Attract hummingbirds with this easy mason jar hummingbird feeder project that comes together in just a few steps.

For such small bodies, hummingbirds have a big appetite. They can eat about half their body weight a day, so having a feeder in your yard will keep them coming back for more. Plus, with their speedy, acrobatic movements, they're a treat to watch. With a little planning, your garden can become a haven for hummingbirds. Combine some of their favorite plants with this easy DIY hummingbird feeder and your yard will be an inviting place for these small birds to land, have a drink, and stay awhile. And the ingredients you need to make hummingbird nectar are probably already in your pantry.

hummingbird perched on nest with babies
Credit: Edward Gohlich

How to Make a Mason Jar Hummingbird Feeder

Supplies Needed

  • 4-ounce Mason jar
  • Red plastic office folder
  • Pen or marker
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Hanging Mason jar lid

Step 1: Remove Metal Band and Lid

Remove the original band and lid from the Mason jar. You won't be using these to make your hummingbird feeder, so feel free to repurpose them.

Step 2: Make New Lid

Hummingbirds have a heightened sensitivity to warm, bright colors and have been known to prefer red the most when seeking a snack. Using a red accent will help attract hummingbirds to your feeder. To make the new lid, hold the original lid down on the red plastic folder and trace a circle around it. Use scissors to cut out the circle. Punch four equally-spaced holes in the center.

Step 3: Make Hummingbird Nectar

In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add ½ cup of white sugar and stir until dissolved. You can make more or less of this hummingbird food recipe by sticking to the ratio of four parts water to one part sugar. Don't add dyes or sweeteners, which can be harmful to hummingbirds. Let the sugar solution cool.

Step 4: Assemble Mason Jar Hummingbird Feeder

Fill your Mason jar with the cooled nectar. Place the red plastic insert in the lid with the hanging chain. Screw the new lid onto the jar. Hang the DIY hummingbird feeder from a sturdy branch or shepherd's hook and watch as hummingbirds congregate.

Comments (6)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
June 25, 2022
Great idea, but can the hummingbirds get to the nectar once the amount to get low in the jar?
Better Homes & Gardens Member
April 17, 2020
How do you get the chain to hang on the lid ?
Better Homes & Gardens Member
April 17, 2020
How do you get the chain to hang on the lid ?
Better Homes & Gardens Member
March 27, 2020
I use a hummingbird feeder from dollar store and I have hummingbirds all day long.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
March 26, 2019
Use a smaller [filtered] punch to let the hummers drink while keeping bees, wasps, and hornets out. Protect the feeder from ants by using an ant moat.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
July 26, 2018
How do you keep the ants out of the homemade nectar?