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DIY Hummingbird Perch

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Do you want to attract some hummingbirds? Learn how to make a pretty hummingbird perch with some copper pipe, a small dowel piece and some faux flowers.

Love at first sight! This pretty much sums up my feelings for hummingbirds. My first time meeting these beautiful creatures was 6 years ago (when I came to USA for our wedding), and ever since they became my all-time favorite visitors to our backyard. I think the feeling must be mutual, as they are becoming friendlier than ever. Not like “let’s feed from the closest feeder” friendly, but really REALLY friendly! More like “YAY! The screen doors are open again, let’s party inside!” kind of friendly. And no, we don’t have any feeders hanging inside!


 

This year’s total is 4. Yes, 4 birds came partying in our house and 3 of them were hummingbirds. Luckily, we managed to save them all (don’t forget to check the video above!), but what chaos!…2 adults and a kid, with huge butterfly nets in hands, going from shape to shape to lead the little birds outside without scaring them to death… meanwhile, the dogs are adding more excitement to that scene. Either they run around as if trying to trip us or they find the most convenient place to lay down: right under our feet! Can you imagine the comedy? LOL. But even that won’t stop us from trying to accommodate our gorgeous visitors. Every year as they increase in numbers, we also increase the number of feeders and my DIY hummingbird perches, as they love swinging on them.

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To make a hummingbird perch, all I used was a short dowel (which I found among our son’s old toys), some floral wire, copper pipe (thick and sturdy wire could substitute) and some old faux flowers. I also used a red prism/faux gem, because the red color attracts hummingbirds.

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First, I prepared my dowel pieces. I cut the dowels into 7 inch lengths, then I cut a notch at the both ends of the dowel.

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Now, you might be thinking cutting a notch like that is not easy. I am not going to argue with that, but instead I will give you a workaround. Therefore, if you don’t want to bother with the notches, then just have your 7 inch dowel and move on to the next step.

Next, I cut a 24 inch length of copper pipe and bent it to make an arch shape.

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Then, I took my hammer and the copper arch outside to a stone (or concrete) surface, and hammered the ends of the arch to flatten them. For the dowel with the notches, I flattened only a little part of the ends…

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…but for the dowel with no notches, I flattened a longer part of the copper arch, as shown in picture below.

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With the notch version, I inserted the flattened copper ends into those notches.

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With the notchless version, I placed the dowel on the flattened part and…

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…started to wrap the flattened ends around the dowel.

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Then, I cut the excess part and…

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…hot glued some faux berries on the cut part. This was so the cut copper would be covered and wouldn’t hurt anyone when touched.

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Now that both perch versions were complete, it was time to pretty them up a little bit. For that, I put together a small arrangement of floral picks I had on hand.

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Then, using a floral wire, I attached it along the copper arch.

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This is the one with notch.
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This is the notchless one.

Next, using floral wire, I created hanging loops on the copper arch. As the final touch, I added a red teardrop prism on top.

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Here are our hummingbird perches.

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Pretty, aren’t they? But trust me, they are even prettier when used by our little guests!

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As it is hard to catch a good picture of our little guests, we couldn’t catch any pictures of them on the newer perches, but here are some pictures of this lovely girl on the older perches.

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Handan, xo

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  1. I love this..!
    we have bougainvillea bushes out here, and that is where they love to build a nest. Today i observed 2 hummers..one was on a branch, the other flew in and sat on another branch. Then the first one started moving/twisting its upper body back and forth intensely.. do you know what this might mean?
    I havent seen this behavior before, just certain ones being chased off by the male ,( I am supposing. )He allows the female to eat here, but not others.
    But I found this body twisting different..any ideas?
    It is fascinating you get them to come to your hands. nice!

    1. Hello Bernice, I am not sure what that behavior would mean as I learned everything about hummingbirds from Greg. But just now I searched for it and found a website where talks about all different behavior of hummingbirds:
      http://www.hummingbirdworld.com/h/behavior.htm

      The picture where Greg is holding the hummingbird was during one of our rescue operations. Poor little lady was trying to find the way out from our house and finally got so tired and landed on the table. She had no energy left to move at that point. From there on Greg picked her up gently, fed her and cooled her down. Couple minutes later she came back to her normal and just flew away 🙂

      They normally won’t come to our hands. They’ll come very close and feed from the feeder even when we are next to it, but they won’t come to our hands. Unless it is a rescue we never got the chance to hold them in our hands.

  2. Good morning Handan I love those birds, they are so beautiful. I use to see more of them when I had my trumpet vine bush, but that got a fungus so out it came. I love what you made for them, and its so amazing they came to your hand.

    1. Good morning Sandra! They are awesome aren’t they? They normally don’t come to our hand. It was a picture from our rescue… only those times they have almost no energy they stay in our hand,,,I guess it is so they can gain their energy back.

      But they are not afraid of us. That I know, because they’ll come as close as “nose to nose” and fly a few rounds around us, then go to the closest feeder and feed there while we are almost right next to them 🙂

  3. oh, ok , i will look up the info. I was just watching 2 out of my window, seems one is shaking pretty hard while looking at the other..so maybe mating is happening again here. I have had 2 nests built..and watched the babies grow and fly off. It has been fascinating. One night a wind blew a nest down, we went oiut and tied it back up to the bush ..one egg had fallen out but wasnt viable the chick hung on inside thenest andwas ok!

