These feeders are easy to make, use recycled materials, and close up so you can easily store them for your next adventure.
- Plastic spice container with a red lid
- Hot glue gun
- Duct tape
- Wire or string for hanging
- Large, flat piece of plastic – I used an old cutting mat. Get creative and try and repurpose something laying around like an old plastic school folder or the lid to a salad bin. If you can’t find anything that works, simply complete Steps 1, 5, and 6 and skip the others. The petals make it easier for the hummingbirds to spot the feeder, but they aren’t necessary
Choose a spice container that has a hinged lid and plenty of holes for the birds to stick their beaks through. Don’t use anything with a really tenacious odor like garlic or onion powder.
Submerge your container in a tub of water with a few tablespoons of vinegar and a dash of dish soap. Let is soak for at least fifteen minutes to remove residual odors and loosen up the paper label. Remove the label once it has begun to lift off of the plastic and scrape off any glue residue.
Create a Petal Stencil
- In the middle of a piece of paper, trace a circle around your lid. We’ll call this Circle A.
- Freehand a larger circle about 3-4 mm outside of A. We’ll call this Ring B.
- Freehand another larger circle about 2-3 mm around B. We’ll call this Ring C.
- Use your lid to trace circles all the way around C, leaving one gap. We’ll call these D. These will be your petals, and you need an opening for your spice lid to act as a petal when it is open.
- Using a pencil, freehand the inside of the D circles into a petal shape, with a stalk that cuts through Ring C and connects to B.
- Cut out your new stencil around your petals and Ring B. Use the black dashed line from this image as a guide:
Cut Your Plastic
Trace around your stencil onto the plastic with a permanent marker. Cut out your plastic along the marker lines.
Working with your new plastic piece, make a single cut through Ring B and then make small cuts through Circle A as if you are cutting a pizza. Stop the cuts when you hit B, do not cut through it. You should be left with little wedges, which we will bend backward along Ring B.
Cut the tips off of the wedges.
Attach Petals to Container
Turn your petals upside down, so your wedges are pointing up. Set your lid in the middle with the petal gap aligned where the lid will open and the wedges are wrapped around the sides of the lid.
Bend each wedge backward, add a bead of got glue, and then press it into the lid for 5-10 seconds. Continue until all the wedges are glued securely to the lid.
Cut a small strip of duct tape out and wrap it around the wedges to further secure them. Your flower lid is now finished.
I decided to give my feeder a little extra pizazz but cutting out some flower decals with my Cricut and decorating the sides, and covering the black duct tape with yellow tape to match.
Combine 4 cups of freshly boiled water with 1 cup of white sugar and stir until totally dissolved. Nectar can be stored in the fridge for up to 10 days.
Once the nectar has cooled down, fill the feeder to the very top and add your hanger.
I dismantled a wire fly swatter for my first feeder and coiled it around it to form a makeshift hanger, but I realized twine works just as well. Simply knot it around the barrel of the container and then use the ends to form another loop.
Our camper windows are tinted so you can’t see inside, which makes them perfect for hummingbird viewing. I put adhesive hooks on the outside of the windows and hung my new feeders on them. Within a few days, we were watching hummingbirds from a few inches away while we ate breakfast. Magic! You could also hang your feeders on a tree branch or shepherd’s hook staked into the ground.
When it’s time to move on, I take them down, close the lids, and store them upright in the fridge so I can hang them up at the next campsite. Who says you have to give up little luxuries to camp? Enjoy your new feathered friends and please share your experiences crafting this feeder!