The Unlikely Dollar Tree Find That Doubles As A Handheld Hummingbird Feeder

There's nothing quite like watching hummingbirds flitting around your garden, especially if they're interacting with any DIY hummingbird feeders that you have installed. However, rather than observing from afar, you could instead get up close and personal with these adorable creatures by using one item from the Dollar Tree that doubles as a bird feeder. The item in question? A travel salad dressing container. While it may seem like an unusual item to use, it works a treat if you want to try feeding hummingbirds with a handheld feeder.

Not only does it allow you to get a better view of the hummingbirds, but it's also not too costly and is safe to use. If you're a nature lover, you'll undoubtedly love this. It is also incredibly easy to fit in your hand, which means there shouldn't be too much danger of dropping it. With over 300 species of hummingbirds darting around, you're bound to see plenty of visitors. Below, we'll break down the steps for you to try this nifty hack out for yourself.

Convert a travel salad dressing container to a hummingbird feeder

Opt for a container with a red cap if you can, as it may increase the likelihood of hummingbirds flocking to you. Draw or attach artificial flowers on the bottle to make it more attractive to the birds. Then, fill your container with hummingbird food. You could also make your own hummingbird nectar, which should attract just as many birds and is also easy to make. Once filled, just open the lid and wait for your winged friends to arrive. You will likely have to be patient the first few times you try. After all, the hummingbirds will have to find you first and get used to you.

The reason this hack works is because the bottle is small enough to fit comfortably in your hand, while the hole in the top is just big enough to allow a bird's beak to fit inside. Birds can also perch on the bottle lid while they feed, making it perfect for you to stand back and observe. Just make sure you hold it tightly, so it doesn't slip out of your hand. You could even create your own version using a small dish or bottle. Simply drill a hole big enough for a hummingbird's beak into the top. Be sure to clean your feeder regularly. This way, you can keep the hummingbirds coming back for more.