A homemade hummingbird feeder is an inexpensive and creative way to attract hummingbirds to your landscape. These tiny birds are always hungry and will come back again and again to a favorite feeding spot. Hummingbirds are enjoyable to watch as they fly swiftly between flowers, trees and feeders. They are also very territorial and will ‘dive bomb’ any other hummingbirds that try to grab a meal from their favorite feeder.
A homemade hummingbird feeder can be made from glass jars, plastic bottles and many other recyclable material. They don’t care what the feeder is made from as long as there is sugar water inside.
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 27 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.
2- Glass Bottle
Attract hummingbirds to your yard with this attractive homemade hummingbird feeder made from a recycled glass bottle. A few enticing red flowers are cut from a red plastic plate, and colorful beads add a touch of decorative whimsy to glass bottle. This DIY hummingbird feeder will look good anywhere you hang it and the birds will flock in for a free meal of sugar water.
3- Red Solo Cup Feeder
Cheap, easy, practical and it works! These free plans will show you how to make a hummingbird feeder from an ordinary red solo cup.
All you need to do is cut a half circle on one side so hummingbirds can access the sugar water inside the cup. Punch a couple of holes out near the top of the solo cup and place twine through the holes so the cup can be suspended from a hook of tree branch.
Fill the solo cup up to the bottom of the half circle with sugar water and you will have just created a unique hummingbird feeder for practically nothing.
4- Macrame Feeder
Dress up a clear bottle (glass or plastic) with a colorful macrame cover and hang it outside for the hummingbirds to flock too.
This homemade hummingbird feeder is pretty enough to be used as front porch decor, and functional enough to keep hungry hummingbirds returning day after day for a meal.
Start with any empty bottle, then create a macrame cover for it. Spray paint the macrame rope any color desired. Fill the bottle with sugar water and place a hummingbird feeder tube in the open end of the bottle. Place inside the macrame cover, hang it up and wait for the hummingbirds to come and dine.
5- 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.
6- DIY Bottle Feeder
Any bottle you have on hand can be kept out of the landfill and recycled into unique diy 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.
7- 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.
8- Make Hummingbird Feeder From Plastic 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.
9- 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.
10- 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.
11- Plastic Spoon Bottle Hummingbird Feeder
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.
12- 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.
13- 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.
14- 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.
15- 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.
16- 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.
17- 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 diy hummingbird feeder that is easy to carry along on the road with you in the smallest of living spaces.
18- 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.
19- Glass Jar
Recycle a shallow glass jar into an attractive and functional hummingbird feeder with these free plans. Use a baby food jar or marmalade jar to create this easy to clean DIY hummingbird feeder.
Use polymer clay to create a realistic looking flower on top and galvanized wire to suspend it from an outdoor location that will give you a good vantage point for viewing.
20- Feeding Bar
Best hummingbird feeder to build if you have a multitude of hungry birds looking for a meal. This feeding bar can accommodate dozens of hungry birds at the same time, plus it’s easy for you to keep re-filled.
Created from a four long fluorescent tube protector, the red flowers are painted on with red nail polish and will be visible to hungry birds from several yards away.
The tube is easy to cut down and can be made into two or three separate feeding tubes instead of one long one. The total cost of this unique hummingbird feeder will be under $15, even less if you have some of the items on hand.
21- Flower Box Feeder
These free plans will show you how to build an attractive flower box that will attract and feed hungry hummingbirds.
The wood box starts out in the shape of a bird house, but without sides. A jar and clear plastic tubing is concealed inside the wood box. Large, brightly colored plastic flowers protrude out of the box, attracting hummingbirds to check them out. One end of the clear plastic tube is attached to the inside jar that is filled with sugar water, and the other end of the tube is attracted to the center of the plastic flower.
This homemade hummingbird feeder makes an attractive addition to your yard plus it keep the birds well fed.
22- Hand Held Feeder
Learn not only how to build this unique feeder, but how to get hummingbirds to eat out of your hand with these free plans.
A simple plastic test tube with lid and a plastic flower with stem is all you need to create this small hand held hummingbird feeder. The test tube holds the sugar water and the stem of the flower acts as the tube through which the hummingbird places its bill and drinks. A plastic flower placed on top of the test tube attracts the hummingbird to come and have a meal of sweet nectar.
23- Juice Bottle Feeder
Any size plastic juice bottle can be recycled into a bird feeder. Smaller, individual serving size bottles make ideal hummingbird feeders, and larger family size juice bottles make great feeders for larger birds that eat seeds.
No need to struggle to clean these juice bottle feeders, since they are already a recycled item, toss them into the plastic recycle bin after a week or so of usage and create a new one with a clean juice bottle.
24- Modern Hummingbird Feeder
All your friends and neighbors will be asking where you found this modern hummingbird feeder when they see it hanging in your yard. When they find out you made it from recycle material, they will keep you busy making these DIY hummingbird feeders for them.
Use any size soda bottle and wrap a length of colored wire around the body of the bottle in a spiral pattern. Use a feeder tube in the open end of the bottle so the hungry hummingbirds can access the sugar water inside. Twine is attached to the wire so the bottle feeder can be easily suspended from a hook or tree branch.
25- Winter Hummingbird Feeder
We don’t think much about feeding the hummingbirds during the winter because the traditional sugar water mixture would quickly freeze when exposed to outdoor temperatures. But the hungry hummingbirds still need to eat during the winter months.
This ingenious design will enable you to provide fresh sugar water in the winter for hungry hummingbirds. A chick brooder lamp keeps the sugar water from freezing and provides the tiny hummingbirds a little warmth while they enjoy a winter meal.
26- Medicine Bottles
Recycle your old medicine bottles and turn them into functional DIY hummingbird feeders. Follow these step by step plans and keep the birds fed while helping to keep some plastic out of the landfill.
27- Plastic Box Feeder
An empty soda bottle and a shallow plastic box can be recycled into an attractive and functional homemade hummingbird feeder with these free plans. Easy to create and irresistible to the hungry hummingbird looking for some nectar.