Make a Homemade Holiday Feeder for Wildlife Birds

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Make a Homemade Holiday Feeder for Wildlife Birds

Make a suet feeder from cardboard egg carton. Suet is the fatty tissue that surrounds the kidneys of cattle and sheep. It is a great energy source for insect-eating birds, especially in winter and early spring when insects are scarce. This is a fun project to do with your kids, brownies, girl scouts, church groups etc.

Homemade Suet Feeder for birds

Supplies Needed

  • cardboard egg carton
  • green acrylic paint (washable when working with children)
  • mixing bowl and spoons
  • needle nose pliers
  • newspaper of magazine ad booklets
  • paint brush or painting sponge
  • painting apron or old t-shirt can work
  • 2 thick rubber bands (like the ones wrapped around broccoli stems)
  • scissors
  • suet (about 3 cups) or homemade filling made from ingredients below
  •  heavy gauge wire 
  • Optional- Red Ribbon for decorative bow.

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Suet Recipe

  • 1 part peanut butter (crunchy is better)
  • 1 part shortening
  • 1 part flour
  • 3 parts cornmeal
  • 1 part cracked corn
  • 1 part sunflower seeds and/or mixed seed
  1. Cut holes on the bottom of the egg carton
  2. Paint the carton green for the holidays with washable paint
  3. Mix the suet mixture and it will look like greasy cookie dough
  4. Spread Suet mixture inside carton oozing out slightly
  5. Close the carton and secure with two heavy duty rubber bands (broccoli stem bands)
  6. Use heavy gauge wire to Secure the carton to a tree with branches for the birds to stand on while eating the suet.
  7. Add red bow at top of carton (optional)
  8. Remove carton and put in freezer if the weather warms up or if it rains.

*This recipe found on the National Wildlife Federation website.

 

Homemade Bird Feeder

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Will Hamm
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Hello Kristin, I am going to pass this on to my grandkids, I think it is a great project.

Dec 05, 2015 01:03 AM #1
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Oh wow.  This is awesome.  What a great way to take care of our feathered friends.

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Dec 05, 2015 01:16 AM #2
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Hi Will,

That is good news as I think this is a terrific project for kids and teaches them about taking care of wildlife during the winter months.

Dec 05, 2015 01:23 AM #3
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Hi Belinda Spillman 

Thanks so much for the compliment of featuring this post in A+Tudes. Have a great weekend.

Dec 05, 2015 01:24 AM #4
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Sussie Sutton
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I think that I would like to try this with my great-grand kids. They are little and I know they would enjoy it.... going to save this post for reference.

Have a great Christmas!

Dec 05, 2015 01:48 AM #5
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Hi Sussie Sutton 

It looks like something kids would truly enjoy and not expensive to make.

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Great project for the kids with benefit to our fine feathered friends.  Mark

Dec 07, 2015 01:54 PM #7
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Hi Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint 

I am glad you like this project. We want our kids to grow up respecting birds and animals.

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