Paint the outside of your all-weather water bottle with the red nontoxic craft paint and a small paintbrush. The red color will attract hummingbirds to your feeder.
Cook up your homemade hummingbird nectar. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a pan on the stove. Add 1 cup of white granulated sugar to the boiling water and stir to dissolve. Set the pan aside until the nectar cools to room temperature.
Remove the feeding tube from your red-painted water bottle. Insert a funnel in the mouth of the water reservoir. Pour the hummingbird nectar from the pan into the funnel until the bottle is filled. Replace the feeding tube.
Place your hummingbird feeder, tube facing downward, against a tree branch or a post. Cut a length of wire long enough to circle around the feeder and the branch or post, and overlap at the ends. Wrap the wire around the feeder and branch or post. Twist the overlapping ends to secure the feeder in place.
Things You Will Need
- All-weather water bottle for hamster or guinea pig
- Red nontoxic craft paint
- Small paintbrush
- White granulated sugar
- Shears or wire cutters
- Make more or less hummingbird nectar as needed, always keeping the proportion of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water.
- Clean the feeder weekly, using a bottle brush and hot water -- but no soap.