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. 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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