Hummingbird Mister DIY Bird Bath

Create a hummingbird mister to give these little jewels a place to bathe and play!

Hummingbirds have difficulty bathing at traditional bird baths, but love to fly through mist! This DIY bird bath project creates the perfect place for hummingbirds to play and bathe. Decorate this hummingbird mister to match your backyard décor, and wait for the hummingbirds to find it!

Materials:

  • 5-gallon plastic container, about 20 x 16 x 12 in.
  • 2 unthreaded 1/2-in. PVC pipes, 14 in. and 15 in. long
  • 1 piece threaded 1/2-in. PVC pipe, 18 in. long
  • 2 PVC elbows for 1/2-in. pipe
  • 1 PVC cap for 1/2-in. pipe
  • PVC cement
  • Steel wool
  • Submersible pump
  • Small rocks
  • One 1/2-in.-female-to-5/8-in.-male adapter
  • 3 misters
  • Spray primer, paint and finishing spray

Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1

Start by cutting the unthreaded PVC pipe. (You can use pipe cutters or a handsaw.) You'll need a 14-in. piece for the left leg and a 15-in. piece for the top. In the 15-in. piece, drill one hole in the center for the top mister and two holes for the bottom misters. The size of the sprayers will determine the size of the holes you drill.

Step 2

The third piece of PVC, for the right leg, should be threaded at both ends. This piece is likely precut to 18 in. long. You'll want to cut this to roughly 12 in., but first do a little measuring. Attach the adapter to the end of the threaded pipe and pump. Meanwhile, place the cap on the left leg. Stand both legs up so they're even. Mark the top of the right leg to mimic the length of the left leg and make your cut. (Once everything is attached, you'll have a large U.)

Step 3

It's time to attach all the plumbing pieces together. First rub the ends of the PVC pipe and the insides of the PVC elbows and cap with steel wool. This will help the pieces adhere together. Dust the pieces off, apply PVC adhesive to the outside of the pipe, and connect the elbows and cap. Be sure the holes you drilled face up and down. Let adhesive dry.

Step 4

Remove sprayers and adapter from the piping, and lightly sand the pipes with steel wool. Start with a coat of primer on the piping and let dry. Prime your container, too, if needed. Once the primer is dry, paint the piping and container with the color of your choice.

After all the base coat paint is dry, it's time to get creative. Paint flowers or your choice of design with acrylic paint. When complete, spray your work with a clear matte finishing spray.

Step 5

Now it's time to insert the misters. Use a toothpick to add a pea-size amount of cement to the base of the misters. Insert into the drilled holes, making sure not to clog any sprayer openings. Allow cement to dry.

Step 6

Use the adapter to connect the piping to the pump. (If the seal isn't tight, you might need to add thread seal tape.) Place inside the container, and secure in place with small rocks or bricks.

Step 7

Set your new hummingbird mister outside near your hummingbirds' favorite feeder or flowers, and add water. Enjoy!

  1. Jane says

    I have been looking for the misters at my local hardware store. The “misters” they have project water 4 – 6 feet, not really what I would call a mist. Do you have a source for the real mister fittings? I know they come in patio misting kits, but don’t know where to buy them without getting an entire kit. They are not in the landscape/garden irrigation area of my store. Thanks.

    • Brian B. says

      Amazon.com has a variety of misting nozzles, even one already in short pieces of PVC pipe. The picture shown appears that these misting nozzles produce a very fine mist.

  2. Mary Ellen says

    I too would like to know where to get these “misters”. The only ones I have found need to be connected to a hose-not a submersible pump. Any input would be greatly appreciated Thanks, Mary Ellen

    • Brian B. says

      Amazon.com has a variety of misting nozzles, even one already in short pieces of PVC pipe. The picture shown appears that these misting nozzles produce a very fine mist.

    • Brian B. says

      If we could ever find out what size of pump (the flow rate) needed to make this hummingbird mister, there a large variety of Submersible, Hydroponics/Fountain, Pond, Statuary, and Aquarium Pumps on Amazon.com and eBay.

      As I have informed a couple of other people, Amazon.com has a variety of misting nozzles, even one already in short pieces of PVC pipe. The picture shown appears that these misting nozzles produce a very fine mist.

  3. Alyce Riley says

    We have tried this project with a submersible pump from Home Depot rated to pump up 1 foot..the misters are for a water cooling system used in desert areas. We did the project per directions with NO LUCK> So we are tweaking it in several ways. Don’t use the misters, drill very small holes in the pipe, use a shallower container, add large rock so the hummingbirds have a place to sit.. Next bwe are going to paint the piping red to attract them. Good Luck!

  4. Brian B. says

    Someone has previously asked what size of submersible pump that you used, but there was no response. What was the flow rate of the pump that you used? Was it 400 GPH? Thank you.

    • Brian B. says

      Someone has previously asked what size of submersible pump that you used, but there was no response. What was the flow rate of the pump that you used? Was it 50-100 GPH (gallons per hour) 100-200 GPH, 200 to 400 GPH, or greater than 400 GPH? Thank you.

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