You know me and my book buddies, right? Well, a dear friend, Jeanette Larson, has written this g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s book about hummingbirds. I'm super lucky because she has shared with me before it hits the stores.
These creatures amaze me! They're beautiful and so darned quick. And they love, love, love the color red. Isn't that cool?
Today let's make something special for the hummer, shall we? You had to gather up a few more things than usual, didn't you? Don't worry, though. This feeder is still super simple to make.
Let's check the list - a small, clear jar, a piece of wire, water, food coloring, sugar, hammer, and nail. We will be using the stove top and a saucepan, too. Okay...let's get started!
Let's go ahead and make the hummingbird nectar first. It can be cooling while we make the feeder.
All I did was boil one cup of water. When the boiling bubbles started rolling I mixed 1/4 cup sugar in the water and stirred until the sugar dissolved in the water. Then I added some drops of food coloring in there and let the nectar boil for 2 more minutes. Afterwards, I took the pan off of the heat to let it cool while I made my cool Simple Saturday Hummingbird feeder.
I used the hammer and nail to poke a few beak-sized holes in the lid. I filled the jar with my nectar and closed the lid fairly tightly. Then I took the wire, wrapped it around the lip of the lid, and twisted it together. All right! Ready to go and find those hummers!
I simply suspended my Super Simple Saturday Hummingbird Feeder from a porch post hook. That's all there is to it, my friends.
Here's the deal about that nectar, though. You're going to have to keep it fresh. Change it every two or three days. Because once these delightful creatures find your feeder, they'll return to it often if they can count on it being hummer yummy all the time.
You can make more nectar can keep it refrigerated, if you'd like. Just keep a 4 part water to 1 part sugar mixture in there at all times, keep your feeder clean and fresh, and you will have some visitors coming by, my friend!
I hope that your feeder attracts swarms of hummingbirds. They're such fun to watch. Jeanette told me that hummingbird migration season has begun. Isn't that the coolest thing ever?
Let's get out there and flag 'em down, shall we? Hey, hummers! Get your nectar right here! Sweet, red, yummy nectar...right here!