How To Make a Hummingbird Feeder…From a Coke Bottle! Fun and Creative Activity!
Ah, hummingbirds…the “jewels of the sky”, no? Learn how to make a hummingbird feeder from a coke bottle and other simple, easy to find household ingredients!
If you’ve ever been enchanted by the sight of these gems of the avian world in your yard or garden, now is the time to give them a reason to hang around and grace your turf with their presence.
Not too long ago my husband called me to let me know he had just seen a hummingbird in flight…not just once but twice. Dang, I just missed it so I was a little miffed. Afterward I didn’t want to let the opportunity slip by again. recently I’ve put together this unique coke bottle hummingbird feeder with the hopes that I will get to see my little friend again. And better yet, I will show you how you can do it too!
A great upcycling project using inexpensive materials you might otherwise toss in the recycling bin, so let’s dive in right away 🙂
DIY Glass Bottle Hummingbird Feeder : What You’ll Need:
- A glass bottle, this is self-explanatory – smaller bottles (12 oz or less work best. I used an 8 oz bottle.)
- Crafting or cordless drill
- X-Acto Knife
- Pair of pliers
- Plastic bottle top (such as one that comes with 20-oz bottles)
- Feeder tube with tip and stopper OR flat plastic container with secure lid
- Assortment of colorful beads
- 10 to 12 gauge aluminum or copper wire, at least 1 yd
Let’s get started!
1) Decide if you want to use a ready-made feeder tube which has a stopper, kind of similar to a wine bottle. It fits universally with most glass bottles as bottlenecks don’t vary in size. OR you can create a feeder base. The base will be the compartment for the nectar product to flow into. Both will work equally well but creating a base requires a certain technique.
You will need a shallow round container with a secure lid. I used a cream cheese container for my base; you can use a margarine tub, or one of those food storage containers made of plastic with the different color lid. I painted my container white to hide the writing on it and then red, which is the most irresistible color from a hummingbird point of view.
2) If you choose a round base container, choose a shallower one; if it is too deep it’s going to be hard for those little guys to get to that tasty nectar! Ideally it should be about 1″ in depth and 4-6″ in diameter.
You can paint it if it was once a particular product container. Think in terms of vibrant colors like red, orange, fuchsia, or purple as that is what hummingbirds are attracted to (hey kinda like yours truly.)
3) In the middle of the container lid the opening will go for the bottle neck to go into. Turning the bottle upside down and tracing around it will make it easier. Using an X-acto knife carefully cut out the middle of the opening.
4) Using a Sharpie pen mark four spots on the container lid. This is where the birds are going to feed from. With a drill, follow up with the respective holes. I used the drill bit right below 1/4.
5) Drill a small hole (about the same size of the holes you put into the container lid) into the plastic bottle lid. This small hole will ensure that the nectar/sugar fluid will dispense evenly as needed and it will keep the lid flush with the bottle neck too.
6) Push the neck of the bottle through the large hole in the middle of the container lid.
7) Attach the plastic bottle cap on snugly. (It should still be removable so you can pour in the liquid nectar)
8) Attach the base (bottom of container) Your bottle should be upside down at this point.
9) Using the wire, wrap around the neck of the bottle and criss-cross it around midway up the bottle. At this point you can add some colorful beads at this point on the middle for more eye appeal. Wrap the wire around again, and this time bring the loose ends together near the bottle base. Loop it around so you have created little “hangers” on each side of the bottle.
10) Run another piece of wire (or cord, string, etc.) through the “hangers” and secure tightly and use pliers to bend them in place. This is the part that will hang from whatever point of entry you designate, whether a tree branch, gutter hook, etc.
P.S. Don’t forget, if you want to jazz it up a little more with some beads or adornments, be my guest. I glued on some faux gems and sequins periodically. you don’t need a ton of bling to attract hummingbirds, but it’s just something fun to do:)
Congrats…you have put together your very own one of a kind soda bottle hummingbird feeder. What you’re going to fill it with is up to you, but this is one feeder that is sure to attract a lot of attention from feathered friends!Other Creative Posts You Might Enjoy