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Project

Birdseed Wreath

Make clever use out of a Bundt pan by creating a pretty suet-birdseed feeder for your feathered friends.

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Materials

  • Suet
  • Saucepan or baking dish
  • Fine cheesecloth
  • Measuring cup
  • Fresh cranberries
  • 6-cup Bundt pan
  • Wild birdseed
  • Dried cranberries
  • Roasted unsalted peanuts
  • Large plastic spoon
  • Wide ribbon

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Begin by cutting 1 pound of suet into small chunks and rendering in a saucepan (or baking dish in a 375-degree oven) until all the fat has melted.

  2. Step 2

    Strain rendered suet through fine cheesecloth, allow it to harden at room temperature, and then melt and strain again. Measure out 1 1/2 cups melted suet and set aside.

  3. Step 3

    Place fresh cranberries in bottom of 6-cup Bundt pan in desired pattern (we used three cranberries in every other channel).

  4. Step 4

    In a large bowl, thoroughly combine 4 cups wild birdseed and 1 cup each dried cranberries and peanuts.

  5. Step 5

    Add melted suet to dry ingredients and thoroughly coat using large plastic spoon or your hands.

  6. Step 6

    Once completely combined, fill pan with mixture, being sure to press down firmly as you go.

  7. Step 7

    Allow mixture to harden overnight in the refrigerator (or freezer).

  8. Step 8

    Once hardened, remove pan from fridge and allow to sit at room temperature for 5 or 10 minutes before unmolding.

  9. Step 9

    With wide ribbon, hang wreath outside when temperature is around freezing. Be sure wreath is not in direct sunlight, to avoid melting or spoiling. (Tip: Avoid using twine or rope to tie up wreath as it can pull through and break the side of the wreath.)

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Reviews (5)

  • beeleepain 21 Dec, 2014

    Why render and strain twice? Also, mine hardened and turned white, not clear like it seems in the pics. Any reason?

  • softbreeze2 25 Dec, 2012

    You get suet at the market. As your meat department if they can save some for you. It's the fat that's trimmed off the beef.

  • softbreeze2 25 Dec, 2012

    You get suet at the market. As your meat department if they can save some for you. It's the fat that's trimmed off the beef.

  • Veruzka 10 Feb, 2012

    Since i can't find suet, can i use lard or crisco instead?

  • JShoe64 16 Nov, 2011

    I cannot wait to make this for my Mother. She has many birds that hang around her house all winter (we live in IN). I think this will make a great Christmas gift. Thank you for this inventive idea!