the bottle top.

Hanging the Feeder

Divide the loose ends of the twine/string in half. Tie them in a double knot over a tree branch.

Feed Our Feathered Friends

This simple craft is fun to do and will also provide food for hummingbirds and invite them to your home.

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