22 Easy DIY Hummingbird Feeder Plans from Recycled Materials – 100% FREE
Hummingbirds are among nature’s most important pollinators.
The secret to keeping them close lies with hummingbird feeders. But not all of us are ready to part with some cash for store-bought hummingbird feeders.
So the only option we have is to settle for DIY hummingbird feeders. But where do you start to make your own hummingbird feeder?
Well, there are pretty cool ideas out there for homemade hummingbird feeders. From simple to modern and everything in between, you sure can’t miss getting something that appeals to you.
Below we look at 23 cool DIY hummingbird feeders you can do right in the comfort of your home.
- 1. Glass Bottle Homemade Hummingbird Feeder
- 2. DIY Hummingbird Feeder From a Wine Bottle
- 3. Plastic Bottle DIY Hummingbird Feeder with Flowers
- 4. Cheap DIY Hummingbird Feeder
- 5. Tequila-Bottle Hummingbird Feeder
- 6. DIY Water Bottle Hummingbird Feeder
- 7. Tubeless DIY Hummingbird Feeder
- 8. DIY Hummingbird Feeder with Chain Contraption
- 9. Decorated DIY Hummingbird Feeder
- 10. Hummingbird Feeders from Test Tubes
- 11. DIY Hummingbird Feeder with Floral Tube
- 12. Plastic Spoon & Bottle Hummingbird Feeder
- 13. Recycled DIY Hummingbird Feeder
- 14. DIY Hummer Feeder
- 15. Easy DIY Hummingbird Feeder for RVers
- 16. Double Shot Glass Hummingbird Feeder
- 17. DIY Hummingbird Feeder Ant Moat
- 18. Glass Jar Homemade Hummingbird Feeder
- 19. Easy DIY Hummingbird Feeder
- 20. Homemade PVC Bird Feeder
- 21. Hummingbird Feeder for Pennies
- 22. Modern Hummingbird Feeder
1. Glass Bottle Homemade Hummingbird Feeder
Feed your birds in style with this homemade hummingbird feeder. Bill makes this feeder using some copper wire wound on a glass bottle.
He uses a glass bottle less than 375 ml to cut down on leakage. Here, you can choose to use either a soda bottle or water bottle. Bill gives a list of the tools and materials in this tutorial.
This project is a 4-step process that doesn't take long to complete. You'll have to opt for a feeding tube bought from the store.
Making this sugar-water hummingbird feeder doesn't cost much since almost all materials used are readily available. Ensure to hang it in a hummingbird hotspot and enjoy seeing them drink from it.
2. DIY Hummingbird Feeder From a Wine Bottle
Different types of bottles can be used to make hummingbird feeders. Allie settles for a wine bottle made of glass. But you can also choose to use that made of plastic.
She uses copper wire to form some kind of cage around the bottle. A copper tubing is stuck into a stopper to create a nice feeding end.
Allie settles for a store-bought tube and recommends buying from Amazon or Best Net. This wine bottle hummingbird feeder uses nectar made from 4 parts boiling water and 1 part sugar.
Allie says one should avoid using a form of coloring as it might harm the hummingbirds.
3. Plastic Bottle DIY Hummingbird Feeder with Flowers
Making cuts on a glass bottle can be quite tricky. Christina finds an easy way out by settling for a plastic bottle. She makes an attractive hummingbird feeder.
Christina uses a V8 bottle owing to its unique shape. The cap used on this bottle is from an aerosol can. To make the feeder more attractive, Christina attaches craft felt flowers on the bottle.
Her tutorial has 7 easy steps and picture illustrations to guide you. Want to know what solution she uses in her hummingbird feeder? Well, she uses 4 parts water and 1 part granulated sugar.
Christina makes things easier by including a list of all the tools and materials you'll need for this project.
4. Cheap DIY Hummingbird Feeder
How do you like cutting the cost of a hummingbird feeder from $10 down to a mere 3 cents? Well, Baker has got the right hummingbird feeder idea that will help you achieve that.
He makes his feeder from those old prescription vials. Baker says the secret to the cheaper cost is the fact that these vials can be found just about anywhere.
He settles for the 20-dram prescriptions that hummingbirds find attractive due to the clear surface. Baker has picture illustrations and instructions on how to make this nectar dispenser.
As with most hummingbird feeders, he uses nectar made from 1 part sugar and 4 parts water.
5. Tequila-Bottle Hummingbird Feeder
How about a bottle of tequila for a hummingbird feeder? Well, Michelle shows you can turn such bottle into the ultimate hummingbird feeder.
Since there is a wide variety of tequila bottles out there, Michelle advises going for a bottle that appeals to you most. Just ensure it's transparent enough to display the nectar inside.
Michelle wraps wires around the bottle and uses beads that look like flowers to the birds. This project takes 5 steps from start to putting finishing touches.
About cost, this hummingbird feeder is inexpensive. It can be made by DIYers at a beginner level and takes just half a day to finish.
