Every spring I look forward to the return of hummingbirds in my yard. I plant flowers on my open front porch, and they’ll come right up to my front door and peck on my screen door.
Do you enjoy watching these fascinating creatures fly around your home? Are you interested in drawing them to your yard?
Well, whether they already visit your yard, or you’d like to encourage them to, place a feeder in your yard. If the food is there, they’ll find their way to your home.
But before you head to the store and spend money on a hummingbird feeder, check out these DIY options.
We’re bringing them to you in one convenient location. Scroll through and see if any of these ideas are something you’d like to create.
Here are the DIY hummingbird feeder ideas and tutorials:
1. The Ant Moat Tutorial
Whether you build a DIY hummingbird feeder or already have one hanging in your yard, you’ll find this tutorial interesting.
They use a small clay pot to hang above the feeder to deter ants from finding their way into your feeder. It’s a great way to make sure the hummingbirds get the food and not the insects.
2. The Hand Feeder
Do you want an up close and personal encounter with hummingbirds? Would you like to draw them even closer to your home?
Consider making one of these handheld hummingbird feeders. They’re created from an old spice jar. You can either hold the feeder in your hand or place it in a large bowl of nectar.
3. Water Bottle Hummingbird Feeder
Most of us are guilty of drinking out of water bottles instead of using glasses. The issue is if you don’t recycle the water bottles, they pile up.
Well, stop a few of those water bottles from ending up in the landfill by turning them into unique hummingbird feeders.
4. Juice Bottle Hummingbird Feeder
Do you drink a great deal of V8 or other fruit juices? When you finish them, don’t toss the bottles in the trash.
The reason being, they make wonderful DIY hummingbird feeders. You can paint them and add flowers, and they make charming little feeders your hummingbirds will be thrilled with.
5. Recycled Bottle Hummingbird Feeder
This is another method of using an old water bottle or plastic soda bottle and turning them into magnificent hummingbird feeders.
In this tutorial, you’ll place a straw through a hole in the cap of the bottle. You can place a plastic flower at the end. The bird will suck the nectar from the bottle through the straw.
6. Baby Food Jar Hummingbird Feeder
Do you have a little bundle of joy in your home? Are they enjoying every bite of their baby food? I remember those days fondly.
But are you aware you can reuse the glass baby food jars? According to this tutorial, they make amazing hummingbird feeders.
7. Salt Shaker Hummingbird Feeder
You can find the adorable salt and pepper shakers which look like mason jars at most big box stores and even some second-hand stores.
When you do, use pipe cleaners to shape them into pedal shapes. Attach them to the outside of the salt shaker and drill bigger holes in the lid. This gives the hummingbirds a place to rest as they feed and gives you one awesome DIY hummingbird feeder.
8. Red Solo Cup Hummingbird Feeder
This is such an easy project and should work effectively. Hummingbirds are drawn to the color red. Therefore, the cup works fabulously.
You’ll cut a hole in each side of the red plastic cup. Place holes at the top of the cup to run a string through it. Put the nectar in the cup and hang it up. It’s inexpensive, easy to make, and should be quite effective.
9. Jelly Jar Hummingbird Feeder
Do you have jelly jars hanging around on a shelf going unused? Don’t get rid of them and don’t let them continue to collect dust.
Instead, use them as a DIY hummingbird feeder. Place the nectar inside the jelly jar. Poke holes in the lid where the hummingbirds can feed on the liquid inside. Hang the jars from a tree. The jar itself doubles as the feeder and also a solid place for the hummingbirds to rest while feeding.
10. The Powerade Bottle Hummingbird Feeder
This hummingbird feeder takes multiple items you might otherwise toss and recycles them into an awesome DIY hummingbird feeder.
The top part of the feeder is an old Powerade or Gatorade bottle. The bottom part is a red Tupperware container. You add the liquid to the bottle, and the feeder offers both a feeding location and also a resting spot too.
11. Crown Royal Hummingbird Feeder
Do you enjoy a nice adult beverage? Do you have empty 375 mL bottles hanging around and nothing to do with them?
Don’t be afraid to answer ‘yes.’ We won’t judge. Instead, I’ll give you a great way to utilize those bottles. Place nectar inside them, attach a feeder tip, a rubber stopper, and bolt for hanging it from a tree. You’ll have one nifty and functional hummingbird feeder the birds will love.
12. Wine Bottle Hummingbird Feeder
If you have old wine bottles hanging around, don’t pitch them in the garbage or even the recycling bin. Instead, turn them into a decorative hummingbird feeder.
This can be easily done by decorating the bottle any way you like. Fill the bottle with nectar and add a feeder tip at the neck of the bottle. Hang it upside down from a tree, and you have a beautiful upcycled hummingbird feeder.
13. Coffee Container Hummingbird Feeder
This idea is a great way to use up the old coffee canisters. If you use a red coffee canister, it should be ready to go.
However, if you use another color, it might be helpful to paint it red to attract the hummingbirds. Cut two holes in the sides of the coffee canister and hang it from a tree. Be sure to add the nectar to the feeder. Once it’s hanging in the air, you only have to watch and wait.
14. The Large DIY Hummingbird Feeder
This feeder is a great way to feed multiple hummingbirds at once. If you have an old glass jug, use it to place the nectar inside.
Attach a piece of PVC pipe to the neck of the glass jug. Create openings with DIY flower petals at each opening. This is where the hummingbirds will gather to drink. It’s a fascinating project and should be equally as fascinating to watch in action.
15. Mini PVC Pipe Feeders
This is a gorgeous way to attract hummingbirds to your property. Cut small pieces of PVC pipe into sections and apply stoppers to each end.
Drill holes in each piece of PVC pipe segment and fill with nectar. Before filling, decorate with different colorful designs and place DIY flowers at each of the drilled holes. Hang them in the air with copper wire.
16. Window Hand Held Hummingbird Feeder
This feeder is simple to make and is also versatile. You’ll use a test tube to hold the nectar. However, you can use this feeder in two different ways.
Either attach the feeder to a window using copper wire and a suction cup, or you can remove the test tube from the holder and use it as a hand-held feeder to have a more personal interaction with the hummingbird.
Well, you now have 16 different DIY hummingbird feeders to choose from. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy making them.
But we also hope they serve you well in attracting hummingbirds to your yard and keeping them around too. They’re fascinating creatures which bring a great deal of joy to those who they choose to visit.