Make This Hummingbird Water Feeder

Make a Stenciled DIY Hummingbird water feeder from scrap wood in easy steps

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Make This Hummingbird Water Feeder

Today’s project was inspired by some amazing hummingbirds that visit our flower beds almost daily.

I can see these beds from my desk and I’ve enjoyed watching the birds swarm around the zinnias and lantana.

I love where my desk is located because inspiration occurs just by looking out the window.

My original plan was to make a hummingbird feeder and while bird watching I noticed they were sneaking drinks from Dixie’s water dish.

It seemed a hummingbird water feeder was a better idea.

Begin with 2 x 6 scrap wood

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Supply List

Let’s begin with a very simple and I mean simple supply list.  I didn’t even have to cut wood this time because these pieces were perfect as is and they came from the scrap bin.  For that reason, I’m not including measurements because it would be better to make this stand to compliment your environment.  Meaning, you might want it taller?

  • 2 Pieces of 2 x 6 boards.
  • Dixie Belle Paint – Coffee Bean, Buttercream and Tea Rose, found here.
  • Dixie Belle Clear Coat, found here.
  • Cutting Edge Stencil – Magnolia Vine, found here.
  • Paint and Stencil brushes.
  • Painters Tape.
  • Nails or screws will work just fine.
  • Hammer or Drill to insert.
  • Water dish, I used a pie dish.

Paint boards any color

Painting the Boards

I painted the tall board with Dixie Belle coffee bean and the small with buttercream.

I love these two colors and I’m pretty sure they’re going to be a staple for outdoor projects at Quail Grove.

They blend and yet pop perfectly with the outdoors.

When I finished applying a gracious coat of paint I let them dry overnight because I wasn’t really sure what would come next.

Sometimes a good night rest can really spark creativity the next day.

Transfer design from Cutting Edge Stencils

Magnolia Vine Stencil

I’ve had this Magnolia vine stencil for a while and I’ve used it a couple times but haven’t shared it on the blog because I was waiting for the right moment.

Sometimes circular stencils are overlooked because maybe they don’t fit on the entire board or maybe they’re just a little too whimsy?

This is when you have to look beyond the circular shape and visualize what it could become beyond its shape.


Two Tone Stenciling

Two Tone Stencil

For my stencil tips take a moment to read how to stencil here The key to a successful project will always be less paint on your brush and dot for a clean transfer.

With this project it’s even more important because I used two colors and wanted a very light display of wonderful.  Stencil transfer included coffee bean and tea rose.

When less paint creates art

For the stem of this feeder tea rose and buttercream established this transfer.  Just a little bit of design on each side of the board was included so it wasn’t over the top.

It would have also been neat to overlap on the sides, I thought about that but decided against it.

Connecting the Boards with Nails

Connecting the Boards

I drilled two pilot holes and hammered the small board into the top of the long board.

It was pretty simple and if you’re not sure what a pilot hole is well that tip can be found here.

Clear coat the project before outside install

Clear Coat Outside Projects

I love this clear coat from Dixie Belle paint and I use it on all my outdoor projects for longevity and protection against sunlight.

It’s very easy to apply and dries quick.  Any paint brush will work for this application just remember to wash the brush when completed.

Always add a clear coat for outside projects once paint and stencil applications are completely dry.

Install in raised bed

Outdoors to Install Water Feeder

Originally my plan was to use screws for installation but I ended up using nails.

I attached from the inside of the raised bed which involved moving back some dirt, inserting the feeder and attaching it with nails.

Having the holes drilled in the board prior was a huge help.

Once installed I moved the dirt back and went on to the final step.

Add the Dish and fill with water

Final Step the Water Dish

The final step was to add the water dish; it sits right on top of the wood with an overhang. If you don’t like the overhang  it’s easy enough to go with a smaller dish or a larger board.

My plan is to change out this dish when winter arrives with a feeder dish, I love the versatility this project offers.

Use any type of dish that holds water and set on top, if you want something more secure apply adhesive tape or glue.

I also added a petrified rock found when picking up rocks for our walk path, these rocks are so neat and the detail is incredible.

If you missed that project find it here.


The view from my desk is what I enjoy the most especially now with this new addition, it just makes me smile.

Even though it 100 some degrees out there I can continue to admire this space and begin thinking about what I will plant in those empty spaces for fall.

I’m thinking incorporating something hummingbirds will like is best because I’ve really enjoyed their visits.

If you have bird activity in your garden think about adding a simple water feature like this for their benefit.


Hummingbird water feeder in the flower beds


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  1. ColleenB.-Tx. says:

    What a cool idea. Just one thing I would add to the pie plate to attract the hummers and that is, I would use some red paint or bright red nail polish and paint the underside of the pie plate handles. I do like your idea on how easy it is to change and clean the pie dish.
    The little hummers are so much fun to watch

    1. Carole says:

      Hello Colleen – Get this the flowers have been attracting the hummers so that’s just straight water for them and the other birds to enjoy during the hot season. I’ve really been enjoying them this summer – they’re fascinating.

  2. Penny says:

    Good Morning Carol, (I think it might be afternoon where you are thou, if so, Good Afternoon ?)
    Here in Australia, we are in winter, cold but No snow comes to my area. We stay in the positive degrees, and I enjoy winter here as you can get out and in the garden. I have a bird bath I made from glass too, with 2 big glass jars as a pedestal filled with white rocks from my property. I watch all the birds use it and love it so much, all year round.
    Nature has so much to offer us, we just need to stop and look at what we are blessed with.
    I feed my wild life too, that includes my lovely rock wallabies (cute smaller kangaroos, but with the cutest of faces)
    Thankyou for your regular updates on Quail Farm, and inspirational projects you have. I sooooo look forward to your emails arriving. Your a regular Blessing….. Thankyou ???

    1. Carole says:

      Penny it’s so good to hear from you. I’ve missed you! You always make me smile and I’m so glad you’re enjoying those emails. I so agree with stopping and looking at what we’re blessed with. It truly changes everything and offers amazing perspective. Sp I had to google “Rock Wallabies” So cute!! Now I want to know more about them I love their sweet faces. What an amazing place you live. – Enjoy a great weekend! -Carole

  3. Karen says:

    This is such a neat project and I love how you went with the inspiration you got from those tiny, gorgeous birds. They were asking for this – and I’m sure it won’t be long at all before you see them enjoying it. What a relaxing sight it must be to see this from your desk window…your projects are so inspiring because they are so practical, yet full of the beautiful things in life we so often overlook. Thank you for the beautiful reminder.

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Karen -I agree it was like they were asking for it and they have already showed up to use it. I have a great view from my desk, it looks out to the gardens, bridge and creek. It also has a great view of the future of Quail Grove. We should be getting things rolling again once the extreme heat breaks down to the 90’s. September is going to be busy.

  4. daisy says:

    I love the pie plate you used as a waterer. I will have to pick one up at the ReStore next time we go. Great, simple project that will give you so much pleasure.

    1. Carole says:

      Originally I was going to use a terracotta saucer but wanted something different and with the saucer I would have had to seal it to keep water from soaking in. So yes next time I go to the second hand store (There is one near the farmer’s market) I’m going to see if I can find a smaller pie dish.

  5. Patti says:

    What a great project. I love the ombre effect you made with the different colors on the stencil. The rock on top was a great idea too. This will give any bird or even bees a place to rest while they take a drink.

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Patti – that stenciling was fun just something a little different. I’m hoping the rock will be a fun spot to rest as well. Hope your weekend is fantastic!

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