Make Upcycled Hummingbird Feeders

While recycling reduces a product, such as paper or plastic, and then rebuilds it, upcycling takes something that you would throw out and finds a way to make it into something else, something of greater use and value.

1.  Plastic Bottle Hummer Feeder  (photo above)

Plastic beverage bottle
Plastic straw
Tool to make hole
Waterproof glue
Red cardboard or plastic
Wire for hanging,

1. In a clean plastic bottle, make a hole about halfway from the bottom. 2. Push a plastic straw through the hole.
3. Cut the straw so about 1/2-inch sticks out of the bottle.
4. Fill the bottle with water and adjust the straw until water fills it up without spilling out.
5. Empty the bottle and glue the straw in place with waterproof glue.
6. Tie a string or wire around the bottleneck to hang it.
7. Add a circle of red cardboard or plastic around the straw. You can also paint a pattern on the bottle if you like.
8. Add Hummingbird Nectar (recipe below)

2.  Baby Food Jar Hummer Feeder

Baby food jar
Red paint or tape
Wire for hanging

1. Use a nail to poke a 1/8-inch (3-mm) hole in the lid of a clean baby food jar.
2. Fill the jar with Hummingbird Nectar (recipe below) and screw on the lid.
3. Add red paint or tape around the hole to attract the birds' attention. 4. Attach wire around the lid to hang the feeder.

Or, click here for a slightly more elaborate version of this particular feeder with photos and a "how to" video.

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

1 part white sugar/4 parts filtered or distilled water.

1. Mix 1 cup of white sugar* with 1/4 cup of filtered water.
2. Microwave for 1 minute
2. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
3. Cool.
*Important: Do not add red food coloring. Do not substitute honey or brown sugar. Both could make hummingbirds sick.
Sugar water spoils quickly in summer heat. Hang feeder in the shade, preferably near flowers that attract hummingbirds. Every few days, be sure to scrub your feeder clean, rinse it thoroughly, and refill it. You can keep extra Hummingbird Nectar Recipe in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


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