It’s Saturday and I know we all have a ton of things we want to do, especially if you are having weather like we are here in Arkansas today. After a week of rainy days, we woke up to beautiful sunshine streaming through the windows. So let me be quick about today’s post so we can get on to other activities.
It’s a quick and super simple way to add a hummingbird feeder to your hanging baskets.I have a fondness for hummingbirds. I always wished for them when I lived in Illinois and when I moved to Arkansas, living near a wooded area, I was determined to have them. And I do! I have hummingbird feeders’ right outside my office window – complete with hummingbirds. Each day I have the pleasure of watching them as they enjoy their meals.
One recent evening, while on our back deck, we noticed the hummingbirds flying through the air but not finding anything that intrigued them to stop and take a drink. As this is a favorite unwinding place of mine, I really wished they would stop and linger just a bit. This is mostly a shaded area. Ferns seem to thrive the best here. However, the little fellows just aren’t too interested in them.
Not wanting to drill more holes in the wood to hang additional feeders, I had to think of another option to attract the little ones.
I knew of baskets that had chains that hung them and thought – if only I could make the chains hang upside down. The more I thought about it – it occurred to me – just maybe I could!
I took a trip to Lowe’s and purchased a package of small chain. And I remembered my package of shower curtain hooks. Let me say right here – these shower curtain hooks have come in handy for so many projects. I always keep a bag on hand. With the two together, I began making my “upside down chain” to hold the hummingbird feeders.
In less than ten minutes I had the creation completed.
I measured the length of chain I would need by using the distance from the top of my basket to the position under my basket where I wanted my feeder to hang. Because the basket my ferns held had three attached hangers, I would need three pieces of chain of the measured length. Mine chains were approximately 18 inches in length. I didn’t even cut the chain. Simply use a pair of needle nosed pliers to spread the chain links apart.
I attached the curtain hooks to one end of each of the lengths of chain.
Once this was completed, I simply attached a single hook to each bracket holding the basket. The chains hung down from each bracket.
After all of the chains were attached, I pulled all three chains together with another curtain hook.
Finally, I hung the feeder from the curtain hook and waited for the hummingbirds to find their dinner.
I wondered – would they be attracted to this feeder?
I didn’t have to wait long because much to my delight, within a day I had hummingbirds feasting at the table!
Do you love hummingbirds as much as I do? I would love to have you share your “hummingbird” love! I have a friend who has nearly 50 hummingbirds at her feeders every evening. They put on quite a show!