Hummingbird Feeder Created from Soft Drink Bottle

Solid Waste Management Program fact sheet
Division of Environmental Quality Director: Ed Galbraith

Feeders easily attract hummingbirds.
With help from an adult, children can make a hummingbird feeder from a
glass or plastic bottle used for a soft drink.


Nonreturnable soft drink bottle, 16 or 20 ounces, with cap intact
Wire coat hanger
Wire cutters
One-eighth inch drill bit


Cut hook and twisted portion from the coat hanger. Bend remaining wire around the soft drink bottle
(see illustration). Create a hook on one end of the wire to hang the bottle. Bend the other end of the wire next to
the bottle cap to form a perch for the hummingbird.

To create hole for feeding, hold drill bit firmly with pliers, and, with cap still on bottle, place drill bit against the cap.
Drill a hole by turning the bottle. Only drill one hole into the center of the bottle cap.

Now, fill the bottle about three-quarters full with sugar water. (Recipe appears below.)
Hang the feeder where you can see it from a window.

Sugar Water Recipe

Put one cup sugar in a quart jar. Fill the jar with water. Stir the sugar and water until the sugar
dissolves. The sugar water is now ready to feed hummingbirds. Store extra water in a refrigerator.