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DIY Glass Bottle Hummingbird Feeder

July 27, 2012

This is a simple way to make a hummingbird feeder out of a glass bottle with minimal supplies.


  • 1 clean glass bottle with a small neck/opening (mine once contained Star White Wine Vinegar)
  • 4ft of jack chain (or more, if you have a larger bottle, or want to have a longer chain for the feeder to hang from).  Jack chain is sold by the foot at hardware stores. I bought one with a brass finish, but also saw nickel. This chain is best because you can open and close the links with pliers, eliminating the need for other hardware to cut/connect the pieces of chain.
  • hummingbird feeder tubes (I was unable to find any at craft stores in my area, so I purchased these)
  • pliers
  • water
  • sugar
  • optional: glass paint, beads, extra wire, or anything else you want to decorate with. Hummingbirds are especially drawn to red!


1. Start by checking that the cork of your hummingbird feeder tube fits snugly into the mouth of your bottle. In the finished product the bottle  is upside-down and full of liquid, so this is very important.

2. Measure a length of chain that fits around the base of the neck of the bottle. Use pliers to open the appropriate link in the chain, and then refasten to the other end to create a ring that fits around the neck of the bottle.

3. Determine how long the 4 chains that secure the sides of the bottle will be. The bulb of my bottle is fairly small, so mine were about 6″ long. Use pliers to open links and make 4 equal lengths of chain. Attach one end of each length to the chain ring, equally spacing them around and using pliers to close the links back up.

4. Decide how long you want the chain that will hang between the hook and the bottle to be, then use pliers to make a chain the appropriate length.  Attach each of the 4 support chains to the bottom of the hanging chain, then tightly close the link.

5. Make the hummingbird solution by mixing a 4:1 ratio of water:sugar and heating until the sugar dissolves. Let cool, then using a funnel pour into the bird feeder and tightly cap with the feeder tube.

My feeder is very basic, but I have grand plans of painting the glass.  The minimalist decoration doesn’t keep me from enjoying the daily visits from hummingbirds on my porch!

The most basic materials: pliers, chain, bottle, and feeder tube.

L: Chain sized to fit around the neck, R: 2 ends of the chain are attached to form a loop.

4 equal lengths of chain to cage in the bottle.

Chain lengths evenly spaced and attached around the ring.

Ring with 4 loose chains fitted on bottle. Then attached 4 loose ends to single chain for hanging.

Hummingbird feeder: complete! Hang someplace where you can regular enjoy the tiny visitors.

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