This tutorial will show you how to make a simple hummingbird feeder that is good for the birds and people alike!
The design allows you to refill the feeder without the need to flip it and spill syrup everywhere. You can also use a simple 4 parts water to 1 part sugar mixture with no need for dyes that can be harmful to the birds.
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Step 1: Find the Right Materials
To build the bird feeder you need:
1 red plastic plate
1 clear plastic bowl
2 metal clothing hangers
2 piece of paper
The plate should be red to attract the hummingbirds, but feel free to experiment colors and designs to attract better.
The bowl should be clear so that you know when to refill the feed and can make sure that it is clean. Don't worry if the bowl is deep, hummingbirds' tongues can reach up to 2.5"!
Step 2: Drill Holes in Plate
Drill at least four holes around the edge of the plate, this will be where the birds put their beak in.
In the center of the plate drill 4 holes in a square pattern, this will be where you attach the clothing hangers.
Step 3: Thread Hangers through Plate
Clip both hangers and thread each one through two adjacent holes on the plate.
Bend all hangers together at a point at least 6 inches from the top of the plate.
Step 4: Fill Bowl with Hummingbird Feed
Fill the bowl with hummingbird feed. You can make your own by dissolving 1 cup of sugar in 4 cups of water.
You don't need to fill it too high.
Step 5: Attach plate to bowl
Tape together the tape and bowl. This should be secure, but does not need to create an air tight seal for the bird feeder to work.
Step 6: Cut Out Flowers and Attach to Plate
Using the piece of paper, cut out flower shapes with holes in the center. The shapes can even just be circles, they are only needed to indicate to the birds where the holes are.
Tape or glue the shapes over the holes.
Step 7: Hang it up!
Your feeder is done! Carefully hang it up in a spot that you think will get the most hummingbirds. The feeder is not air tight and spilling can occur if you are not careful.
To refill the feeder either cut the tape and remove the plate, or use a squeeze bottle with a spout to fill it up through the holes.