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Friday, February 26, 2016

How To Attract Humming Birds With A DIY Feeder


Spring is on the way and so are the hummingbirds.


  Hummingbirds are fascinating creatures to watch. These little birds flutter near my house in the spring and summer and feed off pink flowers that will bloom on this plant. Right now this plant has no flowers on it so I decided to make a DIY hummingbird feeder to see if I could attract some hummingbirds. This feeder was simple to make and only cost $3.00 as I purchased the materials from the dollar store. I bought a pink water bottle, red flowers and a plant stand. If you have a tree then there is no need for the plant stand.


The first step to making the feeder is too cut off four flowers, keeping the holes open from the flowers. Then I drilled 4 holes in the water bottle and hot glued the flowers over the holes. Make sure the holes in the bottle are not covered by the flowers. Your feeder is now ready to be filled with hummingbird food.



I like to use a clear nectar to feed the hummingbirds as I am sure the red dye is not good for them. The pink bottle and red flowers will attract the birds so there is no need to use a nectar with red dye in it. I like to purchase my nectar in a powder form so I can easily mix it up as needed. I bought this hummingbird gift set from CentiMom as it had everything that I needed to be able to make the nectar and then some. This kit comes with three pounds of nectar powder(in a resealable bag), a measuring cup, a mixing/storing container, and several cleaning brushes. I love the way it is packaged in a burlap bag, making it great for gift giving. The burlap bag can then be used to store everything so you don't have to hunt for supplies.



 This great hummingbird nectar starter kit was a perfect gift for my boys so they could learn more about those cute little birds. I wanted  to make sure that we were feeding the hummingbirds a food that was good for them and I choose this clear nectar based on what it did not have in it. The CentiMom hummingbird food will not harm the birds and does not contain FD&C#40 Red dye, artificial sweeteners,  preservatives, pesticides,  refined beet sugar,  MSG, or common allergens (peanuts, wheat, dairy, chocolate, eggs, gluten.) I just love that this large 3- pound bag is resealable and has unlimited shelf life so I can use what I need and save the rest for next season.

Watch this video to discover how easy it is to prepare the nectar for your hummingbird feeder. The video also shows everything that is included in the starter kit. 


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Click on the below link to purchase this CentiMom hummingbird nectar starter kit. These make a great gift for bird lovers of all ages.



    My DIY hummingbird feeder is filled and ready for the hummingbirds. I placed my feeder by my Yucca plant as this plant will sprout pink flowers in the next couple of weeks. These pink flowers have attracted hummingbirds in the past so I think this plant will help the birds discover my DIY feeder. Maybe the hummingbirds will discover my feeder before the flowers bloom. I will update this with photos of hummingbirds once I see them. The hummingbirds usually arrive once spring starts.


28 comments:

  1. Oh goodness, I love this!!! I'm always having problems with the ones from the store, and now I can just make my own - it's beautiful!! I can't wait for our hummers to come back this Spring, we've missed them! :)

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  2. I love hummingbirds! They are the most marvelous little things. Thanks for sharing! It's definitely an easy DIY project. :)

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  3. What a cute and simple DIY idea! I should totally make one with my daughter this summer! Pinning this for later.

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  4. Lovely, I would love to attract these beautiful birds. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. That's just so creative and neat. I bought some hummingbird feeders but I'd love to let the kids help me make one of these.

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  6. I adore humming birds! My husband actually held one in his had once. You couldn't even feel it. Great idea.

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  7. Hummingbirds are adorable, and they need these types of feeders. I think your version looks great and should make them happy.

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  8. DIY nowadays really come in handy as the brands and products in the market priced too high. Creativity equals diy too! :)

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  9. This is adorable! I want one for my front yard <3

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  10. This is so creative and genius! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. How cute I love the DIY flowers. How are the hummingbirds?

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  12. This DIY idea is so creative! I would like to see hummingbirds!

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  13. I absolutely love hummingbirds! We have them in our yard and I love to watch them!

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  14. Hummingbirds are the national birds of Jamaica - the country of my birth - so I have always loved them.

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  15. Thanks for these tips. I'd love to see some hummingbirds in my yard this year.

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  16. That's so amazing! Hummingbirds are my favorite, they are very relaxing to the ears and they will definitely make anyone's morning a lot better. I'm so glad you found a way to feed them, that's awesome.

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  17. This is a great project to do with the kids. I can't wait to get to it!

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  18. We LOVE our hummingbirds here! We usually put out a couple feeders in the back yard outside our den and a couple in the side yard outside our livingroom picture window, along with other bird feeders. They are fascinating creatures and we get to see them up close outside that picture window.

    I like your DIY hummingbird feeders - but have to add those to our supply! I make my own nectar with sugar and water. It's a 4:1 ratio of water to sugar (4 cups water/1 cup sugar); this is the recipe: http://www.hummingbird-guide.com/hummingbird-nectar-recipe.html

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  19. I love this feeder idea. Noticed our feeder is in bad shape. Good idea i have to try.

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  20. How fun. I have a friend who feeds them and it's always a delight when they show up.

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  21. That is such a cute idea! I hope it will attract humming birds soon - they're amazing little creatures to watch :)

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  22. What a helpful post. I think hummingbirds are beautiful but wouldn't know whee to start with feeding them. Now I do!

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  23. That is so cool! I don't think I've ever seen a hummingbird in person. This summer I want to try this feeder and hope I can see one!

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  24. I dont think I have seen a hummingbird in a long time. I didnt even know you could catch them so this is a cute DIY project to do, I hope you do a post when you can actual capture one after the creation of this.

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  25. What an amazing idea and the final result is really beautiful. Nothing like the beautys of mother nature in your own backyard

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  26. Oh wow, this would be fantastic! My kids and I would enjoy doing this project!

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  27. Great idea.. Thanks for sharing ! I have to try this idea

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  28. What a wonderful bird-friendly DIY project! Thanks for sharing How to Make Your Best First Impressions with us at the Healthy Happy Green & Natural Party. I'm pinning and sharing.

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