I enjoy the bright silhouettes of orioles in my window, especially after a long winter. They love fresh oranges and the color orange, making these wreaths perfect for feeding orioles. Hang one of these DIY oriole feeders on or near a sturdy branch so an oriole has a perch from which to peck!
- Coat hanger with a cardboard tube (pictured below)
- Needle-nose pliers (or strong hands)
- Wire cutters
- Cutting board
- Good slicing kitchen knife
- Ribbon and berries (optional)
Remove the cardboard tube from your hanger and bend the two sides of the hanger toward each other until they are spaced about 1 inch apart.
Shape the outline of a bird, as shown. I found that using my hands was the easiest way to start. Then I used needle-nose pliers to shape and smooth any rough curves. Use pliers or a wire cutter to snip the curled ends off the hanger.
Cut oranges into about ¼-inch slices. Cut little pieces of rind from the orange ends into roughly ½-inch triangles. These will serve as spacers between the slices and will help keep everything in place. Thread an orange slice through both wires. Then thread a piece of rind next to it on one or both wires. Repeat until you run out of wire.
Tie a little bow around the bird’s neck and add some berries at the end if you wish. Hang from a tree close to a window so you can watch the feeding orioles!