Make Sweet Suet Treats for the Birds


I spent hours upon hours over the holidays admiring a beautiful bird feeder setup concocted by my clever and nature-loving, bird-watching parents. The biggest of the feeders sits outside of their kitchen window and attracts everything from bluebirds to woodpeckers to a family of cardinals, all poised and chomping on seeds just inches from your face, creating a truly amazing and educational scene. May we all be lucky enough to experience this!

I’m on a mission to make our home welcoming in the same way, with beautiful, effective feeders to make our property feel a little more like a nature preserve, so when I learned you could make your own suet treats for feeders, I set out to try it for myself. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect feeder, but the “ornaments” I created to adorn the trees outside our dining room windows were easy to make, and proved to be a real lure for the wildlife during this cold, blustery month.

Make birdseed ornaments using common household ingredients plus birdseed!

To make the ornaments a little more interesting than your store-bought suet or rectangular forms that fit in bird feeders, I used cookie cutters to shape the seed mixture, pulling an assortment of stars (and trees, and snowflakes) from our own collection of cutters. Before the mixture dried, I used a pointed object to make a hole in the shape to make room for stringing a piece of rope.

How to make suet ornaments using birdseed and cookie cutters.

The mixture dried in the cookie cutter forms overnight and then slid free, and after tying a piece of rope to each ornament, they were ready to hang on the trees outside the window. A sweet suet sight!

Make DIY suet ornaments for your trees this winter.

Learn how to make your own suet by following this tutorial!

You can also see sweet birdhouses in the gallery below.

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I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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