Camp Classic Play | Hummingbird Feeder

by , posted on July 8th, 2013 in Camp Classic Play!




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How to make a hummingbird feeder

It is always exciting when a hummingbird visits your garden, their wings beating so fast they are simply a blur. And just as quickly as these tiny birds arrive, they are off in search of more nectar. But there is one way to ensure you get plenty of hummingbird sightings in your yard: by making them their very own feeder.

supplies to make a hummingbird feeder

You’ll need:
Glass bottle (check the recycling bin)
Paint for glass surfaces
16 gauge wire (about 7 ft)
Hummingbird feeder tube (I found them here)

Instructions:
1. Remove all labels from your bottle and wash it well.
2. Paint your creation with bright colors to attract the hummingbirds. Optional: Use masking tape to mark off stripes or any other design. Let the paint dry.

paint a hummingbird feeder bright colors to attract hummingbirds

3. Attach the wire hanger. Straighten out your wire and cut it in half. Lay your bottle on its side. Lay one piece of wire under the bottle at a spot that is narrow. Lay the other piece on top of the bottle at the same spot. At each side twist the wires together. Pliers are helpful but optional. Keep twisting each side until you are about four inches from the ends. At this point, twist all four wires together and create a loop or hook.

how to make a hummingbird feeder

4. Fill your feeder with hummingbird food. Make your own by melting 1/2 cup of sugar in 2 cups of boiling water. (No need for red dye which can be hard on the birds.)
5. Insert your feeder tube, hang, and wait for the flitting visitors.

cool DIY hummingbird feeder

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8 Responses to “Camp Classic Play | Hummingbird Feeder”

  1. Tanya Says:

    July 8th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    What a great idea!! (and not even just for kids!) I’ve been wanting a hummingbird feeder but haven’t been pleased with the overall plasticky ones I’ve seen in stores. Can’t wait to try this with my boys!

  2. stacy Says:

    July 8th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    This is so stinking awesome ladies!!! Can’t wait to try it

  3. Caroline Says:

    July 8th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    LOVE this! My crew would totally go BANANAS foe this project! Yayyyyy Camp Classic Play! :)

  4. Caroline Says:

    July 8th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    *for* :))

  5. Amy Johnson Says:

    July 8th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Love it! My boys have actually been looking up how to make a hummingbird feeder–this one’s perfect!

  6. Danielle | Crafting Connections Says:

    July 8th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    What a fun idea (and good note about the red dye!).

  7. Jane@Buzzmills Says:

    July 8th, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I love this! We have three hummingbird feeders around our backyard…and the kids and I love making the hummingbird food…and find it magical every time one flits past us…but, alas, for some reason this year they haven’t come :( we miss them so!

  8. Trish Says:

    July 9th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    We haven’t been lucky enough to see any in our yard so Luke will have to make it for his Auntie, who has quite a few hummingbird visitors.


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