homemade hummingbird feeder

15 Homemade Hummingbird Feeders From Recycled Material

A traditional store-bought glass hummingbird feeder hangs filled and forlorn in your landscape, attracting nothing but ants and yellow jackets. Your neighbors are enjoying visits from the tiny and colorful birds, why are the birds not visiting your feeder?

Perhaps your neighbor has taken a few extra steps to attract hummingbirds to their backyard by planting a hummingbird garden filled with colorful, nectar-rich blooms and took the time to create a unique homemade bird feeder from recycled material. You can do the same things with these unique and crafty ideas.

Simple things, like planting flowers that attract hummingbirds or creating a DIY bird bath or feeder from recycled material, will help the environment by keeping unwanted items out of the landfill plus keep your landscape buzzing with a variety of winged creatures for your enjoyment.

Look over these ideas for 15 homemade hummingbird feeders made from recycled material and consider swapping your traditional store-bought feeder for a DIY bird feeder.

1-Tequila Bottle

Recycle those empty shapely tequila bottles into attractive diy hummingbird feeders with this idea. Step by step instructions included, but emptying the bottle first is up to you.

Tequila Bottle hummingbird feeder

2-Gatorade Feeder

Follow these detailed bird feeder plans and recycle an empty plastic Gatorade bottle into an attractive and practical homemade hummingbird feeder. This is a great idea if you prefer not to have glass items in your landscape, you can make a homemade feeder from a plastic bottle.

Gatorade hummingbird Feeder

3-DIY Bottle Feeder

Any bottle you have on hand can be kept out of the landfill and recycled into unique hummingbird feeders with these easy to follow, step by step instructions. Spray paint, hot glue and a few other items can transform a bottle headed for the trash into a object of beauty in your landscape. Plus the hungry hummingbirds will thank you for it.

DIY Bottle Feeder

4-Glass Bottle

Transform any empty glass bottle into a piece of yard art that will attract hummingbirds. A little copper wire or tubing plus a few colorful beads will recycle a clear glass bottle into a decorative piece of hanging art worthy to be suspended from your front porch.

Glass Bottle Homemade Hummingbird Feeder

5-Plastic Water Bottle

All those empty plastic water bottles that get tossed into the trash each day will take years to decompose at the landfill. This DIY bird feeder will keep at least one plastic water bottle out of the landfill and provide much needed food for a hungry hummingbird. When the feeder becomes dirty from use, then toss it in the trash and make a new one from a clean, recycled water bottle. At least you will have recycled a few plastic bottles before they ended up at the landfill.

Plastic Water Bottle hummingbird feeder

6-Wine Bottle Feeder

That bottle of wine and take out salad you enjoyed last night can be fashioned into an attractive hummingbird feeder today with these DIY bird feeder plans. The bottom of the feeder is made from the plastic take-out food container, so it’s is easy to replace as needed and won’t cost you any money.

Wine Bottle Feeder

7-Pill Bottle Feeder

Do you take prescription medication on a regular basis? Consider how many empty pill bottles you have added to the local landfill over the years. While it may only be a small eco-friendly contribution, recycling a few of those empty pill bottles into hummingbird feeders will be a way to help the environment. Follow these DIY instructions and make some of these pill bottle feeders for yourself and to share with friends.

Pill Bottle Feeder

8-Plastic Spoon Decoration

Plastic spoons and bottles can be transformed into decorative and functional hummingbird feeders with this unique idea. A great idea for creating eco-friendly homemade gifts too.

Plastic Spoon & Bottle Hummingbird Feeder

9-Sports Drink Bottle

Make a homemade bird feeder with an old Tupperware bowl and empty sports drink bottle with these creative plans. Any small plastic bowl that has a lid will suffice for this DIY project, even a margarine bowl. Make this simple little bird feeder that looks good sitting on a front porch railing.

Sports Drink Bottle

10-Insulin Bottle Feeder

If you have a bottle of any size or shape, you can recycle it into an attractive and inexpensive hummingbird feeder with these DIY plans. Insulin bottle, test tubes, salad dressing bottle, hot sauce bottles, etc., are easily transformed into beautiful bird feeders. Make several so you’ll have some to share with neighbors and friends who will admire the homemade bird feeders in your yard.

Insulin Bottle Feeder

11-Hummingbird Garden

To increase the hummingbird traffic in your yard, plant a hummingbird garden to go along with a couple of homemade bird feeders. Plant some flowers in a container or in your landscape that produce red, purple or orange blooms and that are rich in nectar. Salvia, corral bells and petunias are good choices that are easy to grow in most climates. Hummingbirds are not attracted to flower scent as much as they are to the nectar production of the flower.

Add a simple DIY feeder made from a baby food jar or Frisbee near the area where the flowers are planted and you will double your chances of attracting hummingbirds.

Hummingbird Garden

12-Kids Craft

Make this fun bird feeder craft with kids to provide your kids with hands-on experience in recycle, building, bird feeding and bird watching. A bottle, cork and drinking straw are the main items needed, with an adult working the drill and hot glue gun, to make this a wonderful summer project to do with kids. This DIY kids project also includes a recipe for homemade hummingbird nectar.

bird feeder craft

13-Cheap And Easy Feeder

Try making this cheap and easy hummingbird feeder from a soda bottle and plastic container. The price of the feeder does not matter to hummingbirds, as long as the feeder is filled with sweet nectar, they will keep coming back for more. This type of homemade bird feeder is good to create when you have a multitude of hungry hummingbirds visiting your yard regularly and need several feeders scattered around your backyard to keep the birds fueled with nectar.

cheap and easy hummingbird feeder

14- Tiny Feeders For Tiny House Dwelllers

The perfect solution for those who live in tiny houses or travel the country in an RV. Compact and easy to make, with no needed tools, a simple plastic spice jar and thin wire makes a functional hummingbird feeder that is easy to carry along on the road with you in the smallest of living spaces.

Tiny Feeders For Tiny House Dwelllers

15-Wine Bottle Hummingbird Feeder

Elegant and easy to make, this hummingbird feeder made from a wine bottle looks like a high-end product purchased from a boutique. Ordinary thing found at the hardware store (or that you may already have on hand) can transform an empty wine bottle into a piece of elegant art. Suspend the wine bottle feeder from a location where it can be seen from the inside so you can enjoy your handiwork even when hummingbirds are not feeding from it. This are elegant enough to make as gifts for your friends.

Wine Bottle Hummingbird Feeder

One Response

  1. Jennifer Miller
    Jennifer Miller at |

    This may be the best article I’ve read for making your own feeders. All of them are excellent.


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