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Orange Bird Feeder

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Making natural orange bird feeders for our feathered friends is super easy. Every winter, when the yard looks drab, I love to make orange bird feeders for yard ornaments and, of course, to feed the birds.

We live in Florida, so we have extra birds visiting our yard in the winter, so these adorable feeders provide much-needed fuel for the birds. In addition, we have some of the bird feeders placed close to our handmade birdhouses, so they are convenient for nesting birds.

orange bird feeder with wooden skewers, twine and bird seed hung in a tree

orange bird feeder

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How to Make an Orange Bird Feeder



Supplies for creating orange bird feeders. Orange, knife, cutting board, grapefruit spoon sitting on a table

Birdseed feeder supplies

Step-by-Step Orange Bird Feeder Instructions 

Preparing the Orange 

The first step for making orange bird feeders is to cut the orange in half. I like cutting it between the top and bottom. However, you can cut it the long way if you prefer. 

Cutting an orange in half on a cutting board with a knife

Cut an orange in half.

Next, I use a small paring knife to cut the orange peel and the pulp.

Using a small paring knife to loosen the pulp from the orange skin

Cutaway the pulp

Then I use a grapefruit knife to scoop the pulp out of the bottom half of the orange. 

Using a grapefruit spoon to scoop out the orange pulp

Remove pulp

Inserting the Skewers

To make the orange bird feeder holders, I insert a wooden skewer about 5/8″ down from the cut edge and then all through the middle and out the other side of the orange peel.

Then I cut the skewer in half using heavy wire cutters; then, I used the extra half to insert into the orange peel to form a crisis cross. 

Pushing a wooden skewer through the orange peel half

Insert skewer

Attaching the Twine

To create a hanger, I cut two pieces of twine 2o inches long. 

Note: I use twine to make the bird feeder hanger since the birds can use the string in the spring to build their nests.


Half of an Orange peel with two skewers inserted with two pieces of twine

Twine for orange bird feeder

I knot one piece of twine to either end of the same skewer, then repeat the process with the other piece of string.

Note: Placing the knots away from the orange peel helps to keep the orange bird feeder from flipping over. 

Half of orange peel with twine tied to the skewers

Twine tied to skewers

I like to form a loop at the top of the twine pieces for hanging.

Note: This step is unnecessary, keeping the twine from tangling. 

Fill with Birdseeds

To fill the orange bird feeder, I spoon in the seed while holding the twine out of the way. 



Filling the finished skewered orange peel half with birdseeds

Fill with birdseed


orange bird feeder with wooden skewers, twine and bird seed hung in a tree

How to Make Orange Bird Feeder

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

DIY handmade bird feeders are so quick and easy to create. Your birds will love them, and they add a splash of color to your yard.


  • Large Orange
  • Twine
  • Wooden Skewers


  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Grapefruit spoon
  • Small paring knife


Homemade Bird Feeder

  1. The first step is to cut your orange in half. I like to cut it between the stem and the bottom. However, you can cut it in the other direction too.
  2. Next, to remove the pulp, I use a small paring knife. Finally, I cut through the orange peel and the pulp area.
  3. Then I use a grapefruit spoon and scoop out the pulp.
  4. Next, I push a wooden skewer through the peel (approx ⅝ inch down from the cut edge) and then out the other side of the orange peel. My goal is to create a crisis cross with two skewers. Therefore, I repeat the process halfway around from the first skewer.
  5. I cut two pieces of twine 20 inches long; then, I tied each one to either side of one skewer. Then I knotted the top of both pieces of twine to form and loop.
  6. Next, I filled the orange bird feeder with wild birdseed.
  7. Finally, I hung them in the trees outside my office window to enjoy the wildlife.


You can use apples as well as oranges for this style of bird feeder.

Hang Orange Bird Feeder

To hang the bird feeders, I use the loop in the twine and place it over a tree or large bush branch. 

Note: These bird feeders and be refilled.

Hanging a orange bird feeder outside

DIY Bird Feeder

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Thursday 14th of March 2024

Hi Kippi this is such a cute and easy to do project. The wild birds that surround us thank you.


Tuesday 25th of January 2022

This is adorable. In NJ the squirrels would destroy this is seconds. The birds would get nothing


Tuesday 25th of January 2022

How clever! I never would have thought of this. Will share with my mom- she loves to feed birds in her backyard. The cats love to watch the show from indoors ;)


Friday 21st of January 2022

Such an ingenious idea! I bet all sorts of birds love this feeder! Smiles, Linda at Paper Seedlings


Friday 21st of January 2022

What a cute idea Kippi - and I bet the birds love it! I've pinned to try in the spring - its waaay to cold here now! Thanks for sharing!

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