Earlier this year, I received a beautiful, glass hummingbird feeder as a gift. Unfortunately, it did not come with a stopper or feeder tube, so I ordered one online. When the package arrived, I was surprised to find not just one stopper/ feeder tube, but 12. So, I now had the stopper/feeding tube that I needed for my glass feeder along with a box of 11 leftover.
Well, those extra stopper/feeder tubes have been on my mind quite a bit lately. Now, I have two hummingbird feeders in my back garden – a glass one which hangs from my patio and a plastic one hanging in front of my kitchen window. But I decided that I could always use another one. I had the perfect spot in mind too….hanging from my Palo Verde tree. So, I decided that since I had a box of stoppers/feeder tubes that I would make my own.
I used a water bottle, some wire and one of my many stopper/feeder tubes. My husband wrapped wire around the feeder while I was busy making the nectar. You can find the recipe here.
The wire is wrapped around the top and then another piece is hooked to either side. Do not make any holes in the water bottle, since this will cause all the nectar to leak out.
Fill the feeder up to the top with nectar and then put in the stopper/feeder tube, turn upside down quickly and hang up. The feeder operates using a vacuum. Do not add any red color to the nectar – you really don’t need it and it may be harmful to hummingbirds.
At this point, you could decorate the bottle and even create beautiful designs with the wire using needle-nose pliers. This would be a fantastic project for kids. The box of stopper/feeder tubes that I purchased was very inexpensive. You can buy them online from any number of retailers.
Admittedly, our feeder is very basic and free from decoration. But just 24 hours after hanging it up….
Ever since, this has been the most popular feeder in my garden and I have had two hummingbirds numerous times during the day.
So, how about you…do you have a hummingbird feeder? If not, make your own! Or if you do have one, you can always make room for more. You can create a more artistic version using DIY instructions here.
Have you made your own feeder before? Tell us about it if you have 🙂