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Suet Birdseed Wreath

A welcome treat for winged winter visitors, this suet/birdseed wreath is a fun and easy project to do with kids. Bird wreath.

 

Approximate Time: 1 hour active time (doesn't include cooling down)

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Supplies:

  • approx. 5 lbs. beef suet
  • cranberries, kumquats
  • bundt pan
  • mixed birdseed, about 2 lbs.
  • roasting pan
  • raffia, ribbon, and/or other decorations

supplies

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Chop suet into large chunks.
  3. cutting up suet
     

  4. Place suet in roasting pan and bake until fat has rendered.
  5. While suet bakes, place cranberries and kumquats in channels of Bundt pan.
  6. bunt pan with cranberries and kumquats
     

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  7. When suet has melted, mix with birdseed.
  8. Ladle a few spoonfuls over the fruit, being careful not to dislodge, then pour remaining mixture over fruit.
  9. Place in a cold place until hardened and solid.
  10. Unmold (place Bundt pan in sink with a few inches of hot water to make this easier).
  11. unmolded wreath
     

  12. Decorate with ribbons, berry sprays, pods, or dried leaves.
  13. Hang in a cold place that doesn't get a lot of sun. Suet WILL melt!

Enjoy the colors and busy antics of winter guests all day long!

By Marilyn from Milford, NH

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February 4, 20090 found this helpful

Lovely wreath and unique idea. I've never seen it before.

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February 4, 20090 found this helpful

W O W !

WOW! ...That's all I can say! ... MAN-OH-MAN! is that ever a beautiful & very useful way to feed our little wildlife critters. THANK YOU for taking the time to post i! ... I've already sent s copy to my mom & several friends because I love your idea so much!

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February 4, 20090 found this helpful

That is such a nice change from the usual suet cake hanging in a cage! Nice job!

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August 3, 20090 found this helpful

I've seen smaller wreaths similar to this, but not nearly as lovely, priced at $19.99 + tax and wished that I knew how to make my own. Thanks for the detailed tutorial! These will be great gifts for my bird-loving friends, too.

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November 25, 20180 found this helpful

Another fun project for the kiddos is to take pine cones and smear them with peanut butter. Roll them in bird seed and let them dry. Tie a red ribbon around the top and hang in the trees for the birds. When my grandchildren were little, I let them make these and wrapped them up as Christmas gifts for their parents.

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We did this outside on the picnic table so there was no mess in the house. This way they could give their parents a gift they had made for them. Everyone loved this idea.

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