How to Make a DIY Bee Feeder

5 materials
1 Hour

Learn how to make a DIY bee feeder with a mason jar or upcycled mayonnaise jar. This is an easy craft, and it's great for older kids or adults. Use it to supplement your bees in the spring and fall.

Bees don't need food all the time. They can't make honey from sugar water, so don't give them food all the time. You should only supplement in the early spring and in the late fall. They may need some extra food in the summer when it's very dry. Learn more about how and when to supplement in my DIY bee feeder post. You can also use this as a bee waterer in the summer.

You will need:

  • Watering lid
  • Thick yarn or nautical rope
  • E6000 glue
  • Black felt
  • 30 ounce mason jar or quart jar
  • Pebbles
  • Scissors
  • Scrap cardboard

Spread the glue on the bottom of the jar. Use the scrap cardboard to spread it around because it will ruin a brush. Then start in the middle of the bottom and wrap the yarn around. Add more glue in small sections and wrap until you reach the neck of the jar.

Cut a 2 inch circle with black felt. Cut a small piece of yarn to wrap around it and glue in place.

Fill the jar with sugar water. I use 1:1 sugar and water. Heat the water and then remove from heat. Add the sugar and let cool. Then fill up the jar, attach the lid, and add the rocks. Bees need the rocks because they can't swim.

Then set in your yard for the bees. Remember to only feed sugar water when you need to. If there's nectar, they should be eating nectar.

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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