Adding your own hummingbird feeder into your backyard is a recipe for some guaranteed entertainment. Not only are they a beautiful addition to your outdoor space, but they attract hummingbirds, which is such a relaxing and enjoyable view for some early morning bird watching while enjoying your morning coffee. And you don't have to spend a lot of money because a homemade hummingbird feeder is really easy to make.
You can get creative with what flowers you want to use for the hanging planters. It's certainly a different look from the traditional bird house, but the flowers make it look charming and a statement piece in the yard. The hummingbirds are attracted to tubular flowers because they hold natural hummingbird food (nectar) and prefer yellow to red flowers.
You can order some wildflower seed to grow even more bird and bee-friendly flowers in your yard.
You can also make your own homemade hummingbird nectar at home: Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water until the sugar is dissolved. Then you can add the sugar water directly to the feeder. Pretty simple! Don't add red dye or red food coloring though; you don't need it. You can store extra in the fridge in a glass bottle or even an old water bottle or plastic bottle and refill as needed. The little birds will love it!
The cool thing about this project is the flowers and nectar work together to attract the birds making this a little hummingbird paradise. Much different from the compared to the typical bottle hummingbird feeder. Embrace your inner crafter because this DIY project from Better Homes & Garden will only take you around 2 hours.
That's basically just a Saturday afternoon! Here's everything you'll need for your own DIY hummingbird feeder:
- Shallow, wide flowerpot
- Needle-nose pliers
- Oasis Mega wire, red
- 12-gauge wire, red
- Two 4-inch floral water tubes
- 20-gauge wire, red
- Decorative beads, red
- Two rubber grommets
- Hummingbird nectar (necessary for attracting hummingbirds)
- 7-foot-tall shepherd's hook
Find step by step instructions here.