DIY: Mason Jar Hummingbird Feeder

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Placing hummingbird feeders in your yard or garden is a great way to attract these fascinating pollinators in the spring and summer months. Since hummingbirds consume about half their weight in sugar every day and have an impressive geographical memory when it comes to food sources, you’ll likely see them come back again and again if you’re providing the sugar water they love.

Learn how to attract hummingbirds to your yard with this DIY hummingbird feeder project made from a Mason jar and just a few simple materials.

DIY hummingbird feeder

Photo credit: Bryan Hanson via Pixabay

Mason Jar Hummingbird Feeder

Supplies you’ll need:

  • 4- or 8-ounce Mason jar
  • Red plastic folder (Bright red colors attract hummingbirds, so keep that in mind when placing or decorating your feeders.)
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Hanging Mason jar band
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar

See more: How to Make a Haven for Hummingbirds

How to make it:

  1. Remove the original lid and band from the Mason jar. Place the lid without the band on top of the red folder and use the pen to trace around the outside of the lid. Use scissors to cut the traced circle out of the folder, then punch four equally spaced holes through the circle. Put your new red “lid” into the hanging Mason jar band.
  2. To prepare the hummingbird nectar, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Stir the sugar into the boiling water until the sugar is completely dissolved. Set the nectar aside to cool completely. (Always use a 1 to 4 ratio of sugar to water to prepare the nectar.)
  3. Once the nectar has cooled, fill the Mason jar with it and attach the new feeder lid to the jar. Hang your feeder from a tree limb and wait for the hummingbirds to arrive!

See more: To Attract Pollinators, Plant This, Not That

6 Comments

  1. Toni

    May 12, 2020 at 9:48 am

    I would like to have a picture of what the finished feeder looks like. It would be very helpful to those of us who are visual learners get a better understanding of finished.

  2. Anne

    May 15, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Please attach a finished picture. Thank you.

  3. Carol

    May 29, 2020 at 8:36 am

    Yes, I agree a picture is needed. Can the hummingbirds get their beaks in with the feeder upright, because upside down it would leak out, right.
    Great idea, but some of us need more info.
    Thank you very much,
    Carol

  4. Wendy

    June 1, 2020 at 8:20 am

    I agree with Toni, Anne, and Carol. A full finished picture would be nice to view.

  5. Faye

    July 24, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Where do we get the feeder red lid and tube part?

  6. Reba

    July 25, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    Picture please. Where do I find the parts?

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