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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Oriole feeder tutorial

By popular request...here is how I made my Oriole feeder:

Hold on to your seats because this is time consuming and requires precision and lots of supplies.


And no...I haven't seen an Oriole yet but you'll be the first to know when I do! 

  • (1) tall stake - Dad gave me a nice cherry stake, probably about 6 feet tall to use. It has 3 holes drilled into it at various heights which will be nice to string up my new yellow clematis.
  • (1) 5 or 6" square of plywood - Just about any size will work as long as it's bigger than your jar lid and offers the birds a place to sit and eat a while
  • (1) large jar lid - use the biggest lid you have a available. I used a large blue peanut butter lid but red is really the desired color
  • (1) screw - use anything that will be long enough
  • (1) jar of grape jelly
excuse the dirty hands & nails - I had just spread Bessie's Best
Based on the photo, layer your stake, plywood and lid and screw them together. I used a hammer to insert the stake about a foot into my new garden bed and then put 3 large spoonfuls of jelly in the lid.

We've had some pretty good rain the last couple days so I need to go see how watery the jelly has become. Apparently the friend who told me how to make these feeders has tons of Orioles on her property...I'll be happy with one returning customer :)

Here is my new flower bed with Oriole feeder at the back, rain gauge at the front, 2 clematis, 3 peonies, cornflower, lotsa columbine and a few other goodies mixed in. It still needs some more rocks and mulching but I can't wait for it to fill in this summer and not look like a dirt pile with specks of green :)


Denise :) said...

Sarah, it looks great! It'll be so pretty when everything starts coming up and blooming. I love looking at sunflowers! I really want to give the oriole feeder a try ... I just don't know if it would be worth it. How tall do you make yours? Maybe if it was up high enough the raccoons would leave it be! :)

Janet O. said...

I don't even know if we get oriole around here. But I will look forward to seeing the photos of the ones you get. : ) And I can imagine that garden all filled in. I hope you will share that as well.

Angie said...

Thank you bunches for the tutorial! I can DO this :D

quilt32 said...

Good tutorial. I've never seen an oriole in our area, but I'll enjoy looking pictures of yours.

Connie said...

What a great idea! I'm going to have to try this, we have Orioles because my brothers feed them but I might put one of these in my flowerbed!