Spring is just around the corner and with it comes the fragrant smell of flowers and the sights of colorful birds. Tiny hummingbirds with their fast-moving wings are a wonder of nature. These brightly colored birds love to feed on nectar from garden flowers but they also enjoy dining at a man-made hummingbird feeder. Here is an inexpensive way to make an attractive feeder for these gentle creatures.
You will need:
- Ceramic vase
- Wire cutters
- Wire hanger
- Glass feeding tube
- Tapered rubber stopper with a hole in the middle for the feeding tube
- Tap water
- Granulated white sugar
- Measuring cups
Step 1: Use the wire cutters to cut the hanger on the long side, directly across from the neck. Unbend each end of the wire that was clipped.
Step 2: File the clipped edges so they are not sharp.
Step 3: Unwind the hanger at its twisted neck, creating two spaces far enough apart for a nail to pass through lengthwise. The spaces should not be wide enough for a nail head to pass through.
Step 4: Bend one side of the clipped wire until it is perpendicular to the neck.
Step 5: Take the end of the wire in Step 4 and create a loop that is angled 90 degrees to the neck.
Step 6: Pull the end of this loop around so it meets and connects with the neck. Perform Steps 4 through 6 with the other clipped edge.
Step 7: Place the vase on the loops, making any necessary adjustments. These loops should be strong enough to support the vase. Remove the vase.
Step 8: Use the hammer to drive nails through the twisted neck spaces, anchoring them to a tree. The feeder should be hung no lower than 18 inches above ground.
Step 9: In the container, mix 1 cup of tap water with either ¼ or 1/3 cup of granulated white sugar. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves.
Step 10: Pour the solution into the vase. Use the tapered rubber stopper to seal the vase.
Step 11: Insert the feeding tube into the rubber stopper.
Step 12: Wrap a strip of the red tape around the glass tube to attract hummingbirds.
Step 13: Place the vase on the hanger loops.
Step 14: Clean the feeder every two to four days. Empty the solution, scrub the vase with hot, soapy water, rinse it, and refill it with new solution.