No need to break the budget when it comes to attracting orioles! This simple DIY oriole feeder was inspired by one designed by Daniel Medbury of Plymouth, Michigan. We’ve simplified it a bit so anyone can build it – even a child with some adult supervision. You may even have enough scrap lumber lying around to make one or two without spending a dime.
- One scrap 2 x 4, at least 13 inches long
- One 1-inch x 8-inch board, about 12 inches long
- One 1/4-inch dowel, at least 18 inches long
- Four 2-1/2-inch galvanized finishing nails
- Four common nails
- Waterproof carpenter's glue
- One screw eye for hanging the feeder
- Table saw
- Power drill
- Combination square
Cut a 2 x 4 board at least 13 inches long. Cut two 45° angles to form a centered peak on one end (this will become the top). Use a combination square or tri-square to help draw the cutting angles.
"Dog-ear" the corners at the bottom end by sawing about 3/4 inch off each corner at a 45° angle.
Drill two 1/4-inch holes. Center one hole 1-1/4 inches from bottom of the board and the other 6-1/2 inches from bottom. Make sure you drill the holes perpendicular to the 2 x 4. This will ensure that your perches will be straight.
Cut two roof pieces from the 1-inch x 8-inch board. One section should measure approximately 6 inches x 7-1/4 inches and the other 5-1/4 inches x 7-1/4 inches. If you'd like, dog-ear the outside corners of the roof pieces by cutting off about 1 inch from each corner at a 45° angle.
Nail the roof pieces to the 2 x 4 peak with two common nails. The longer piece overlaps the shorter.
The oranges are held onto the feeder by spearing them onto 2-1/2-inch finishing nails. Center these nails on each side of the 2 x 4 about 3 inches above each perch hole. Drive the nails about 1 inch into the 2 x 4 at a downward angle so the oranges won't slide off.
Cut the 18-inch dowel in half for perches. Insert the dowels into the holes and center them. A little waterproof carpenter's glue in the holes will hold the perches firmly in place.
File or cut a flat spot in the center of the roof peak for a screw eye, which is used to hang the feeder. Drill a pilot hole first to prevent the wood from splitting.
A coat of deck stain is optional, but it'll help protect the wood from weather. Be sure the stain is dry before using the feeder.