How to Make a Hummingbird Feeder From a Plastic Bottle

Overview

Nectar- and insect-loving hummingbirds are a welcome addition to most gardens. According to the National Hummingbird Society, these small birds eat up to 200% of their body weight in nectar daily. Most of this nectar comes from flowers, but man-made nectar in feeders is an acceptable substitute. Purchase a store-bought feeder or make your own from items that otherwise would be destined for the trash heap.

Step 1

Soak a 16 oz., 24 oz. or 1 liter plastic soda or water bottle in warm, soapy water for 15 minutes. Remove the label and rinse out well in running water. Let dry.

Step 2

Poke a hole wide enough for the drinking straw to go through into the side of the bottle with a pair of scissors. Poke the hole 1 inch down from where the bottle begins curving toward the cap.

Step 3

Push the straw into the hole so it angles toward the bottom of the bottle. Trim the part of the straw protruding out of the bottle so only 1 inch of straw is sticking out.

Step 4

Fill the bottle with water and adjust the angle of the straw as needed until it fills up with water. Glue in place using hot glue so all gaps around the straw are sealed. Empty out the water once glue hardens.

Step 5

Cut out a 5-inch diameter circle from red craft foam. Poke a hole in the center of the circle and place it over and behind the straw then glue the back of the circle to the bottle to hold it in place.

Step 6

Fill the bottle with hummingbird nectar and place the cap on securely. Make homemade nectar by mixing ½ cup sugar with 1 cup hot water until the sugar dissolves completely, then mix in 1 cup of cold water.

Step 7

Wrap a 1 foot length of wire around the neck of the bottle under the lid tightly. Pull the ends of the wire up and twist together to make a hanger. Hang your feeder from a tree branch or a hook outside where you can easily view the hummingbirds as they come to feed.

Tips and Warnings

  • Refill the bottle weekly or whenever the solution appears cloudy to avoid sickening the birds.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bottle
  • Scissors
  • Drinking straw
  • Hot glue
  • Craft foam
  • Sugar
  • Wire

References

  • Hummingbird Society
  • Ranger Rick
Keywords: hummingbird feeder, nectar solution, attracting hummers

About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.