6. DIY Water Bottle Hummingbird Feeder
There's no doubt that plastic water bottles are among the cheapest bottles out there. That means you can use them to make cheap hummingbird feeders.
In this project, a transparent water bottle is used. This is something you can easily find in the trash. The bottle is narrow at the middle so it hangs easily from a copper wire.
Making this cheap hummingbird feeder takes 8 steps to complete. The tutorial gives a breakdown of the cost of materials you'll need.
You'll spend just $8 on this project. Much of the cost goes to buying the feeding copper tube. You'll be using sealants to keep the bottle watertight. Just ensure it's food safe not to harm the birds.
7. Tubeless DIY Hummingbird Feeder
Most hummingbird feeders use some form of tubing. Julia comes with something new. Instead of buying it for $15 at the store, she builds it cheaper from scratch.
This feeder has two main parts. There's a Powerade bottle at the top inserted in a shallow Tupperware container. Julia makes a cutout on the container and sticks in the bottle.
At this position, the lid is stuck between the two. That means you can screw or unscrew with ease. This hummingbird feeder can be used from a freestanding position or hang by a rope.
This feeder looks attractive when used with colored nectar. Just ensure that the nectar used is food safe.
8. DIY Hummingbird Feeder with Chain Contraption
Want a hummingbird feeder that can accommodate more than one bird at a go? Well, this feeder might just be the right choice for you.
Dama makes this hummingbird feeder using a clean bottle and plastic container. The bottle is placed upside down and the lid stuck through a cutout on the container's lid.
With a little twist, she manages to cut off the flow or keep it on. This feeder doesn't use a feeding tube. Instead, small holes are drilled through the lid of the container where hummingbirds take a sip.
Dama makes things look simple by providing a list of things you are going to need for this project.
9. Decorated DIY Hummingbird Feeder
Hummingbirds love to suck nectar from flowers. That means a hummingbird feeder with a floral design attracts the bird most. Well, Jeff had this in mind when designing this feeder.
But before we go on, you need to know that this type of project requires a skilled DIYer. The tools and materials you are going to need are very simple.
There are 21 steps involved in making this hummingbird feeder. Jeff makes the flowers using aluminum foil and attaches them to the lid of the bottle using glue.
The end result is a decorated feeder that hummingbirds will find quite irresistible.
10. Hummingbird Feeders from Test Tubes
A test tube is not just for experiments. There is a clever way you can turn it into a hummingbird feeder. But test tubes come in many different colors.
So which one should you use? Well, go for a clear tube that has a colorful cap. The test tube feeder is hung from a wire that looks like some form of a hanger.
To make it get the attention of hummingbirds, the test tube is wrapped with a bright ribbon. The ribbon gives the look of a flower. You can choose to use beads as an alternative to ribbon.
This hummingbird feeder takes only 3 simple steps to make.
11. DIY Hummingbird Feeder with Floral Tube
Looking for easy hummingbird feeders you can make over the summer? Lindsay might just have an idea that will work for you. She uses simple everyday tools and materials to make one beautiful feeder.
She settles for a wine bottle that comes clear. Most people choose to buy feeding tubes from the store. Well, to reduce the cost, Lindsay goes for a straw instead.
Steel and aluminum wires make a nice wrap around the bottle. She attaches beads on the wires to get the attention of hummingbirds.
At the end of the straw, Lindsay attaches a silk flower that attracts birds after nectar. There's a video tutorial that provides a much easier guide.
12. Plastic Spoon & Bottle Hummingbird Feeder
Let your creativity soar and turn the old into something new. You can use the bottles in your recycle bin to make this cheap hummingbird feeder.
Here, Nicole uses a plastic water bottle with a screw-on lid. Plastic spoons are molded to create a beautiful red blossom. Attached to the feeder tube, it looks more like a real flower.
I like this tutorial since it has a pictorial representation of everything you are going to need. What's more, you get each step involved in making this hummingbird feeder.
Nicole outlines a total of 19 steps each with picture illustrations. This feeder hangs on a chain that can be adjusted to switch position.
13. Recycled DIY Hummingbird Feeder
We have seen hummingbird feeders that come cheap. But this feeder is more than cheap. In fact, you can make it at no cost. Jane shows you how she does it.
She calls it a simple recipe for hummingbirds. Jane uses an approach that is much friendlier to the environment. This involves the use of a recycled water bottle and container.
The bottle is attached to the container that forms the base of the feeder. Plastic flowers are attached to the feeder so hummingbirds can spot it from far.
Jane's tutorial has 8-step instructions to guide you through the whole process from start to finish. She hangs the feeder in position ready for the hummingbirds.
14. DIY Hummer Feeder
Invite hummingbirds to your backyard in style using this hummer feeder. It's a beautiful feeder that has its own unique way of keeping hummingbirds well fed.
Unlike most feeders that have the tube positioned on the lower end, this feeder has the tube on the side. It is a straw tube that has paper flowers to attract hummingbirds.
