How to Make a Hummingbird Feeder

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By Recycled Crafts Contributor, Anitra from the blog “Coffee Pot People”.  

Did you know that not all hummingbirds migrate in the winter? It’s true! And not only do they survive winter temperatures very well, feeding them year-round is a Good Thing, and will garner you what very few people see: hummingbirds at your feeders in the dead of winter. For a very good article on this subject, visit here.

That said, let’s get busy and make our own hummingbird feeder, and give those hardy little hummers something to eat!

You’ll need:

To begin, clean your bottle thoroughly and let it dry. Lay it on the table and cut enough wire to go up one side and down the other with enough extra to leave a nice size hanging loop:

On each end of the wire make a wire-wrapped loop:

Now cut a piece of wire about five inches longer than the circumference of the neck of your bottle where the shoulder begins to widen:

Thread this wire through the loops of your longer wire:

Loop the short wire around the neck, and twist to fit. Don’t try to make it a tight fit. Just tighten it enough to be near the shoulder of the bottle:

Position the wrapped loops of the long wire so they’re on opposite sides of the bottle neck, smooth the wire down the sides of the bottle, and bend it sharply over the bottom, twisting at the center to create a big loop:

Glue flat marbles to the bottom of the bottle in a pleasing pattern. Be sure to put at least one or two of the marbles directly over the wire. That creates a kind of glass-wire-glass sandwich, and will keep the wire from coming loose. Stand your bottle in a glass and let the glue dry.

At this point, your hummingbird feeder is ready to use. All you need to do is fill it, put the nozzle in, and hang it up. But wouldn’t it be fun to decorate the sides? That’s what my mom, aunt, daughter and I did, and here are our finished feeders:

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About Anitra

Anitra Cameron had the good fortune to be born into a family where creativity ran rampant. Her father has authored several books and worked as a photographer and her mother hand-painted portraits. Anitra’s favorite crafts to make are: Jewelry (especially using buttons), collaged book marks, miniature cake stands, all from recycled materials. Anitra’s moto: “Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do, or do without.” Live with that long enough and you’ll never want to throw anything away, so best to turn it into art! Anitra lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, where their combined family’s total seven children, and (so far) seventeen grandchildren. Recently Anitra became a great-grandmother of a darling little boy! You can find more of Anitra’s work at “Coffee Pot People”.

8 thoughts on “How to Make a Hummingbird Feeder

  1. Anitra Stone

    Hello from another Anitra who also likes hummingbirds! I really like the idea of decorating the bottles with the red & yellow glass baubles — hummers really like those colors!

  2. ArtSnark

    great project! My son just told me he wants to make a feeder for his grandfather’s hummers. This is perfect – thanks for sharing

  3. Marie

    My daughter and I were going to make these today. We went and got the supplies and Petsmart does not carry the nozzle without the attachment. I suppose I’ll have to order them somewhere.

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