Buffalo Checked DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate

Learn how to make a Buffalo Checked DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate using red Christmas lights to keep nectar from freezing during winter! Click to view helpful video and full tutorial!

Buffalo Checked DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate

You might call me a hummingbird fan…

After viewing how successful my neighbour next door has been with her hummingbird feeders all summer long, I wanted in!

I actually had glass hummingbird feeder, but the red stuff covering the glass part was flaking off. So I decided to replace it with a new plastic hummingbird feeder from my local hardware store for a whoppin’ $10.

I was immediately impressed at how RED it was! And yes, it became a pretty popular spot! But I have noticed it does drip when the birds feed off it, so for that reason, I generally have the feeder hanging in between the two ferns so it drips to the ground down below.

Then we recently got a super cold snap with the wind howling. It looked like the hummingbirds had quite the time with the feeder twirling in the wind!

So I decided to snoop around in my stash to see if I could come up with a DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate fix of some sort to better protect the feeder.

Buffalo Checked humming bird heater feeder crate

Then, BAM! How perfect would an already red Buffalo Check painted crate be at attracting them?!

Meant to be I say.

If you’d like to Buffalo Check up a crate like this too, here’s how I did it:

How to Buffalo Check / Plaid a plain crate:

 

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 To achieve this layered patterned look, Buffalo Check was stenciled on first, then the thin lines of Plaid Shirt over top.

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Learn how to make a Buffalo Checked DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate using red Christmas lights to keep nectar from freezing during winter! Click to view helpful video and full tutorial!

Once the crate was flipped on its side, it was the perfect proportion to house the hummingbird feeder inside!

An eye hook was screwed in, and nearly called it done.

The crate blocked the wind VERY well… but the hummingbirds somewhat resisted it. And since we were close to freezing temperatures, I wanted to come up with a way to keep it warmer so the feeder didn’t freeze.

I then rummaged through (more like YANKED the entire contents) of the storage area underneath the stairs, and found a string of red Christmas lights… Yay!

But it’s what happened after that stunned me. Once the lights were added, the hummingbirds visited in twos! Because of those red Christmas lights!

So today I’m going to share how I turned this crate into a pretty epic DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate using Christmas lights that not only attracted the hummingbirds even more thanks to the red lights, it’s toasty warm for them too!

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Buffalo Checked DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate

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Learn how to make a Buffalo Checked DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate using red Christmas lights to keep nectar from freezing during winter! Click to view helpful video and full tutorial!

Supplies I used:

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Learn how to insert light bars into a crate to DIY a hummingbird feeder heater to keep the nectar from freezing!

How-to:

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Creating light bars:

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At first I tried stapling the lights directly inside the crate. But it was a fiasco. Space was just too tight. Creating ‘light bars’ worked best.

1. Do a space test run with the hummingbird feeder and the crate, and decide where the lights have the most space.

2. Cut two strips of wood the length of the inside of the crate.

3. Decide how you’ll lay out the lights, figuring out an entry and exit with the Christmas lights.

You will need the old school Christmas lights that get hot. LED won’t work.

I started my string of lights from the bottom working up, then across the crate to the other side, then down again, with the string exiting on the bottom corner.

4. With the first light positioned to run across the short left to right, staple the first light close to the bottom of one strip of wood.

Hold the light in place, then staple on both sides of the light as close as you can get to secure it.

5. Wind the cord a couple of times around the strip of wood, until you decide on your next light position. Staple the light into place.

My wound cord ended up being kinda loose, so you may wish to use a wider piece of wood so the cord is used up and becomes tighter moreso.


Learn how to insert light bars into a crate to DIY a hummingbird feeder heater to keep the nectar from freezing!

Inserting light bars

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6. Once one strip of wood is covered in lights, ensure you leave enough loose wire in between the two strips before starting the 2nd.

Learn how to make a Buffalo Checked DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate using red Christmas lights to keep nectar from freezing during winter! Click to view helpful video and full tutorial!

7. Cover the next strip.

8. Staple the cords down in between the lights along the front and back so they stay in place.

Learn how to insert light bars into a crate to DIY a hummingbird feeder heater to keep the nectar from freezing!

