Growing up I always remember once the cold weather came my dad and I would go to the grocery store and get a few of the suet feeders. This for some reason is a highlight of my childhood I really don’t know why. A few weeks ago I was looking to buy some and couldn’t believe how much they cost! Some were as much as $10! I was not about to pay that at all!
I ended up going to the grocery store and picked up everything I needed to make them and let me tell you that I was able to buy everything I needed for under $20! I actually have a lot of bird seed left over!
For the wreath you will need:
4 cups wild bird seed 1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup fresh cranberries 1 cup unsalted peanuts
1/2 cup warm water 3 tbls corn syrup
1 pack unflavored gelatine 1/2 cup flour (I forgot the flour)
The first step will be to add the fresh cranberries to the bottom of the bunt pan. You don’t have to do this step of you don’t want to but I did just because.
Next in a large bowl mix together the bird seed, peanuts, dried cranberries, water, gelatine, corn syrup and flour if you can remember.
Add the mixture to the bunt pan and make sure to keep patting it down to make it nice and solid. After this you will need to put it into the fridge for a few hours or like myself overnight.
You will need some type of string. I am using hemp rope. You can use ribbon but you will have to make sure to find it once the birds are all done eating the suet feeder. If you use string or rope you won’t have to worry because then the birds can use it for their nest in the spring.
Once it is all hardened add the string/rope or ribbon and then hang on a tree, just make sure the branch is very sturdy because this is heavy! I also doubled my string just to make it sturdy!
I also made ball ones, but these were my first try but they didn’t go as planned. Although the birds don’t care! They still love them!
2 1/2 cups wild bird seed 1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 pound Crisco
This is the kind I would do with children just because it is A LOT more hands on. It is super easy all you need to do is mix everything in a bowl together just make sure your Crisco is liquid!
I then just added about half a cup of the mixture to saran wrap and just molded them into a ball shape. I originally put these into the fridge but it wasn’t enough as they were still very soft and would fall apart very fast if I added the string. I ended up putting them into the freezer for a good 2-3 days. Now they were solid!
I ended up adding the same type of string to these but went around a few times in different directions.
Once I put these on the trees it didn’t take long before the birds were flying over and the squirrels!
This is such an easy and fun project to do! If you have kids I would suggest making this with them and just enjoy watching the birds eating away! If you make theses tag me or use the hashtag #olesyamarie so I can see your creations!