Robin, the designer of this feeder gives a list of the things you need to make this project a success. Kids as young as 7 years can take part on this project.
Robin puts the total cost for this project at $10. Want to know how long it takes to complete this project? Well, expect to spend up to 60 minutes making this hummingbird feeder.
15. Easy DIY Hummingbird Feeder for RVers
Feeding hummingbirds are one thing you can do while on the move. That's good news for those that spent most of their lives in recreational vehicles or tiny dwellings.
The solution is a hummingbird feeder made from a spice jar. Forget about drip tubes in this feeder. It includes only a bottle with a screw on lid.
Tiny holes are punched through the lid to give birds access to the food. It's always good to keep the feeder almost full so that the nectar can be reached with ease.
Making this hummingbird feeder takes 9 steps. You will need some kind of hook and wire to hang this feeder in position.
16. Double Shot Glass Hummingbird Feeder
So far, you might have started thinking that a hummingbird feeder is something that can be built only from bottles. Well, Dottie proves you wrong. He makes this feeder using a double shot glass.
In this tutorial, copper wire is wrapped around the glass. One end of the wire hags the glass from a support. The other end curves slightly to give the birds a place on which to perch.
Glass beads are attached to a smaller copper wire making the look like flowers to attract hummingbirds. The tutorial takes 9 steps to complete. Every tool or material you will need is listed in the tutorial.
17. DIY Hummingbird Feeder Ant Moat
Both hummingbirds and ants play an important role in the garden. But the benefits of hummingbirds are far too many. That means you don't want any ants getting on their way.
But how do you do that without affecting the feeding of hummingbirds? Well, the trick is to settle for a hummingbird feeder ant moat.
Designed by Michelle, this feeder deters ants from benefiting from the nectar. Michelle lists the tools and materials for this project. She gives instructions with pictures to ensure you don't go wrong.
Hummingbirds drink from cut plastic flowers positioned at the base of the feeder. The solution is filled in a tiny clear pot and hang upside down.
18. Glass Jar Homemade Hummingbird Feeder
I like this project since kids can also take part in it. Designed by Drake, this hummingbird feeder is made using a baby food jar. The shallows jar gives the birds easy access to the nectar.
Drake keeps on the lid and attaches a plastic flower on top. A small hole drilled through the flower and lid directs the beak of the bird to the sweet nectar inside.
The must-have tools and materials are given in the tutorial. Prepare to go through 6 steps making this DIY hummingbird feeder. The project is quite fun and can be done in a few hours.
19. Easy DIY Hummingbird Feeder
Hummingbirds are used to feeding very often. What's more, they tend to get more attracted to red color. Sharon took this in mind when designing this hummingbird feeder.
She settles for a large, red feeder made from a plastic coffee container. Sharon makes a small cutout on each side of the container.
Though quite big in size, this hummingbird feeder has the easiest steps to make. The solution is poured inside and a lid sealed at the top.
You can hang the feeder from a tree or post and let the birds come out to enjoy the feast. The large capacity of this container used means you'll have to replace the solution less frequently.
20. Homemade PVC Bird Feeder
This is a stylish take on hummingbird feeders. Drake uses three PVC pipes cut 9 inches long each. He fits end caps on each pipe and lets them hang from copper wire.
Beads are strung on the wires to attract the birds. Plastic flowers are glued on the pipes and a small hole drilled through the center of the flower.
Drake fills the pipes with nectar and rotates them up to keep the solution from spilling. This project takes 11 steps from start to finish.
Don't worry about missing anything out since all you need is listed in the tutorial.
21. Hummingbird Feeder for Pennies
Quite a funny name for a hummingbird feeder, don't you think? Well, this feeder stands out quite unique from all the hummingbird feeders we've discussed so far.
So what is it that makes this feeder stand out? Well, the pennies shape aside, this feeder brings hummingbirds close up. Lisa designs it to be held by hand.
The feeder is made of a test tube that has a plastic flower on one end. Decorative beads come in handy to give the feeder a more attractive look.
In short, you get a hand-held hummingbird magnet that takes hummingbird feeding experience to a whole new level. The project is done in 10 steps.
This hand-held feeder can also double as a window feeder making it one of the most versatile DIY hummingbird feeders.
22. Modern Hummingbird Feeder
Have a fancy new home and want a hummingbird feeder that will blend in well? I think a modern hummingbird feeder might just do the trick. But how do you make one?
Well, Sam has a pretty cool idea for a modern feeder. He calls it a hummingbird feeder with a modern spin. It's a swirly feeder made using a soda bottle.
Sam's tutorial is in the form of a photo gallery outlining the 14 steps you need to follow to complete the project. Copper wire winding is made around the bottle.
The copper wire creates some form of a cage that keeps the bottle from breaking free. The bottle is hung from an upside down position and a feeder tube added.
I hope these simple DIY hummingbird feeder ideas have given you something to think about when making your next feeder.
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