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How To Make a Hummingbird Feeder

Last year, I was invited to be a vendor at a local wine festival. While trying to decide which pieces I would take, I thought it would be nice to make something tailored to the event.

I'm a huge fan of hummingbirds, and at first, considered a wine bottle shaped hummingbird feeder. While designing it (in my head) I thought, this is a wine festival duh, there will be hundreds of empty bottles why not make something to hold them? So, I sat down and drew up a template for hand-building a decorative strap system. Want to give it a try? Follow the steps below and impress yourself!

  • Make a template for the base
    • using a protractor, draw a circle 9" in diameter
    • to create the inner circle, resize the protractor to 6"
    • find center and draw a line to divide in half
    • from the center line, use a ruler to mark 1/4" from bottom of inside circle and 1/2" from top of outside circle on both rings
    • cut out template and use the larger piece for your pattern


  • Roll out a slab of clay large enough to accommodate a 16"x1 1/2" strap, 3- 5"x1" straps and the pattern you just cut out
  • Follow the steps outlined in the pictures below
    • step 1 step 2 step 3
    • Make sure to punch holes in the rim for hanging
      • holes
      • Bisque Fire
      • Glaze your favorite color
      • Add a wine bottle and feeder tip (feeder tips can be purchased all over the internet)
      • Mix 4 parts water to 1 part sugar in a bowl and microwave for 4 minutes to dissolve the sugar.
      • Fill the feeder and hang it where you think the little guys will visit. Note on filling... make sure the feeder is filled all the way. The stopper needs to touch the liquid when you put it in the bottle to prevent an air pocket, otherwise; the feeder will leak.

Finished Feeder

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