Thursday, May 2, 2013

DIY Hummingbird feeders

You know I'm all about the PINTEREST!
So when I happened to see wine bottle hummingbird feeders, 
I had to give them a try.
They are extremely simple to make.  All you need is a wine bottle, some heavy gauge copper wire, wire cutters, and some stopper/feeder tubes (I got mine off of Amazon:  HERE)

It's a simple as wrapping the wire around the wine bottle and making a hanger at the top.  You can make swirls, curls, or just criss cross like I did.

Then fill your clean wine bottle with a sugar and water solution.  Use one part sugar to four parts water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.  No need for any of that red dye stuff.

Hang your feeder and you're good to go!
This feeder is right outside my kitchen window.  I love to watch the little guys while I'm cooking and doing dishes.  It may take up to a week for the hummers to find your feeder if this is the first time you're putting one up.

I made three feeders from old bottles I had stashed.  I'd love to make some for friends and family, so you know what that means.....I better get to drinking some wine!

You know, for the hummingbirds, 
'cause I'm a giver!

And while I'm sipping on that wine,
enjoy this little video we made of our hummer feeding frenzy!


Cheryl Barney said...

I've made several feeders now, what has me puzzled is some of them continuously drip, some last a couple days, any ideas why?

JoAnnC. said...

Yes, mine dripped too the first filling! Here's how you avoid that: These type of feeders work on a vacuum. So fill the wine bottle completely full and then put your cork in and invert. It creates a vacuum and won't drip but the hummers can still feed.

Tracy Holland said...

What kind of wire did you use? Is that 14 gauge?

JoAnnC. said...

Yes, it's 14 gauge.

Anonymous said...

Thank You for the tip to prevent leaking when I went on amazon to order them the feedback was so negative about the leaking problems it tuned me off to buy them. Now I will give it a try