Homemade Hummingbird Feeder

CJ chose to study the hummingbird for a project assignment so we built a homemade hummingbird feeder.  We found the directions for making a hummingbird feeder here.

A homemade hummingbird feeder project for kids. It's made from a peanut container and filled with sugar water.

First we found a plastic container with a wide mouth lid.  Then we drilled a large hole in the center of the lid.


We found a second lid that was larger than the first and built up four spots of glue using the glue gun so that the smaller lid was set up higher, with a gap between the two lids.  This will allow for liquid to leak through the smaller lid into the basin of the larger lid.

Once the hot glue had hardened the bottle could be screwed onto the lid.  We tied a string around the bottle tightly so we would be able to hang it outside.

Hummingbird Food

CJ made food for the hummingbirds using one cup of sugar and four cups of water. We heated it in a pan on the stove until the sugar dissolved completely.  Then we allowed the sugar mixture to cool before pouring it into the feeder.  We learned that we shouldn’t add food coloring to the water since it can be tough on the hummingbird’s liver.

Here’s the finished feeder hanging on our back porch.  We’ve already had a couple of visitors.

. . . unfortunately, they were honeybees and not hummingbirds.

Additional Layers

  • Learn more about hummingbirds and why they need sugar water.  What else do they eat?
  • Hummingbirds Migrate.  Learn more about migration.  What animals do it?  Why?  How do they know where to go?
  • Hummingbirds have very fast metabolisms.  What is metabolism?  What makes it faster or slower in an animal?
  • Hummingbird feeders have red and yellow parts.  Why?  What other animals respond strongly to colors?
  • Honeybees LOVE sugar water as well, but wasps are more attracted to meat.  Learn more.

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  1. I am so thankful for this idea. We will definitely be making this. My son was so excited to see a picture of your son. He remembers him from scout camp a few weeks ago.

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