How to Make a Red SOLO Cup Hummingbird Feeder

You can make your own red solo cup hummingbird feeder.

Need a fast and cheap way to attract hummingbirds to your garden? Go to your pantry and dig around for a stack of that ubiquitous picnic staple, the red SOLO cup. And while Toby Keith might balk at filling it up with sugar water, your backyard hummingbirds (and your wallet!) will appreciate this crazy easy DIY project. Just follow these simple instructions to make your very own red SOLO cup hummingbird feeder.

You can make a DIY hummingbird feeder with a red solo cup and few other items.

Here’s what you need:

Red SOLO Cup

SOLO Cup Lid (optional)



Twine or String

Here’s what you do:

Draw the outline of the feeder hole with a marker.

With a marker, draw two half moon shapes on either side of the cup, about two inches up from the bottom.

Cut out the feeder hole with scissors or a craft knife.

Use scissors to cut them out.

Cut out a feeder on each side of the Solo cup.

Make holes on the side of the Solo cup for the string.

Mark two small dots on either side of the cup near the top, just under the rim. Poke out holes with your scissors.

Push string or twine through the holes so that you can hang the feeder.

Cut a piece of twine to whatever length you’ll need to hang it in the location of your choice. Run the twine through the holes at the top and knot the two ends.

A red solo cup makes a great DIY hummingbird feeder.

Fill your shiny new red SOLO cup feeder to within 1/4″ of the bottom part of the hole with homemade hummingbird nectar. This will make it easier for the birds to get to the food while hovering or perching on the flat part. Covering the top with a plastic SOLO cup lid (not pictured) will keep debris and bugs from falling into the sugar water.

And there you have it… a fun, easy hummingbird feeder craft for both kids and adults alike!