Build a DIY Hummingbird Swing for Tiny Fliers to Perch On

Hummingbirds need perches along with feeders and nectar plants. Make a whimsical swing to attract more hummingbirds to visit your backyard.

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Hummingbird swingMark Derse/Country Woman
DIY hummingbird swing

While you can attract hummingbirds with sugar water feeders and colorful flowers, they also need places to perch. It turns out, hummingbirds love to ride on swings! This charming, DIY hummingbird swing will add a touch of beauty and whimsy to your hummingbird garden. Here’s how to make your own:

DIY Hummingbird Swing

What You’ll Need

Directions

  1. Soak twigs in water until they become pliable.
  2. Using a 6- to 7-in. twig for swing base, lash 1 end of a longer twig to 1 side of base with a 12-in. piece of 20-gauge wire, using round-nosed pliers to twist wire. Gently bend twig and lash other end to opposite side of base.
  3. Twist any remaining wire into tendrils by winding tail around a pencil or toothpick. Remove pencil and pull at end of wire with flat-nosed pliers to achieve desired look.
  4. Cut a 12- to 18-in. piece of 20-gauge wire. Wrap 1 end around arch of twig to secure. Add colored beads (red beads are a hummingbird favorite). Twist beaded wire around twig and secure end. Repeat process at intervals along twig arch as desired.
  5. Cut an 18-in. piece of 18-gauge wire. Wrap 1 end around the top of arch, working piece into a decorative loop to use as a hanger and adding any beads as desired. Wrap other end around top of arch.
  6. Hang outdoors.

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Lori Vanover
Lori has 20 years of experience writing and editing home, garden, birding and lifestyle content for several publishers. As Birds & Blooms senior digital editor, she leads a team of writers and editors sharing birding tips and expert gardening advice. Since joining Trusted Media Brands 13 years ago, she has held roles in digital and print, editing magazines and books, curating special interest publications, managing social media accounts, creating digital content and newsletters, and working with the Field Editors—Birds & Blooms network of more than 50 backyard birders. Passionate about animals and nature, Lori has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Environmental Communications from the University of Illinois. In 2023, she became certified as a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener, and she is a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and sits on the organization's Publications Advisory Committee. She frequently checks on her bird feeders while working from home and tests new varieties of perennials, herbs and vegetable plants in her ever-growing backyard gardens.