DIY Crafts · Garden

Make this Simple and Cute DIY Feeder to Bring Orioles to Your Yard

When you spy the colorful plumage of a striking oriole in your backyard, you may just begin a quest to keep them coming back and draw them out of their usual high treetops. That’s exactly what happened to me this summer. We had front row seats for the raising of two nests full of new baby robins this summer since the parents decided to set up housekeeping at the corner of our patio pergola for the season. Extremely cool. 

Both parents painstakingly hopped around the backyard in search of something to dig up and feed the little ones. Then they would stealthily fly into the thick wisteria, trying to fake us out by entering somewhere where the nest was not and then moving to their real target: the hungry younguns. Consequently,  I am now thoroughly acquainted with the movements of a robin and how they find food in our yard. 

So one evening as I’m relaxing on my swing, I spy some flashes of orange in the upper tree branches of the fencerow. Yep, robins, I think. We have a ton of them. But wait! These birds were up there hanging in all sorts of ways to reach berries from the Allegheny viburnum! These were some spry songbirds that weren’t really behaving like our robins. After some quick research, I realized these were indeed orioles up there having a grand old time enjoying some fruit at summer’s end. 

I have more time this summer to enjoy the backyard birds, so this is a first for me seeing orioles right here at home, although in our region it’s not at all uncommon if you’re looking. 

I set out this week to make a feeder to entice the little cuties further down into the yard so we can get a better look before they leave for the season. I found out three preferences of orioles: Number one, they like the color orange. Number two, they like to feast on oranges. And number three, they enjoy grape jelly. 

My little DIY feeder sports an oriole-eye-catching shade and two containers for their preferred foods. So far on day one, no orioles, but a hummingbird took some orange juice. Let’s hope they find the feeder before they’re off for warmer places! 

MaTERIALS

Two small shallow jelly jars

Krylon Fusion All-In-One Spray Paint, Gloss, Popsicle Orange

Six feet of copper color wire, 20 gauge (I plan to make another using more heavy-duty wire. This was easy to bend and work with, but the jars could use a little stronger support)

Jewery charm for decoration if desired

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Spray paint the jars according to the paint can instructions. Thin coats work best. I only spraypaint outdoors. 
  2. Once the jars are dry, you can construct your wire hanger. Find the center of the wire and create a small loop. Twist the wire together. This is what will become the top twisted hook. I did 20 tight twists at the top. 
  3. If you plan to put a charm on your feeder, string it onto one of the wire pieces at this point, then twist the two wires to keep it there. 
  4. Form an oval-shaped opening with the two wires that is the right size for your charm. 
  5. Twist the two wires together tightly to form the central brace. 
  6. Take one of the jars and place it on the left side of your wire hanger. Using the jar just under the lip as a guide, go around the jar three times with the wire. Do the same on the right side. 
  7. Tuck the wires into the jar-sized circles on each side and cut to length. 
  8. Using separate pieces of wire, wrap the two circles and wrap to the central brace. Use pliers to tuck in any ends.
  9. Place the jars into the hanger
  10. Hang from an s hook
  11. You’re done!

The finished product

If you prefer to just buy an oriole feeder, there are a lot of great options like this one from Wayfair.

Enjoy your weekend and happy backyard birdwatching!

DIY Crafts · Home Decor

Easy, Budget Friendly Wall Art Project Adds A Bold Focal Point

Our Colonial Cape Cod home was constructed in 1920. Plenty of updates and changes have occurred in the old place in the span of one hundred years, but we try to retain the spirit of the home’s history in the furnishings and decor.

Our son’s room features a beautiful vintage art deco waterfall bed from the 1930s as well as a matching desk and dresser. The theme for the room began when my dad gave us his old dresser which he used when he was a kid. The curved and inlaid lines combined with the tortoise color pulls make this a special piece. I looked around for a matching bed for a while, but to no avail. One day, my husband spotted a complete authentic waterfall headboard and footboard out on the curb for garbage.  Yes, it is a little

Left, the bed with pillows and artwork, center the dresser with a vintage oil painting hanging above, and right carved detail from the curved footboard.

embarrassing to scavenge through the trash, but we’re not above doing it if someone is throwing away the exact of furniture piece we needed for our room! 🙂  After a thorough cleaning, the bed was in near-perfect condition. 


This is such an easy project you can have it completed in an hour or two, and a grouping like this is a great way to punch up your wall decor. This is an extremely budget-friendly project because using a calendar and poster frames gives you a lot of gorgeous artwork for not much money.

For this project, you will need a high-quality, large-format calendar. I used this National Parks Poster Art of The WPA Oversize Wall Calendar from ziga media. My calendar is not the 2021 edition, but the artwork is extremely similar. 

You will also need six 11 by 17 poster frames of your choice. You can get an entire package of six here. 

Since the furnishings are in an art deco style, I wanted to add artwork from the same time period that would really add a bold accent on the wall above the bed. I love picture groupings, and when I saw this gorgeous, colorful, deco calendar in 1930s style, I knew I had found the perfect solution!

Our son has a great love of national parks and has fond memories of visiting there, so these amazing prints make him happy when he sees them in his room.

Using the frame back as a guide, cut each page you wish to frame to fit the 11 by 17 frame. The images themselves fit very well into a poster frame, and you will be cutting off the calendar part with the months and dates. Then place the prints in the frame. 

Decide what kind of placement you want for your pictures, hang with small nails or command strips, and you’re done! What a quick and easy update!