Learn how to make a Buffalo Checked DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate using red Christmas lights to keep nectar from freezing during winter! Click to view helpful video and full tutorial!

Attaching the light bars

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9. Insert the wood strips with lights inside the crate, then play around with their positioning to ensure the lights don’t touch the crate nor hummingbird feeder.

I decided my hummingbird feeder fit better if I laid the wood strips so the lights faced each other as opposed to facing towards me.

10. Secure the wood strips from the outside of the crate with screws.

And guess what… you just made a DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate!

Learn how to make a Buffalo Checked DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate using red Christmas lights to keep nectar from freezing during winter! Click to view helpful video and full tutorial!

The finished DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate!

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I screwed the crate right onto the patio rails, plugged in the lights, and BAM. I had clients within moments! They visited in twos! I was pretty thrilled!

Learn how to make a Buffalo Checked DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate using red Christmas lights to keep nectar from freezing during winter! Click to view helpful video and full tutorial!

Here’s a great comparison.

The crate with no red lights on.

Learn how to make a Buffalo Checked DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate using red Christmas lights to keep nectar from freezing during winter! Click to view helpful video and full tutorial!

And here’s the lights on…

Buffalo Checked humming bird feeder heaterLearn how to make a Buffalo Checked DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate using red Christmas lights to keep nectar from freezing during winter! Click to view helpful video and full tutorial!

Finally, add a red hummingbird feeder, and try and keep them away from this little red toasty warm oasis!

Learn how to make a Buffalo Checked DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate using red Christmas lights to keep nectar from freezing during winter! Click to view helpful video and full tutorial!

I love seeing the hummingbird feeder heater crate lit up… especially at night! It’ll be neat to see if hummingbirds feed during the evening hours.

But I’m not entirely certain if this current fix will do the trick when the real snow flies. I imagine I should maybe cover the feeder up along the top to keep the heat in where the nectar is, so I will experiment.

As-is, the Christmas lights sure throw off some decent heat though!

Learn how to make a Buffalo Checked DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate using red Christmas lights to keep nectar from freezing during winter! Click to view helpful video and full tutorial!

I already have visions of perhaps creating a hummingbird feeder heater using old windows to mimic a little greenhouse. That would really let that glowy red light shine through!

But for now, I get the comfort of knowing my little hummingbird friends will have plenty of warm and toasty meals ahead.

Are you a hummingbird fan too? What do you have out for them?

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13 thoughts on “Buffalo Checked DIY Hummingbird feeder heater crate

  1. Wow! Donna, that is such an ingenious idea. The hummingbirds must be so cozy when they are eating. The red plaid is gorgeous. I love red and plaid so this makes me want to make one, though not for hummingbirds just to use as maybe a kitchen utensil holder.
    Carol b

  2. SO cute and very inventive 🙂 I will have to try look for some old school lights now!
    Another suggestion that might work for other hummer lovers, but would definitely need your cuteness worked into it somehow!… My brother was taking off for a vacation and a cold spell was coming during his absence. He did not want to leave them and have their feeder freeze while he was away. He has a covered pergola close by so he first moved the feeder to make sure they would go it it when moved. Then he hooked up an electric blanket and set the feeder on the blanket and voila! A feeder that was kept from freezing!

  3. That’s absolutely fascinating. I know hummingbirds are attracted to bright colors but would never have thought to enclose their feeder in a bright form to make it more cozy. Do you have to change their nectar more often Donna?

  4. Very ingenious invention, with your own unique look! I hope they enjoy all your efforts! We enjoy the hummingbirds flitting around the garden surrounding our porch; they get pretty close sometimes! They drink the nectar of the flowers, so I feed them that way, I guess. Unfortunately, they need to fly someplace warmer in the winter; no way their little bodies could survive our cold. Maybe they’ll come to your house now!

  5. Here in Colorado we are warned to quit feeding the hummingbirds on Labor Day to encourage them to go south. Otherwise they stick around and freeze. Don’t know if that applies to your neck of the woods.

  6. All the hummingbirds in Minnesota just flew North for the winter instead of South so they could try out that cute, warm feeder!

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