How to Make a Wine Bottle Hummingbird Feeder

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Make your own hummingbird feeder and attract this guy to your yard.
Make your own hummingbird feeder and attract this guy to your yard. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Many people like to watch hummingbirds because they are pretty and have elegant body lines. These small, colorful birds dart and flit through flowers and tree branches, shying away from human observation. To attract hummingbirds, some hang hummingbird feeders from their porches, fences or trees. You can make a hummingbird feeder at home with a few simple tools and a wine bottle. This not only gives hummingbirds a place to feed near your home, it also gives you a way to recycle a wine bottles instead of tossing it.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty wine bottle
  • Copper craft wire
  • Pliers
  • Wire snips
  • Warm water
  • Scrub brush
  • Vegetable oil
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Sugar
  • Funnel
  • Hummingbird feeder tube

Rinse and dry an empty wine bottle. Make sure there is no wine left; the scent will drive away hummingbirds. Dampen labels with warm water and peel them off, using oil and a scrub brush to remove any paper or adhesive left behind.

Wrap copper craft wire around the neck of your wine bottle, just under the lip of the opening. Wrap three or four coils close together around the neck; then wrap the wire up the bottle, spacing the coils about 3 inches apart. At the base of the bottle, bend the wire into a loop and twist the loop closed.

Bring 4 cups of water to a simmer in a medium-sized saucepan and dissolve about a cup of sugar into the water. Warming the water makes it easier to dissolve the sugar. The scent of the sugar will help draw hummingbirds since they feed on sweet flower nectar.

Allow the water to cool to room temperature before pouring it through a funnel into the wine bottle.

Push a hummingbird feeder tube into the bottle’s opening, making sure the stopper is secure. Turn the bottle upside-down and hang it wherever you like. Hummingbirds will find it and begin feeding.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hummingbird feeder tubes come with a cork-like stopper attached, and are usually available wherever you find bird feeding supplies.
  • Don't add red dye to the hummingbird mixture -- it's not healthy for the birds.

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