Coke Bottle Hummingbird Feeder UPDATE…Having Trouble With the Base? Try This Instead!
I, like you one time or another have made mistakes, and sometimes found that one particular way to do something could always be improved upon….that’s what makes crafting so great. There are no strict rules about how to “do” something (other than common sense stuff like not inhaling paint thinner, etc.)
If you read, and enjoyed, m y previous post on putting together a nifty hummingbird feeder out of a coke bottle and an assortment of oddities, perhaps you might have tried to apply it too. If you got stuck somewhere, I bet a steak dinner it was the base part. Well, me too…I was not very satisfied with the one I made from scratch which led to me purchasing one through Amazon not too long ago.
That was tricky too, because here’s the thing…I’m using one of those “old school” Coke bottles here and I inquired about the base opening diameter to make sure it would be a good fit. The answer I got was helpful but this is the secret – new style empty coke bottles do have the same diameter, but the “threading” is a little different. I kind of understood this a little and expected that it might not be perfect, but as long as it fit well enough that a little rigging would be enough.
If it’s more your style feeder tubes are a good alternative but I understand it can be hit or miss if they leak or not. However they are designed to fit most empty soda bottle necks securely.
Well, the verdict turned out to be a positive one…not a perfect fit (try it with a 20-oz plastic bottle and it’s perfect-which is what it was designed for – so if you’re using those that’s OK, but I jsut am a big fan of glass and can’t beat the old style Coke bottles since they’re collectible and all. A little maneuvering, but nothing I couldn’t do. I’m pretty satisfied with it.
I’ll let you in on a little secret…beforehand I bought one of those “el cheapo” hummer feeders you see int eh garden section of most retailers during the spring and summer seasons. I did this so I could have a prototype to base my first design on,
I hate to digress too much here but there’s a little more to this story that I have to get to…
Since I was already on a roll and in “project mode” why not kill two birds with one stone? (hehehe and I am talking about bird feeders here) after my work was done I moved on to a similar undertaking.
The bulbous base that the nectar goes in is plastic and I hate plastic as far as yard art goes, but I just really needed that base. There were no jars around that would fit this base (and I went through everything) So here is what yours truly did recently:
1. I cut the “neck” of the plastic compartment off. I located one really cute jar…it originally held apple juice, like a single serving of it and I kept the jars because well they were so cute.I thought it was a great size too since the problem with sugar nectar is that it gets dark in color and is no good and has to be replaced in a few days. – so small fits the bill.
2. I used strong adhesive to secure the neck of the cute apple juice jar to the neck of the plastic bottle remaining. (it’s not the kind of plastic that contains polyethylene) I left it alone to set.
3. I did my usual sugar/water routine and assembled the two parts together, base and cute jar.
4. I used craft wire to make a nice hanging attachment. I also used the little metal dealy that came with the cheapo feeder too.
5. Voila-there you have it. Lemons into lemonade and now I have TWO awesome feeders as a result!
If you’re in need of a base and don’t want to have to go through that whole thing with trying to constrict a base-and just get straight to the fun part of decorating your coke bottle – this is the one to get, it’s made by Hummers Galore and will do the job well.
It’s a little tricky to disassemble when the time comes to change the sugar water as you have to pry it open in the middle (and make sure to do this over a sink) but if you really want to make a cute feeder like mine this one will make it a little easier!
Oh and since the arrival of my first handmade feeder yep those little beauties have been hanging around! Attracting them is the easy part (and it helps if you’ve got a lot of vivid foliage around) but photographing them is where we talk about difficult.
Those little buggers are speedy, even when I have my Smartphone nearby I always find myself missing them at just the right moment. But I did try – you may be startled at first since they “vibrate” almost while in mid-flight and seem suspended for a moment while they take a drink but then they’re flitting off again. But even if that part seems difficult the assembly of their very own little feeder should not be!