This has to be one of my favs. I have been collecting baby food jars for a couple of weeks in preparation for the boy's first birthday party and I have already started a few crafts for the party for them including Bug Jar Favors and Very Hungry Caterpillar Bubble jars. You can see my post on these two cuties here.
But I really wanted to make a hummingbird feeder because the hummies here are really active and I think one feeder is not enough. They chase each other around because hummingbirds (we have Calliope and Rufous hummingbirds here in Southern California) are very territorial.
There are a couple tutorials around the internet but I sort of fanagled my own version:
Baby food jar and cap - I used a 4oz jar but you can use a bigger one if you'd like
A metal or plastic cap larger than the cap of the baby food jar. I used the metal cap from a jar of Salsa
Phillips Head Screw driver and hammer or something to poke holes in the metal cap
Some type of hanging apparatus (optional)
So basically this is a reservoir feeder. The holes in the top of the baby food jar will slowly leak out hummingbird nectar into the basin from which the hummies will feed. I chose a cap that was pretty large because I wanted the hummies to have a place to perch. The first step is to poke 4 small holes in the baby food cap.
7/15/2012 See my updates to this post HERE. Hummingbird picts!!!
This post is part of the Upcycled Crafting Challenge (#freefromtrash) hosted by Calley, The Eco Chic, and is part of a one month challenge to create from trash. This challenge will hopefully open your eyes to the number of items that we still end up trashing every day that could be used by ourselves or our kids to create fun and useful items. To find out more about the challenge and to see other projects click on over to Calley’s announcement post.