Roll the suet into balls approximately 3” in diameter.
Insert a strong hook deeply and firmly, into one end of a suet ball. (Christmas tree decoration hooks work well)
Now for the yummy stuff!
Roll the suet balls in any kind of wild bird seed you wish: black oil sunflower seed, chopped peanuts, white millet, thistle seed or a wild bird seed mix.
You can make up your own wild bird feed mix too by combining the
above bird seed ingredients to roll the suet balls in. Or roll each
suet ball in one seed type only to give your suet balls a varied look.
Tie a ribbon around the hook and your backyard birds can enjoy a festive bird seed feeder treat.
It may take more wild bird seed than you expect to make some of these
Many wild bird stores provide wild bird seed bulk bins that make
purchasing bird seed more affordable.
Sometimes purchasing your
birdfeed in pre-packaged quantities can be more costly.
5. Hang cone from bottom of feeders, tree branches, clothesline or any other location where they can be seen.
A pleasure to watch as the wild birds flock to them to enjoy their bounty.
How to Make Buffet Swags and Wreaths for Wild Birds?
Beautiful swags and wreaths that are not only decorative but tasty treats for our feathered friends make delicious bird seed feeders:
Can be made by tying together small bunches of dried grasses, sunflower heads, Indian corn, and branches from berry bushes.
making a swag, arrange your selection together in a bunch and tie
together with florist wire. Tie ribbon around the middle to decorate and
it will also serve to attract the birds.
To make a
wreath the easy way purchase a grape vine or straw form. (Styrofoam moulds are not recommended as they will break apart and are not environmentally safe. It would also pose a toxic risk to the health of your wild birds.)
Insert the grasses and berry branches alternately into the wreath. Tie on the sunflower heads and corn with florist wire and decorate with ribbon. Voila!
Your home made suet balls and pine cone treats will also make a tasty addition to your swags and wreaths.
All of these tasty and beautiful bird seed feeders are excellent backyard birding treats that make great gifts for the bird watchers on your gift giving list at any time of the year.