I love hummingbird feeders. Those little birds are so much fun to watch. They are vocal, have personality and are bold. We have one that visits our yard often. She , I assume it is a she, use to scold me if I was too close to the feeder when she wanted a drink. Now she knows me so well that I can be standing within 2-3 feet of the feeder and she will come by for a drink. She has even done a fly by when I was in the front yard pruning my dessert spoons. She flew so close she brushed my hair. Then landed in the mesquite tree near me to chirp at me before going to the back yard. She will also chirp at me (like she is scolding me) when the feeder is empty or has been taken down to be washed. I have a feeder that I purchased and have been wanting a second one for the front yard. They say you should hang feeders 20 feet apart. These little guys are very territorial and will chase off any newcomers. This is also very fun to watch. They sound like they are scolding each other. I am slowly starting to understand the different chirps of these little guys. My boys also love to watch them fly around. From time to time we have had lots of tiny black flies and the hummingbirds zoom around to snatch them up. Very cool to watch them dart and hover around.
Now go through the first stitch in the end of your chain to make a circle. Then add two rows to the loop you made (so that will be 42 more stitches once you connect the ends). This will give a nice sturdy ring around the top of the bottle.
Chain 14 stitches. Count 7 stitches from the chain and make a single crochet and chain 14 more stitches, single crochet in the 7th stitch from the chain and chain 14 more stitches and single crochet to the base of the first single chain. You are basically making loops. By making chains and connecting them in the middle of a chain from the previous row. Make sense? I am sorry if this is confusing. If you need clarification, please feel free to comment and I will try to better explain. If not leave a comment anyway, I like knowing people like my crafts;)
Once you have gotten to the bottom of the bottle you will make the chains 40 stitches long and single crochet in the 7th stitch. Do this two more times. On the last chain tie it off in the 7th stitch. This will make it easy to take the bottle out to clean it or replace it.
Now make a chain of about 20 stitches. Thread it through the loops at the top of the bottle and tie the ends together to make a hanging loop. I have a chain hanging in my tree with an s-hook to make it easy to take down the feeder to clean and refill it.
Cover the hot glue with silk flowers.
The bartender's spouts have this air tube to help the liquid keep flowing when turned upside down. I plugged this with a round toothpick and then broke off the extra toothpick.
You feeder will drip a little at first till a Vacuum is created. Though I did find that since it was quite windy today, my nectar slowly leaked out all day.
For this feeder, I left the flowers on their stems. They were 4 flowers to a main stem. I wove the stem through the chains. For the most part I didn't glue my flowers in place on this one. I only used glue when I wanted to change the direction a flower was facing or to keep it from sticking out form the hanger. I hot glued the plastic butterflies onto the hanger. Nothing is glued to the bottle.