DIY Oriole Bird Feeder

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Make your yard bird friendly with this awesome DIY Oriole Bird Feeder project.


DIY Oriole Bird Feeder

I have actually been working on making my backyard a bird sanctuary. I find nature to be extremely relaxing and good for the soul, but I live in the city so getting to nature isn’t always feasible. I decided a couple of months ago to bring nature to me and change our backyard. I have added 2 fairy gardens and multiple bird feeders. We have 4 large trees for them, so that has helped a lot. Since I have done this, I have had a vast variety of birds that have come by for a visit. Last weekend I actually had a Hooded Oriole on my hummingbird feeder! This is not only very exciting but also extremely rare because Hooded Orioles are not in our area. This moment prompted me to find a way to may my own Oriole feeder. Although I don’t expect to see another Hooded Oriole, I do hope to see Bullock’s Orioles and maybe some Tanagers. Of course I automatically jumped on Pinterest to find some DIY Oriole Bird Feeders, I found several but my inspiration for my feeder came from this pin.

I wanted to make one out of things we had around the house to up-cycle some stuff, I found most of the items in my house that worked perfectly.

Here is what I used to make the feeder:
1 pan lid

1 8 inch circle of ½ plywood

1 2x2x12 piece of wood

3 stainless steel condiment cups

1 finishing nail

2 deck screws

Wire for hanging

Spray paint/sealer

Here is what I did:

DIY Oriole Bird Feeder

Cut 3 1 ¼” inch circles in the plywood to hold the condiment cups. Spray paint the plywood and the 2×2. Drill 2 holes in the handle of the lid for the wire. Thread the wire and twist together to make a hoop. Take the 2×2 and screw to the plywood base and then screw the lid to the 2×2. Hammer the finishing nail into the base.

DIY Oriole Bird Feeder

It was very simple to make and only cost me $3. I bought the condiment cups at Goodwill and the 2×2 at Lowes. The cups are removable for easy cleaning. I put grape jelly in one of the cups, mealworms in 2 of the cups and pushed ½ of an orange onto the nail for feeding. It is literally a smorgasbord for Orioles or other birds. I hung the feeder on a hood on our fence, and it is ready for the birds.

DIY Oriole Bird Feeder

Have you ever seen an Oriole or do you have them at your house?

****Update 6/7/2015****

I have had the feeder up for a week now and have had several visits from Bullock’s Orioles. I wanted to share a couple of pictures that I was able to take. I hope you enjoy them!

DIY Oriole Feeder DIY Oriole Feeder
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  1. shelly peterson says:

    This is a great idea! I would love to have a bird feeder in my yard.

  2. Julie Wood says:

    This is a very nice bird feeder that would be great for me to make and put in my backyard. The birds would love all the fun bird food, and I like how nice yours turned out!

  3. I need to show my husband this. We just saw an oriole last week. He loves watching the birds.

  4. I don’t think that we have Orioles in our area. I like to put out bird feeders for our birds though!

  5. This is nifty! I would love to have a property I could do this, I love Orioles! Nice job – I hope you can catch some photos of them!

  6. What a lovely idea. I have oriole in my area so that would be great for them

  7. Ok, I need to make one of these for my backyard. I am trying to make it a natural retreat.

  8. Wow, how exciting! I’d love to see all those different birds. We get yellow finches and hummingbirds…

  9. Janet W. says:

    I’d love to make something similar for my yard. I’d get a kick out of seeing what different birds come up to it!

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