  4. How adorable is that – I’ve never heard of a hummingbird perch before this. I’ve yet to see a hummingbird in our urban back yard but my kids say they’ve seen them when they were little. Maybe if I make one of these pirches and a feeder, I’ll see them too! Pinning to share.

  5. What a sweet idea, Handan. I’m still smiling from looking at all your photos. I can understand why your hummingbird family is growing (the word is getting out about your lovely hummingbird friendly yard and home 🙂 )

    1. I am sure your hummers will love it! Give them a little time to get used to the perches. Ours never went on the perch for a month or two, but then they couldn’t have enough of it. Now they are all over those perches 😉

  6. I like your tripod holder that you have. Where did you find this? I would like to get one also. It looks good.

    1. Hello John,
      I found mine at the Put & Take (a section of our town dump where people leave things for others to take if they find a use for it), so it was free. I am not sure where to find a similar one, but if you do a search for “hanging basket stand” on Google it should list the similar items 🙂

  7. Those are lovely! We get lots of hummingbirds (usually trapped in our garage!) and managed to save one last year. This would be a wonderful craft for us to make. Pinned.

  8. Those little buggers are my favorite birds! Before moving to the States I only saw them on TV, so to have them in my backyard is incredibly special. We have 5 feeders (they are territorial) and I wanted a perch but didn’t know how to make one. Thanks for sharing your project, I know what I’ll be doing this weekend 🙂

  9. thank you for putting this together. I love humming birds, they are my ultimate favorite bird..but it came due to a very sad reason. When my niece was born she was born at 24 weeks gestation. She fought a hard fight..for 31 days she fought. I was with my brother when she was taking her lasts breaths and to give him some privacy..I walked out, kissed my niece goodbye and told her I loved her. My husband was in training in Louisiana with the Army at the time and I was talking to him. I was out in the courtyard on the phone, crying, and all of a sudden this beautiful little hummingbird came up to me..straight up to my face not even 3 feet away…she stayed there dancing her little flying dance. She left and then came back again, this lasted for about 5 min total…then my mom came in and told me my niece had passed. I knew then that was my niece telling me that she was ok. So hummingbirds hold a very special and dear place in my heart. I now have 2 feeders outside and we have about 4-6 humming birds. Need to get more feeders…they are very territorial, the ones that come and visit.

  10. I love hummingbirds too. So delicate but yet so determined. Thanks for the idea & instructions along with the photos. Here in Southeast Texas the heat & humidity gets to everyone & every thing. These cute little joys need their rest & nutrition. Thank you so much for all your work on your site & sharing with us.

  11. Hello. I came across your site. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas of how you made them. You have inspired me to create some.

    1. Thank you so much, Christine! I am so glad you are inspired by our projects. I hope you visit us often, as every week we are creating something new 😉

  12. Very cool and very doable! I’m gathering my summer garden ideas. I like to make some small changes to my garden. Last year I took a red, white, and blue theme to it. This year, I might focus in the direction of birds and butterflies. Last year, we had 5 different woodpeckers that I could id plus some orioles. At least 2 different varieties. Hummers were here just because I added some really pretty flowers and my hostas seemed to have flowered forever. Happy Hummers last summer!

  13. Lovely set up. Been feeding hummers for years and they are the joy of the days. I hope everyone remembers to feed them a mixture of 4 to 1 ratio water to plain white sugar. None of the red stuff from stores. And clean the insides and outsides of the feeders often. I use a baby bottle brush, works great. Happy Humming!!~

    1. Thank you so much, Mindy! We never use store bought Hummingbird food. Greg prepares it himself. Oh and cleaning the bottles is a great reminder – we do it every time we refill the bottles, but I know many people forget that. Happy Humming to you too!

  14. This year’s total is 4. Yes, 4 birds came partying in our house and 3 of them were hummingbirds. Luckily, we managed to save them all (don’t forget to check the video above!), but what chaos!…2 adults and a kid, with huge butterfly nets in hands, going from shape to shape to lead the little birds outside without scaring them to death… meanwhile, the dogs are adding more excitement to that scene. Either they run around as if trying to trip us or they find the most convenient place to lay down: right under our feet! Can you imagine the comedy? LOL. But even that won’t stop us from trying to accommodate our gorgeous visitors. Every year as they increase in numbers, we also increase the number of feeders and my DIY hummingbird perches, as they love swinging on them.

    1. LOL, it’s a just a rite of passage each spring, I guess! Doors open, fresh air, and lost hummers looking for food! Glad you get them all out safely!

  15. I am sure your hummers will love it! Give them a little time to get used to the perches. Ours never went on the perch for a month or two, but then they couldn’t have enough of it. Now they are all over those perches ?kite developer

  16. Here in Southeast Texas the heat & humidity gets to everyone & every thing. These cute little joys need their rest & nutrition. Thank you so much for all your work on your site & sharing with us.