One of my favorite things to do in the summer in New England is watch hummingbirds. I enjoy seeing their beauty up-close as they drink from our garden and our feeder.
Last year we tried out a handheld feeder for the first time and had a great time with it!
It was such a treat to have the birds come close to us.
***Check out my tutorial video below that includes footage of the hummingbirds using the feeder!***
I tried to buy the same hand feeder for a friend but couldn’t find it anywhere so I decided to make my own crochet-version that I am sharing with you here 🙂
This is a very simple crochet pattern but I also share with you a way to make this feeder without using a crocheted flower – read on to see all the options!
Remember . . .
Hummingbirds are precious living creatures and must be respected in their habitat. Make sure to follow the sugar water recipe (see below) without red dyes and keep their feeders clean throughout the season.
Here are 10 facts I’ve learned about hummingbirds while watching them closely:
- They love to chase each other and often making little squeaky noises while they do it.
- They can fly fast in all directions – not just forward.
- The immature males (ruby-throated) often have just one little red dot on their throat.
- They only use their feet for perching – not for walking! They only fly and sit!
- The males often perform aerodynamic ‘shows’ for the females – sometimes they make a short zig-zag pattern back and forth and other times they fly in a giant U.
- While the males do their ‘show’ they make a little buzzing sound.
- If you look carefully, you can see the hummingbirds use their tongue as they drink.
- Hummingbirds need to eat about every 15 minutes.
- At night their bodies go into a ‘turpor’ which is like a coma so they can conserve energy and calories.
- They are attracted to the color red but also like bright orange.
**Do you have an interesting fact about hummingbirds? Add it in the comments below – I’d love to hear it!
Skill Level: Beginner
(I also include a version that does not use crochet – check it out below!)
Flower = 1 1/2″ diameter (across petals)
Water Tube = 5″ long
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1 ball of Size 3 cotton crochet thread (Lizbeth, Christmas Red – purchase here)
2.75 (C) mm crochet hook (Purchase here)
Floral Water Tube – Purchase here
Tapestry needle with sharp point – Purchase here
14 gauge wire (24″) – Purchase here
Pliers/Wire cutters – Purchase here
Optional: Red silk flowers with plastic stamens – Purchase here
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First flower is crocheted and then attached to cover of water tube
A holder is made with the wire for the feeder to sit in when not being held
UPDATE: Now you can watch a step-by-step video tutorial of this project that includes some live action shots of the hummingbirds using this handheld feeder! So cool!
Special Stitches and Abbreviations:
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
hk = hook
st = stitch
YO = yarn over
lp = loop
2tr-CL (2 treble cluster) = [YO twice, insert hk into st, YO, draw up a lp, (YO, pull through 2 lps on hk) twice] twice; pull through all 3 lps on hk
(Remember ALL Special Stitches that are in bold and italicized text are explained in the list above)
Round 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hk
Round 2: (Sl st, ch 3, 2tr-CL, ch 3, sl st) in each st around. (6 petals) Fasten off leaving a long tail for assembly.
Non-crocheted flower option:
Remove silk flower pieces from bought stems – insert plastic center piece into center hole of water tube cap; Secure flower to water tube cap in same way as attach crocheted flower (see below)
Optional Detail = Remove plastic stamen from silk flower and insert it through center of crocheted flower; Secure stamen with back piece (Attach flower as for crocheted flower explained below)
Line up hole in center of flower with center hole on tube cap (and Wrong Side of flower facing cap);
Using needle sew flower to cap making one stitch on either side of center hole
*Make sure to pass yarn around through stitches of flower after first stitch (so joining stitches do not block the hole)*
Weave yarn tail ends into wrong side of flower and trim excess
Wrap one end of wire around tube 3-4 times that allows for tube to securely sit inside coil but also allows it to be easily removed
Wrap other end of wire around outdoor hook (where normally hang regular bird feeder)
Fill tube with sugar water and place on cap (with flower)
(Recipe: Boil 3 cups water; Add in 1 cup granulated cane sugar and stir until dissolved; Turn off heat and let cool completely – Store in clean container in fridge; Once mixture gets cloudy, discard and make new batch)
(Some sources recommend using a 4 to 1 ratio of water to sugar – I think I end up doing somewhere in between the above 3 to 1 and 4 to 1)
And there you have it! Your DIY Handheld Hummingbird Feeder is complete! Now all that is left is to wait patiently for the beautiful birds to arrive and drink from your hand. 🙂
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