|This is one of my favorite suction-cup window feeders made from a tobasco bottle-the birds love it too!|
|This suction cup window feeder is a favorite around our house-it is made from clear, flexible tubing with cork stoppers on the ends and baling wire wrapped around for a perch. The crystal clear tubing allows everyone to see every detail up close|
Yes this is yet another hummingbird feeder post! Sorry, but there has been a lot of response to my previous posts about how to make mason jar feeders and prescription bottle feeders, feeders that attach to your hat brim, feeders you hold in your hand and especially the feeders that suction cup onto your window, bringing the birds closer for curious viewers as well as those who are bed-ridden.
|Suction-cup prescription bottle bird feeder-refer to my earlier post about RX bottle feeders|
|Here are three different types of suction cup window feeders and on the far right, a feeder that attaches to your hat!|
To make this simpler, I will first discuss how to make the bottle-style suction cup feeders and hat clip feeders.
Once you've got the hooks out of your suction cup hangers, you just need wire to wrap around the bottle of your choice. I use baling wire because we have a lot of that around here. Once you've wrapped your bottle, bend the wire hanger perpendicular to your bottle and about 4-6" away, snip the wire off and make a hook on the end. Once you've made your hook, bend it up so that when you put the end of your wire hook through your suction cup hanger, it will hold the feeder at the correct angle.
|Here is a good example of how to wrap the wire around any bottle and make the hook in the end of the wire so that when the hummingbird comes to the feeder you can see it drinking up close and get a full profile.|
click here and I will send one to you.
|This is how you bend the wire so that it clips or attaches onto the brim of your hat.|
First, I actually just happened to have some extra flexible, clear tubing about an inch in diameter lying around the house. Once again, the idea to make it came to me on a night when I couldn't seem to get to sleep. I remembered the tubing and thought it would be cool to make a hummingbird feeder our of it. I got up the next day and set to work. After trying several experimental ideas, I settled on the one you see below because frankly, the birds liked it the best and it didn't leak.
I eye-balled the center of the tubing, heated my nail and made a drink hole large enough to stick the plastic base of the cloth flower blossom. Next I screwed a tiny "I"screw into the top of each of my 2 little corks.
I filled the tube with nectar, stuck the cork back in, took the two suction cup hangers with hooks outside, licked them and stuck them just wide enough to hold the "I"-screwed corks without pulling them out and I tried it out. Honestly it worked ok, but not great until I decided to add the wire wrap for a perch. As soon as I did, it was magic.
Because it is difficult for me to explain clearly, I am sticking another pic of the wire perch above. As you can see, it isn't difficult to do at all. (As you can also see, we decided to paint the wire bright red which went nicely with the bright red flower bud. Do whatever you like to make it fun.)
click here and I can make one for you! Enjoy!
(Quick note: to fill these up, pull out one cork, put your finger over the drink hole and pour the nectar in, then replace your cork and you are ready to go!)