6.11.2010

Wine Bottle Hummingbird Feeder

We made a hummingbird feeder today! And it was made from a wine bottle!


I cleaned the labels off then began wrapping copper jewelry wire in rings to hold the bottle.
I found a stopper with a hole in it and copper tubing at the local Science and Surplus store.
To bed the copper tubing without crimping it, I stopped one end with my low temp glue gun and added a very soapy solution through a funnel and stuck it in the freezer. 
I had to work quickly once I was ready to bend it, because that soapy solution melts fast!  But you have just enough time to get a pretty curve in it.


Then I found a pen at the dollar store that had a mirrored flower rhinestone set on it. I pulled it off and wrapped wire around it to attach it to the bottle.
Then I added the hummingbird nectar (1 part sugar to 4 parts boiled water NO food coloring)
To hang this I took a key ring and threaded it through the crossing of the wires on the top (original bottom) and then looped a copper chain to go around the branch and back to the key ring.

It turned out pretty nice!

Now we wait for the hummingbirds to arrive!




27 comments:

  1. I love hummingbird feeders! This is a wonderful idea! I can just imagine what a green bottle would like!

    Blessings to you,
    lana @ ilovemy5kids

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  2. This is such a fun idea, and very cute!

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  3. This is an awesome idea. So pretty!

    Thanks for adding my party button to your blog. I've added your button to my blog roll.

    Thanks for linking up to Saturday is Crafty Day!
    Laura @ along for the ride

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  4. This is adorable! I like the look of yours MUCH better than the store bought variety. Love the bling you added. :)

    Donna

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  5. I am going to have to try this hummingbird feeder..I know I have a wine bottle I can donate to the project! I agree with Donna, the best part is the blingy rosette! The copper wire makes it special.

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  6. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

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  7. I really like your hummingbird feeder! I'm going to have to try this!

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

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  8. I chose this project as one of my favorites from last week's Mad Skills party, so I will be featuring it today!

    madincrafts.blogspot.com

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  9. Hi! I found you at the Mad Skills party. I love your hummingbird feeder! My 11 yo son is an avid birdwatcher and we are always on the lookout for new feeder ideas! We'll definitely have to do this one! I'd love to have you link this up to my garden party at http://keeninspirations.blogspot.com. It starts tomorrow and goes through Friday. There will be fun give aways each day! Hope you can join us!
    Sharon

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  10. Beautiful, creative, decorative, useful, and the hummers must love it.

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  11. May I feature your post on my blog for article about uses for old wine bottles? It's so pretty!

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  12. To GirlsOnWine:

    ABSOLUTELY! Please do! I would love to see it there.
    Shoot me a quick email to let me know where I can find you and your blog.

    Allie - Alliemakes at gmail dot com

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  13. Your creativity is beyond anything I could imagine. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. love it! great idea miss allie!

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  15. wait, what did you put on the end of the tube to prevent the solution from spilling out?

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  16. Artanon has a good question. I made one, it's beautiful, but it drips pretty bad....got any solutions?

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  17. To bed the copper tubing without crimping it, I stopped one end with my low temp glue gun and added a very soapy solution through a funnel and stuck it in the freezer.
    I had to work quickly once I was ready to bend it, because that soapy solution melts fast! But you have just enough time to get a pretty curve in it.

    Can you explain this better....What does the above mean...freezer...soap solution?? I need better instruction please!

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    1. I think she meant "to BEND the copper tubing". Maybe the soapy solution is just soapy water to kind of insulate the tube so it doesn't crimp when bending the tubing and it freezes faster and works better than just water?

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    2. I had the exact same question... can you please explain "To bed the copper tubing without crimping it, I stopped one end with my low temp glue gun and added a very soapy solution through a funnel and stuck it in the freezer.
      I had to work quickly once I was ready to bend it, because that soapy solution melts fast! But you have just enough time to get a pretty curve in it."

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  18. I, also would like to know how to keep the feeder from dripping.

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  19. You can fill the copper tubing with sand while you bend it. Or you can go on Amazon and buy a dozen of the nozzle thingies already made to fit into the bottle for about $15. I'm kinda stuck on how to twist the wires around the bottle so that it is secure but looks nice...mine looks like I got a bunch of fishing line tangled up or something!

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  20. The one thing I do not get is how you have kept it from dripping...great idea, but wonder how that critical detail works. Can you please explain? Thank you-

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  21. The one thing I do not get is how you have kept it from dripping...great idea, but wonder how that critical detail works. Can you please explain? Thank you-

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  22. The DIY Wine Bottle Hummingbird Feeder is so cool. Featured you on Homemade Wine Bottle Crafts

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  23. How do you keep it from dripping ? I don't understand that part please explain.

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