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6 Reasons To Make a Chandelier for the Birds

DIY Bird Chandelier

This orange-and-cranberry feeder, compliments of CasaSugar will attract birds such as orioles, woodpeckers, finches, thrashers, mockingbirds, and tanagers to your yard.

What you need:

baking sheet
8 to 10 oranges, cut into 27 to 30 slices
cranberries
thread and ribbon
glue gun
embroidery hoop
cinnamon (optional)

What to do:

1. The night before assembly, you need to dry your oranges. Slice oranges about 1/4 inch thick, and lay flat – either directly on the oven rack or on a baking sheet. Bake at 250 degrees F for three to four hours, largely unattended. You can flip the oranges halfway through to make sure they are drying evenly. If you want to keep your chandelier inside, brush cinnamon on the orange slices before baking. This will release a yummy cinnamon smell in your house the entire time the chandelier is up.
2. After the oranges have dried, take out a spool of ribbon, and cut nine pieces of ribbon three inches long. Then cut 18 pieces of ribbon at one inch lengths.
3. With the ribbon, measure out an additional three nine-inch lengths, and then cut three pieces. Tie them 1/3 of the way around the embroidery hoop, so you have the three ribbons evenly spaced. Pull the three pieces even, above the hoop, and tie in a loop for hanging.
4. Now, take your cut orange slices and make nine to 10 chandelier strands, with three orange slices per strand. Use the glue gun to glue the longest ribbon to the top orange slice, and then the shorter one-inch ribbon to each of the next two slices. Lay flat to dry, until you have all of the slices glued and strung.
5. Now, thread a needle and make a strand of cranberries for your middle chandelier strand. Set aside.
6. With the embroidery hoop hanging securely from a hook, take each of the strands of orange slices and loop them over the wood of the hoop. Glue the top, longer ribbon onto itself, going over the embroidery hoop. Space the strands of oranges evenly around the hoop.
7. Hang the cranberry strand from the middle of the knotted ribbon, at the top of the chandelier.
8. Now, display your finished product either outside for your bird friends or over a dinner table. Just make sure to transfer it outside for the birdies to enjoy when you are done!
Do you feed the birds? What birds come to your feeders during the winter months?

Look here to view all of CasaSugar’s photos of the Bird Chandelier.

Photo Credit: CasaSugar

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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6:59AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

interesting

6:53AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Thank You.

2:32PM PST on Dec 3, 2013

I would love to add this to my yard outside. Thanks for the great project idea!

7:09PM PST on Feb 18, 2013

ty

3:17AM PST on Feb 17, 2013

What a great idea, thanks

1:18PM PST on Feb 14, 2013

I love bird watching and take many photos, there so much fun and sound divine.

5:21AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Thanks for sharing

6:10AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

Sweet poem Elizabeth.

7:36AM PST on Feb 22, 2011

I don't think birds will eat dried orange slices. In my birding community, we use fresh orange halves and bananas for mockingbirds.

2:26PM PST on Feb 21, 2011

Thanks

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