By General Crafts Contributor Michelle
Make a simple perch swing for the hummingbirds in your yard.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- 14 Gauge Wire.
- 22 Gauge Wire.
- Red Beads.
- Panacea Wire Cutters Needle Nose 5″.
- A Stick.
- 7 Gypsies Princesca Acrylic Crystals 8 pc, or Crystal Beads.
To begin unroll some of your 16-gauge wire, and figure out what size you want your arch to be. Add approximately 12-inches more to that length, and cut the wire. Find the middle of the wire, bend a loop by forming it around a stick, marker, or something else round, and twist to hold.
Bend the wire into an arch shape.
Wrap the ends of the wire around the ends of the stick to hold, making sure the arch is even.
To make the berry clusters, cut a length of 22-gauge wire about 18-inches long. Slide one bead to the very middle, fold the ends down around the bead, and twist the ends together.
Bend one of the ends of the wire out, and thread another bead on about 1-inch from the twisted wires. Bend the same wire back over the top of the bead, fold, and twist like you did in the previous step.
Continue adding beads and making stalks with both tails of the wire until you have a cluster. Twist the remaining wire together to form the main stalk. Make two clusters.
Wrap the berry clusters around the top of the arch.
Add a crystal, or other decoration to the middle of the arch.
Hang your hummingbird perch swing near flowers, a feeder, or somewhere where you see hummingbirds sit in your yard, and wait for visitors!