Yet another use for the Mason jar. With just a few steps and supplies, this easy DIY hummingbird feeder will attract awe-inspiring creatures to your yard. We'll show you how to make nectar, too!

By Morgan Noll
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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 hummingbird feeder and your yard will be an inviting place for these small birds to land, have a drink, and stay awhile. Better yet, the ingredients you need to make hummingbird nectar are probably already in your pantry.

How to Make a Hummingbird Feeder

Supplies Needed

Step 1: Remove Band and Lid

Remove the original band and lid from the Mason jar. You won’t be using these in the final product, but you can find ways to repurpose them—try these mini wreath ornaments!

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 and 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 sugar and stir until dissolved. Keep it simple at a ratio of four parts water to one part sugar, and refrain from adding dyes or sweeteners. Let the nectar cool.

Step 4: Assemble 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 feeder from a sturdy branch or shepherd's hook and watch as hummingbirds congregate.

Comments (5)

Anonymous
April 17, 2020
How do you get the chain to hang on the lid ?
Anonymous
April 17, 2020
How do you get the chain to hang on the lid ?
Anonymous
March 27, 2020
I use a hummingbird feeder from dollar store and I have hummingbirds all day long.
Anonymous
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.
Anonymous
July 26, 2018
How do you keep the ants out of the homemade nectar?