This Reader Made A DIY Oriole Bird Feeder Using Everyday Items

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diy glass bird feeder with white ribbon

Do you love to birdwatch?🐦

As I get older and spend more time outside relaxing, I have noticed how calming and peaceful birdwatching can be. No, really! If you’re looking to forget about the hustle and bustle of the day and let your worries fade away for even a few moments, watching the lovely birds chirping can leave you with a wonderful tranquil feeling.

In order to get more birds to come around, you may want to think about placing a bird feeder outside. If you don’t already have one and don’t want to spend money on a new one, that’s okay! We have a reader who is sharing with us how to make a DIY feeder using items she found around her house.

Check out her story…

ribbon, glass jar and wooden sticks

When we started spending more time at home at the beginning of the pandemic we came to appreciate the local birds who would visit our feeders.

I had been wanting an oriole feeder but stores were closed and I really didn’t want to spend the money on ordering one. I figured there had to be a way to make one with supplies I had at home.

hand holding glass jar with ribbon

I had been saving our Oui yogurt jars which have proved to be the perfect container to use for such a feeder. With a little ribbon and some wood skewers, we created several cute little feeders.

They are super simple to make and you can use jelly alone or add an orange slice on the skewer.

diy bird feeder with jelly and orange slice

These have been a big hit with our local orioles. Wrap one up with a jar of jelly and add an orange for a unique little teacher gift or Mother’s Day present.

If oriole feeders aren’t your thing, did you know that you can buy reusable lids for these jars? You can order them right from the Oui yogurt website.


Thank you, Linda, for sharing this awesome DIY bird feeder idea with us! As awful as the pandemic and quarantine have been, it’s nice to hear people like yourself finding silver linings.🙌

If you love DIY projects, we have lots of fun ideas right over here!

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Comments 10

  1. Kellie

    Such a great idea! I also save my empty Oui jars so I’ll definitely be making several of these. Thanks for sharing!

    • Marilyn

      Might look for a shallower jar. I used a garlic jar.

  2. Dee

    I love this idea. I have Oui jars saved to put those little battery operated candles into for decorating a buffet table. Definitely know what to do with any extras now.

  3. Diana

    What! I love these jars!! I definitely need lids!!! My husband threw some away too cuz they didnt have lids😭😭😭

    • Marilyn Kahler

      Amazon sells them!

  4. Lo

    I knew I was getting old. I too have begun to enjoy birdwatching 🤣🤣🤣

  5. Birdfeeder

    These are too deep to use for oriole feeders. The orioles may seem to like them, but smaller birds can get mired in the jelly and ìt can congeal in their feathers, proving fatal. There are documented cases.

  6. CCStahl

    They may look cute but not practical. Before making one of these please read up on dimensions of feeders for each type of bird and safety hazards. Plus how do keep all the insects out?

  7. Faye

    I use these jars as well, but the ribbon isnt practical for outdoor use. instesd, I use artists wire,wrapped securely around the rim. its perfect for jelly.

  8. Jean B

    As I close in on 60, I am now “seasoned” enough to take notice of God’s gifts on display everyday. I, too, want to sit a spell and view nature around me-slowing down the frantic pace I’ve kept for decades. Thanks for sharing your idea!

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